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Year Zero: A Novel
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Rob Reid is the founder of Listen.com, which created the Rhapsody service, the world's largest seller of online music until it was eclipsed (rather badly, he'll admit) by Apple's iTunes service. He is the author of "Year One, "a memoir about student life at Harvard Business School, and "Architects of the Web, " a business history of the Internet. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Morgan.

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Praise for "Year Zero"
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"Hilarious, provocative, and supersmart, "Year Zero "is a brilliant novel to be enjoyed in perpetuity in the known universe and in all unknown universes yet to be discovered."
John Hodgman, resident expert, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
"Reid's extreme imagination never wanes as he builds an entire universe solely on how alien societies would react to our music and culture. Nothing is typical or obvious. Reid uses the lens of an outsider to unleash a sarcastic--and hilarious--rant on how obsessed we are with technology and greed."
Associated Press
"Holy hilarity! A new force in geek humor is upon us. You'll never think the same way again about extraterrestrials, bad music, buggy technology--or lawyers!"
Chris Anderson, TED curator
"I loved it. Funny, smart, silly . . . three things I also happen to admire in a novel. Bottom line: recommended. Buy it and read it."
Phil Plait, "Discover Magazine"
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""Year Zero "made me laugh out loud "and" taught me stuff about copyright infringement: It's clever, smart, and so original that people are probably already trying to rip it off."
Charles Yu, author of "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe"
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"All in all, it's a supremely fun read which will remind you how much you love science fiction comedy--and how much you hate the music industry."
io9
"My pick for best (and funniest) sci-fi book of the year."
Chris Anderson, editor in chief, "Wired"
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"Hailed as this summer's best beach read for science fiction and music geeks . . . It's an often hilarious satire on much of current entertainment, including reality TV, the legal profession and fandom (interstellar and otherwise), but the book's crowning achievement is that it actually makes copyright funny."
"Toronto Star"
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""Year Zero" is ROFLMAO funny, insightful, and sly: A sort of Hitchhiker's Guide to our own tortured commercial/litiga
Praise for "Year Zero"
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"Fans of Douglas Adams will rave about this smart, funny satire. Debut novelist Reid, founder of Listen.com, has crafted a masterly plot that deftly skewers the American obsession with music, money, and power. Fast paced and original, this is highly recommended."
"Library Journal" (starred review)
"I loved it. Funny, smart, silly . . . three things I also happen to admire in a novel. Bottom line: recommended. Buy it and read it."
Phil Plait, "Discover Magazine"
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"With chess master precision, the refreshingly ray gun-free novel wittily plays with the possibilities of its fantastical plot. It mixes airtight point-and-counter point rounds of arguments with wild travails to distant worlds. The careful cohesion of "Year Zero" is a marvel given its star-hopping digressions."
"Buffalo News"
"The fun in "Year Zero" comes from the banter among the main characters, all of whom are well drawn and hilarious in their own right. While the novel satirizes the music industry, it's obvious the author feels as passionately as some of the alien characters about the power of pop music."
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"Reid's extreme imagination never wanes as he builds an entire universe solely on how alien societies would react to our music and culture. Nothing is typical or obvious. Reid uses the lens of an outsider to unleash a sarcastic--and hilarious--rant on how obsessed we are with technology and greed."
Associated Press
"All in all, it's a supremely fun read which will remind you how much you love science fiction comedy--and how much you hate the music industry."
io9
"My pick for best (and funniest) sci-fi book of the year."
Chris Anderson, editor in chief, "Wired"
""Awesome." Think "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, " but with copyright law driving a major plot line. A mainstream humorous sci-fi novel that uses the Berne Convention as a key plot point and tosses aside casual r

Advance praise for "Year Zero"
"Can you imagine "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" combined with "The Social Network"? Of course you cannot: because only Rob Reid can. Hilarious, provocative, and supersmart, "Year Zero" is not merely the first IPSF (intellectual property SF) epic ever written, it is also a plain brilliant novel to be enjoyed in perpetuity, in the known universe and all unknown universes yet to be discovered."--John Hodgman, resident expert, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"
""Year Zero" is a brilliant satire of the American entertainment industry, and I never stopped grinning."--Kevin Hearne, author of The Iron Druid Chronicles
"This book is already required reading on all of the educated planets in the universe, and now they're letting us Earthlings have a look at it, too. There are at least 3.6 good jokes and 9.7 clever ideas per page. I did the math: that's a really impressive ratio. I never thought I would say this, but this book made me laugh out loud "and" taught me stuff about copyright infringement. Clever, smart, and so original that people are probably already trying to rip it off."--Charles Yu, author of "How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe"
"Witty and original--I loved it. A biting satire of the record business and those who run it . . . and ultimately ran it into the ground."--Cliff Bleszinski, creator, Gears of War
"Holy hilarity! A new force in geek humor is upon us. You'll never think the same way again about extraterrestrials, bad music, buggy technology--or lawyers!"--Chris Anderson, TED curator
""Year Zero" is ROFLMAO funny, insightful, and sly: A sort of Hitchhiker's Guide to our own tortured commercial/litigation culture, by way of planet Zinkiwu."--Mark Jannot, editor in chief, "Popular Science"
"What if aliens heard our music--and really liked it? You could 'what if' for the next millennium and still not come up with as many zany scenarios asn


"Can you imagine "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" combined with "The Social Network"? Of course you cannot: because only Rob Reid can. Hilarious, provocative, and supersmart, "Year Zero" is not merely the first IPSF (intellectual property SF) epic ever written, it is also a plain brilliant novel to be enjoyed in perpetuity, in the known universe and all unknown universes yet to be discovered."--John Hodgman, resident expert, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart"

"Witty and original--I loved it. A biting satire of the record business and those who run it . . . and ultimately ran it into the ground."--Cliff Bleszinski, creator, Gears of War

"Holy hilarity! A new force in geek humor is upon us. You'll never think the same way again about extraterrestrials, bad music, buggy technology--or lawyers!"--Chris Anderson, TED Conference curator

""Year Zero" is ROFLMAO funny, insightful, and sly: A sort of Hitchhiker's Guide to our own tortured commercial/litigation culture, by way of planet Zinkiwu."--Mark Jannot, editor in chief, "Popular Science"

"What if aliens heard our music--and really liked it? You could 'what if' for the next millennium and still not come up with as many zany scenarios as Rob Reid does in this tale of copyright law, astrophysics, biophysics, and crazy physics that hasn't yet been invented. So sit back, hold your sides to ease the laughing pains, and find out whether Earth survives."--Jill Tarter, director, Center for SETI Research

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