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.
Praise for "Year Zero"" " "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"" " ""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"" " "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"" " "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"" " ""Year Zero" is ROFLMAO funny, insightful, and sly: A sort of Hitchhiker's Guide to our own tortured commercial/litiga