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Year Zero - Rob Reid
Year Zero
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An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet. Worse, they were lawyering up. . . .  In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurdly... show more
An alien advance party was suddenly nosing around my planet. Worse, they were lawyering up. . . .  In the hilarious tradition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Rob Reid takes you on a headlong journey through the outer reaches of the universe—and the inner workings of our absurdly dysfunctional music industry.   Low-level entertainment lawyer Nick Carter thinks it’s a prank, not an alien encounter, when a redheaded mullah and a curvaceous nun show up at his office. But Frampton and Carly are highly advanced (if bumbling) extraterrestrials. And boy, do they have news.   The entire cosmos, they tell him, has been hopelessly hooked on humanity’s music ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), when American pop songs first reached alien ears. This addiction has driven a vast intergalactic society to commit the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang. The resulting fines and penalties have bankrupted the whole universe. We humans suddenly own everything—and the aliens are not amused.   Nick Carter has just been tapped to clean up this mess before things get ugly, and he’s an unlikely galaxy-hopping hero: He’s scared of heights. He’s also about to be fired. And he happens to have the same name as a Backstreet Boy. But he does know a thing or two about copyright law. And he’s packing a couple of other pencil-pushing superpowers that could come in handy.   Soon he’s on the run from a sinister parrot and a highly combustible vacuum cleaner. With Carly and Frampton as his guides, Nick now has forty-eight hours to save humanity, while hopefully wowing the hot girl who lives down the hall from him.“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
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780345534415 (0345534417)
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Pages no: 364
Edition language: English
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PamM
PamM rated it
4.5 Science Fiction that Rocks
Lawyer Nick Carter thought he had problems - and then two aliens walked into his office. It seems the universe loves Terran pop music - and in their hunger for material, have committed copyright violations of literally galactic proportions. Earth now owns the known universe, and some aliens are ve...
Kythe42's Astral Library
Kythe42's Astral Library rated it
5.0 Review of Year Zero by Rob Reid
Year Zero is a very funny book and I absolutely loved it. This book makes fun of the music industry and copyright laws. The basic premise is that the rest of the universe is obsessed with Earth music, but before they became familiar with Earth laws they had already pirated so much Earth music that t...
sarafrances
sarafrances rated it
bouns star for John Hodgman singing a version of "I Want it that Way"!
florinda3rs
florinda3rs rated it
Copyright attorney Nick Carter is stunned by the story he’s told by the brother-sister intergalactic pop stars Frampton and Carly when they arrive unannounced in his office one evening. My recollections of 1977 here on Earth are that it wasn’t an especially significant year for much of anything, but...
AmySea
AmySea rated it
2.5 stars. There were truly funny bits in Year Zero, especially in the beginning of the book. There was a lot here that Generation X-ers like me can identify with, and seeing our experiences with technology and pop culture reflected back was pretty entertaining.The main problem with the book, thou...
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