"Year Zero" by Rob Reid (2012)

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This is a heads up on an book that's scheduled for release on July 10, 2012, "Year Zero" by Rob Reid.

Book Description: 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 the absurdly dysfunctional music industry.

Low-level copyright lawyer Nick Carter thinks it's a prank, not an alien visitation, 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.

Ever since what has come to be known as Year Zero--when the smooth stylings of 1970s TV theme songs first reached alien ears--the universe has been downloading Earth's music. Now they've realized that, according to the Copyright Damages Improvement Act, every single download will cost $150,000 in fines--in other words, all the wealth in the universe and then some. It would be far cheaper just to destroy the Earth.

And Carly and Frampton have just tapped Nick to save the world.

Nick Carter is an unlikely galaxy-hopping hero: He's scared of heights. He's about to be fired. And he lives with the curse of having 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.

About the Author
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, where he received his MBA, and wrote Architects of the Web, the first true business history of the internet. He lives in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Morgan [Webb].
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