Year Zero- Book Discussion

Year Zero by Rob Reid, is what happens when the whole galaxy goes all "napster" on us...Alien life does exist and they are kind of litigious!

 

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.

 

As always copies will be available from the Ivy at a 10% discount.

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  • Lisa K.

    Go lost with the logic on how Nick saved the earth. Did I understand that the humans would ***Spoiler alert*****
    unknowingly reproduce a copy of alien music biologically to wipe out a debt that they unknowingly are owed? It seems Nick went to a lot of trouble for something that no one knows. I'm sure there's humor in that....yes there is; the more I think about it.

    June 18, 2013

    • Ben

      I think you've got the logic down, but I'm not sure if it really works. Just like you're not responsible for actions your system takes as part of a botnet, I doubt you're responsible for piracy committed by a third-party using your computer (or DNA) as a medium.

      And why are all the authors we're reading obsessed with the junk DNA myth? A quick visit to Wikipedia's page on noncoding DNA should have scuttled the junk DNA hogwash in Dervish House and Year Zero.

      June 20, 2013

    • Lisa K.

      I was wondering the same about the DNA myth.

      June 20, 2013

  • Brian D.

    Is the only reason people do TED talks is to dress business casual and wear a whisper mike? Just wondering. Here's Rob Reid:

    http://www.ted.com/talks/rob_reid_the_8_billion_ipod.html

    June 20, 2013

  • Ben

    Somewhat random, but since I don't know how else to do a group-wide message: would anyone be interested in putting together a team for http://www.meetup.com/geektriviaalliance/ ? It sounds pretty awesome.

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Brian D.

      I have a friend who runs a trivia contest as well, and they have some great prizes. I set in on one session though and got my hat handed too me. It was embarrassing. However, I have no problem with going down in flames amongst a group of friends, so I am up to a trip to the barcade or for trivia.

      June 17, 2013

    • Lisa K.

      I'm only a pretend-a-geek when no memory so trivia is out. Sorry

      June 18, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    OK, that part where Bill Gates is an alien doppelganger and why is funny.

    June 18, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    "Why did the Octarian Weevil upload it's ganglions to both instantiations of the OverNet, instead of Just One?

    Octarion is somethine with 8 somethings
    Ganglion is "any of certain masses of gray matter in the brain, as the basal ganglia." per Dictionary.com
    Instantiations is:
    1. the act or an instance of instantiating
    2. the representation of (an abstraction) by a concrete example
    3. logic
    a. the process of deriving an individual statement from a general one by replacing the variable with a name or other referring expression
    b. the valid inference of an instance from a universally quantified statement, as David is rational from all men are rational
    c. a statement so derived
    OverNet: nope no ideal.

    Answer: because he wanted to have second thoughts.

    Hummm,

    June 18, 2013

  • Colleen

    I'd join in. I will warn you that while I'm often accused of being a trivial person, I'm actually pretty mediocre at it.

    1 · June 16, 2013

    • Colleen

      and this was meant to be in reply to Ben's thing.. whoops.

      June 16, 2013

    • Ben

      I'm actually really bad at trivia too. You'd think not drinking would be a big advantage, but it's not enough in my case.

      June 16, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    The Eaterie scene was funny. I was in tears laughing though it could be because I've been in a similar situation getting too close to a nest my self and watching Mocking Birds dive bomb my dogs when they got to close. Sadly for one Mocking Bird my Ridgeback Abigail was faster. To my detriment she enjoyed her freshly caught snack, as I stood there screaming.

    1 · June 2, 2013

    • Brian D.

      You should read the book "what the Robin knows!" I am surprised that ppflutter is a real app yet!

      June 12, 2013

    • Ben

      Phluttr is sort of real, it's just not a single app because it's very difficult to write a single app that understands the (often changing) behavior of other apps. Instead, mobile OS developers seem content to provide the APIs to spam services like Twitter and Facebook, relying on developers to code the functionality themselves - which they will do because they are possessed by the innate, ravenous drive to become viral. And to spam your friend feed. And to accidentally reveal that you're listening to Rebecca Black on repeat.

      June 16, 2013

  • Whitney

    Taking a class TuTh at present. :(

    June 12, 2013

  • Lisa K.

    OK. alien's died because of this song,,,,as the volcan's would say "Fascinating" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZzEzDkeHzI

    2 · June 2, 2013

    • Brian D.

      They should have referred to the event as the "revelation of Horshach".....geez,­ look at me abuse these quotation marks.

      June 12, 2013

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