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Book List

Year Zero (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780345534415
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Del Rey, 7/2012

Meet Rob at the Redondo Beach on Monday, July 9th


Year Zero is when aliens first discovered that we Earthlings had a talent for music¹. The rest of cosmos, it would seem, sucks at its creation. Sucks so bad that the first Earth music to reach them, during the end credits of Welcome Back, Kotter, caused many an alien to die in apparent ecstasy. Go figure. And don’t get me started about when real music finally reached alien auditory structures². Anyway, years go by and the time is now, and our music has a bit of an intergalactic cult following³. And these aliens now realize they have a bit of a problem. They’ve been listening to our music FOR FREE for decades and by our laws … and theirs … they owe Earth a bit of money … okay, a lot of money … okay, so much money that the entire cosmos of music-loving beings owes Earth every single unit of commerce ever devised since the Big Bang. So, what to do? Well, you’ve got your nicer aliens who want to cut us a deal, and your not-so nice aliens who would just blow up the planet and have done. Enter our hero, Nick Carter. No not that Nick Carter, the other one … the probably-about-to-be-fired mid-level New York copyright lawyer. To save Earth, Nick will have to become Larger Than Life and make those pesky aliens Quit Playing Games. For More than That, you’ll just have to read the book.

Year Zero is a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy4 for the new millennia, designed for Men in Black … and any other sentient being with a sense of humor. And aside from being laugh-out-loud funny, Year Zero is also quite informative. Did you know you could be fined $150,000 per illegally downloaded song or movie? Or that this fact might just lead to Earth’s destruction? Author Rob Reid, founder of Rhapsody, knows a wee bit about this … and may just be in contact with extraterrestrial music aficionados. Rock on!      


¹ We call it 1977 … and we know it mostly as the year Star Wars debuted, but I digress.

² It wasn’t pretty.

³ Galactic understatement! They’ve actually patterned the universe after us ... in their own way ... and Everybody speaks English.

4 Gotta love you some Vogon poetry!       


Coming in July.

Existence (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780765303615
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Tor Books, 6/2012
First Contact. But not as you would expect. An astronaut finds an egg-shaped crystal while collecting garbage in Space, touches it, and things get very interesting very quickly. "Join us!" But is this the first such stone to fall into mankind’s hands? Meanwhile, on the surface of the Earth and beneath the sea, life marches on. A world famous science fiction writer does his bit for kin and country. A star reporter becomes a hero and then becomes something much more. A lowly scavenger makes a significant discovery while diving off of the coast of his flooded country. A billionaire playboy is “rescued” by a pod of rather intelligent dolphins. Just a few of the multiple viewpoints that populate Brin’s future Earth, an Earth on the brink.

Existence is so full of Brin-ish ideas and concepts that I don’t even know where to begin. Alien contact, divergent human species, artificial intelligence, smart mobs, global warming, differing (often bickering) alien philosophies, mankind’s place in the universe, human history turned on its end ... the transparent society, social upheavals, terrorist attacks, Awful Day ... and much much more. All of this in an incredibly thought-provoking and faced-paced story ... each page loaded with a sense of wonder and optimism that is often lacking in today’s science fiction. This one’s sure to be on many an awards shortlist. It’s that good. And lastly, I hope this is just the start of something because I really need to know what happens next. So David, where’s my next book?