Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rob Reid's 6 favorite books

Rob Reid is the founder of the digital music service Rhapsody. His debut novel is Year Zero.

One of his six favorite books, as told to The Week magazine:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Much as the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's affected every brainy rock album that followed it, Adams's Hitchhiker series has influenced every work of playful science fiction since the Carter era. Adams taught us that aliens can be bumbling, petty, sarcastic, or vain — and not strictly terrifying, omniscient, or gooey.
Read about another book on Reid's list.

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy appears on Esther Inglis-Arkell's list of ten of the best bars in science fiction, Charlie Jane Anders's list of ten satirical novels that could teach you to survive the future, Don Calame's top ten list of funny teen boy books, and John Mullan's list of ten of the best instances of invisibility in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue