By Stephan Lee
Updated June 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM EDT
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Love The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy? If you do, you might want to check out Year Zero by author Rob Reid, coming out July 10. In the spirit of nerdy, ultra-pop sci-fi satire, Reid’s new novel skewers the dysfunctional state of the music industry today — as experienced by aliens from outer space. Read the novel’s premise:

It shouldn’t be a surprise that John Hodgman, author of The Areas of My Expertise, who also happens to be the coolest dork around (you might recognize him as the PC from the Apple ads), is already a big fan. Watch him as he preps to narrate the audiobook for Year Zero:

Also, check out the first chapter!:

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