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offline zaphod from the metaverse on 2002-09-08 05:15 [#00383806]
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anyone here fans of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? 42


 

offline ecnadniarb on 2002-09-08 05:16 [#00383808]
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I am not a fan, but I know of it.


 

offline Inverted Whale from United States Minor Outlying Islands on 2002-09-08 05:20 [#00383820]
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I'm a big fan, although the 5th book of the trilogy was a
total disaster ...

I still have my pair of peril sensitive sunglasses from the
old computer game...


 

offline marlowe from Antarctica on 2002-09-08 05:24 [#00383821]
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yes Whale, the 5th book was.... strange. so melancholy, and
then he killed them all.

i have the mp3s of the radio play too (used to have the
tapes but someone borrowed them and died in a terrible
ferret-related accident)



 

offline roygbivcore from Joyrex.com, of course! on 2002-09-08 05:28 [#00383825]
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i used to have a pair of shoes which i scrawled DONT PANIC
across

oddly enough i was wearing them on september 11th


 

offline marlowe from Antarctica on 2002-09-08 05:34 [#00383829]
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and it's an anagram of DOC 'N' PAINT


 

offline Desdemona from Lake Mendota on 2002-09-08 05:44 [#00383835]
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I am a fan of its quotes, I can't remember reading it.
(Lost in the haze of the 5th grade, I guess) I spent a lot
of time in high school writing 42 under math questions I ran
out of time to answer on tests. There was a history teacher
who'd actually give you credit for that once a year.


 

offline w M w from London (United Kingdom) on 2002-09-08 05:48 [#00383839]
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I heard about that "42" bit inderectly from another source
(a book about chaos I reckon)

They realized that while the answer was clear and precise,
the question was not


 

offline zaphod from the metaverse on 2002-09-08 05:52 [#00383840]
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my favorite in the series is the restaurant at the end of
the universe. it falls apart once you hit mostly harmless,
which was obviously written to cash in.
anyone here read Dirk Gently books?


 

offline marlowe from Antarctica on 2002-09-08 06:04 [#00383851]
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If it was written to cash in, it wouldn't have been in the
vein it was... It was written shortly before he died, and
unless God has changed his policies, cash is useless in
heaven


 

offline zaphod from the metaverse on 2002-09-08 06:06 [#00383853]
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ummm. mostly harmless was written in 1992. he died in 2000.
eight years. you do the math.


 

offline roygbivcore from Joyrex.com, of course! on 2002-09-08 06:06 [#00383855]
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uh, it was written at least 5 years before he died... i'm
not sure when it was written but i remember reading it well
before i heard he was dead.... long before


 

offline roygbivcore from Joyrex.com, of course! on 2002-09-08 06:07 [#00383857]
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see?


 

offline zaphod from the metaverse on 2002-09-08 06:07 [#00383859]
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anyway it wasn't his decision to write. his publishing house
knew they would make money and literally forced him to write
the thing.


 

offline urb from Trondheim (Norway) on 2002-09-08 16:09 [#00384095]
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Ah.. Dirk Gently's hollistic detective agency. Adams was an
excellent writer.

Anybody read his book with Mark Carwadine, Last Chance to
See? Great read, even if you're not an enviromental nutter.


 

offline Ubik from United States on 2002-09-08 16:15 [#00384096]
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maybe i'm stupid... but what came first... the first book or
the radio show, then later there was a TV show


 

offline zaphod from the metaverse on 2002-09-08 16:35 [#00384102]
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radio show came first, then books and tv
and Last Chance to See is my personal favorite of all of his
books.


 

offline Jarworski from The Grove (United Kingdom) on 2002-09-08 17:59 [#00384155]
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The first book was easily the best IMO... although the third
book I think had the funniest passages, if I remember that's
the one where Arthur Dent learns to fly... I laughed solidly
for about 5 pages :oD


 

offline zaphod from the metaverse on 2002-09-08 18:25 [#00384179]
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in the fourth book dent flies and has sex on the wing of an
airplane.
the second was by far the best though.


 

offline J198 from Maastricht (Netherlands, The) on 2002-09-08 19:33 [#00384235]
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i just borrowed this book (the first 4 parts) from a friend
and look forward to reading it. I just finished fight club
which was most excellent and i'm also looking for the 2nd
book in the 'his dark materials' trilogy. Great reading
recommendations on this messageboard!


 

offline thanksomuch from planet claire on 2002-09-08 19:49 [#00384242]
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i am a fan.


 

offline Ubik from United States on 2002-09-08 20:02 [#00384250]
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so did Douglas adams write the original radio show by
himself? or did he just condense it all into book form from
a group effort?


 

offline marlowe from Antarctica on 2002-09-08 21:03 [#00384302]
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Oh well, I take it back then


 

offline qrter from the future, and it works (Netherlands, The) on 2002-09-08 21:15 [#00384314]
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every version in every media (book, tv, radio) is a
different version of just about the same story. very
confusing.

I love HG2G.. I have the tapes - been listening to them
today actually..

I love the part with Arthur flying too - wasn't it because
he was falling and saw the bag he had lost years before at
Heathrow airport lying on the ground..?

I love the first page of the last book too.. with the people
who design starships that run on bad news, which meant they
weren't welcome anywhere in the universe.. HA HA HA HA!


 

offline qrter from the future, and it works (Netherlands, The) on 2002-09-08 21:15 [#00384316]
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"in large friendly letters on the cover"


 


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