Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams
Mostly Harmless (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #5) .. Mostly Harmless is the closing chapter of Douglas Adams' series, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I started my relationship with the book without a lot of trust - the reviews I've read. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Ford Prefect, of the planet Betelgeuse, and The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book 2 . It felt like several chapters were written with no connection to the rest of the book and there were simply too many scenes and situations that simply. carny · Galaxy-Hitchhiker · about moderation team» At the end of the Mostly Harmless radio drama the Babelfish save I would love to finish Hitchhiker on a slightly more upbeat note, so five seems The Guide MK II manipulated the Grebulons into blowing up Earth with all the main characters on it.
Although the majority of the saga is set on distant planets, and contains plenty of real-life science and technology, at its core it retains a thoroughly surreal and very English sense of humour.
Such a combination might sound incongruous, but it's a formula which would help pave the way for everything from Red Dwarf to Men in Black the latter, admittedly, rather more transatlantic in its comedy.
The story's most fundamental themes, meanwhile, include such reassuringly earthy — and earthly — subjects as cricket and towels.
Yes, this is a story populated by such exotic characters as Gargravarr, the disembodied mind in charge of the Total Perspective Vortex, and Eccentrica Gallumbits, the triple-breasted whore of Eroticon Six. Yet there are also mentions of rich tea biscuits, Islington shops, Which magazine and American Express cards.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 30 years on: why we should still be reading it
Spaceships await deliveries of lemon-soaked paper napkins; aliens watch gameshows and take holidays in Bournemouth. Main protagonist Arthur Dent is more Peepshow's Mark Corrigan than Captain Kirk, sporting a dressing gown, forever in search of a nice cup of tea, and responding to his enforced interplanetary adventures with disgruntled, beta-male sarcasm. Ford Prefect, his alien companion, likewise favours drunken parties over Star Wars-style heroics.
As Stephen Fry, one of the series' most noted fans, told the South Bank Show, he was first attracted to Hitchhiker's because, in contrast to most science fiction, "it was absolutely on a human scale".
The broad appeal of Hitchhiker's can be measured, in part, by the sheer range of high-profile figures involved in its various incarnations. For some reason, if a strag strag: Furthermore, the strag will then happily lend the hitchhiker any of these or a dozen other items that the hitchhiker might have accidentally "lost. What the strag will think is that any man that can hitch the length and breadth of the Galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through and still know where his towel is, is clearly a man to be reckoned with.
Hence a phrase that has passed into hitchhiking slang, as in "Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is.
The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't. People of Earth, your attention, please.
As you will no doubt be aware, the plans for development of the outlying regions of the Galaxy require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system. And regrettably, your planet is one of those scheduled for demolition. The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes.
Energize the demolition beams.
[SPOILER] Can someone explain the ending of Mostly Harmless? : DontPanic
I don't know, apathetic bloody planet, I've no sympathy at all. There was a terrible ghastly silence. There was a terrible ghastly noise. Chapter 4[ edit ] It was for the sake of this day that he had first decided to run for the Presidency, a decision which had sent waves of astonishment throughout the Imperial Galaxy—Zaphod Beeblebrox?
Not the Zaphod Beeblebrox? Many had seen it as a clinching proof that the whole of known creation had finally gone bananas. The President is always a controversial choice, always an infuriating but fascinating character.
His job is not to wield power but to draw attention away from it. Footnote Chapter 5[ edit ] Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you alright?
One of the things Ford Prefect had always found hardest to understand about humans was their habit of continually stating and repeating the very very obvious, as in It's a nice day, or You're very tall, or Oh dear you seem to have fallen down a thirty-foot well, are you alright? At first Ford had formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour.
If human beings don't keep exercising their lips, he thought, their mouths probably seize up. After a few months' consideration and observation he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one.
If they don't keep on exercising their lips, he thought, their brains start working. After a while he abandoned this one as well as being obstructively cynical. Here is what to do if you want to get a lift from a Vogon: They are one of the most unpleasant races in the Galaxy—not actually evilbut bad-tempered, officious and callous. They wouldn't even lift a finger to save their own grandmothers from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders signed in triplicate, sent in, sent back, queried, lost, found, subjected to public inquiry, queried, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters.
It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier but from those around it. It absorbs all unconscious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them.
The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.
Arthur Dent's spaceliner, crashes on a primitive planet Lamuela, yet he's still alive. The only survivor takes up a new profession, would you believe, Sandwich Maker Adored by the natives, a gift from the gods, such skill with his handsnobody here could think of putting meat from Perfectly Normal Beasts, don't ask and whatever else, between two pieces of bread Arthur is finally content, a job that he is good at Thus Arthur's need for monetary funds, depositing much in institutions around the galaxy, and paid quite well Dent of course, the same emotion prevails towards her mother, and is not that crazy either with all the other universes, a typical teenage daughter.
Arthur Dent, will now fully experience the essence of what being a father entails, may God have mercy on his soul A lesser Hitchhiker's Guide book