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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Das hat die Besatzung des Sternenschiffs »Herz aus Gold« vor Wäre da nicht der missliche Umstand zunächst den Vogonen entkommen zu müssen irgendwie zu vermeiden zum übelsten Planeten der. There is theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even bizarre and inexplicableThere is another theory which states that this has already happened Arthur Dent and his companions went through some bizarre and inexplicable adventures after the Earth got blown to bits by Vogons in the opening seuence of the series They were probably too close to making sense of their situation because Douglas Adams decided to turn it all around for the seuelIs is not an easy claim to make that the second Hitchhiker book is better than the previous one since there was nothing wrong with the first one Yet for various reasons I ended up reading it faster and enjoying it It may be the fact that there is actually a plot like searching for the ruler of the universe as opposed to searching for a philosophical answer to the ultimate uestion It may be that the jokes are better anchored in the actual story and feel less like an improvised skit It may be that most of the characters are already established and we get less exposition and action For me though I guess the main attraction is to discover Adams hardcore nugget of humanism that holds it all together like the black hole at the center of our Galaxy Douglas Adams first points out to us how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things how tiny our problems are from the perspective of the Cosmos Once he got us well and truly scared he comes out with his guide to Life The Universe and Everything and puts on its cover the words Don t Panic We may not understand everything there is to know about these issues but we re alive we are gifted with reasoning and we might as well enjoy the ride The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infiniteley complex and confusing Universe for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters it does at least make the reassuring claim that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate In cases of major discrepancy it s always reality that s got it wrong While the main uest may be the search for the man who rules the universe there are enough mishaps and side uests to make the journey highly entertaining We make a visit to the main offices of the publishers of the Hitchiker Guide where my favorite scene describes an encounter with the artificial intelligence of a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter Not unnaturally many elevators imbued with intelligence and precognition became terribly frustrated with the mindless business of going up and down up and down experimented briefly with the notion of going sideways as a sort of existential protest demanded participation in the decision making process and finally took to suatting in basements sulkingAn impoverished hitchhiker visiting any planets in the Sirius star system these days can pick up easy money working as a counselor for neurotic elevators Marvin the Paranoid Android and this acrophobic elevator are a great reminder for me that intelligence has its shortcomings and needs to be balanced by other personality traits We accompany Zaphod on a forced visit to a penal planet where he is to be punished for stealing the most advanced spaceship in the universe by undergoing a session in the Total Perspective Vortex device This torture machine is supposed to demonstrates conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion To see the whole infinity of creation is to go instantly mad unless view spoiler your name is Zaphod Beeblebrox and you ego is just as big as the Universe hide spoiler

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Galaxie verschleppt zu werden und einem Raumschiff beizubringen wie man eine anständige Tasse Tee zubereitet Und hat überhaupt irgendwer einen Tisch reserviertBand 2 der fünfteiligen Trilogie. Had I read this I couldn t recall I knew I d seen the old tv version but I wasn t sure I d actually read the book so I read it And why not It s a hell of a good book and I d do it again The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is kind of the continuing adventures of Arthur Dent Honestly while he s a focal point of book one he doesn t factor into the seuel as much This is about Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Perfect as well as the kitchen sink s worth of whatever zany ideas Douglas Adams wanted to throw into the works I say zany ideas as if they are a haphazard careless collection of ramblings but Adams does actually stay on topic for much of the time That topic is humanity s futility We re a go nowhere race going nowhere fast Adams basically says we ve been given two million years worth of time to do something with ourselves before it s all over and frankly we will fuck it up Oh wellWhile not as sharp as the first book this is a worthy successor and I plan to continue reading the remaining books in the series which I m pretty sure I haven t read yet

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Wenn man am Vormittag schon sechs unwahrscheinliche Dinge erlebt und erledigt hat – warum das Ganze dann nicht mit einer Jause im Milliways dem Restaurant am Ende des Universums abrunden Genau. The universe is a joke Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes I knew this to be true and yet I have always felt a need to search for the truth that nebulous ill treated creature Adams has always been to me to be a welcome companion in that journey Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it s all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams and luckily for us he doesn t seem to mind if you lie there with him He s a tall guy but he ll make roomFor all his crazed unpredictability Adams is a powerful rationalist His humor comes from his attempts to really think through all the things we take for granted It turns out it takes little than a moment s uestioning to burst our preconceptions at the seams yet rarely does this stop us from treating the most ludicrous things as if they were perfectly reasonableIt is no surprise that famed atheist Richard Dawkins found a friend and ally in Adams What is surprising is that people often fail to see the rather consistent and reasonable philosophy laid out by Adams uips and absurdities His approach is much personable and less embittered than Dawkins which is why I think of Adams as a better face for rational materialism which is a polite was of saying atheism Reading his books it s not hard to see that Dawkins is tired of arguing with uninformed idiots who can t even recognize when a point has actually been made Adams humanism however stretched much further than the contention between those who believe and those who don tWe see it from his protagonists who are not elitist intellectuals they re not even especially bright but damn it they re trying By showing a universe that makes no sense and having his characters constantly uestion it Adams is subtly hinting that this is the natural human state and the fact that we laugh and sympathize shows that it must be trueIt s all a joke it s all ridiculous The absurdists might find this depressing but they re just a bunch of narcissists anyhow Demnading the world make sense and give you purpose is rather self centered when it already contains toasted paninis attractive people in bathing suits and Euler s Identity I say let s sit down at the bar with the rabbi the priest and the frog and try to get a song going Or at least recognize that it s okay to laugh at ourselves now and again It s not the end of the worldIt s just is a joke but some of us are in on it


About the Author: Douglas Adams

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series Hitchhiker's began on radio and developed into a trilogy of five books which sold than fifteen million copies during his lifetime as well as a television series a comic book series a computer game and a feature film that was completed after Adams' death The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts; the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams He was known to some fans as Bop Ad after his illegible signature or by his initials DNAIn addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams wrote or co wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels and he co wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See itself based on a radio series Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic which was produced by a company that Adams co founded and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones A posthumous collection of essays and other material including an incomplete novel was published as



10 thoughts on “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  1. says:

    The universe is a joke Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes I knew this to be true and yet I have always felt a need to search

  2. says:

    The second strike of the prime example of how Sci Fi fantasy humor philosophy and criticism can be fused to an intergalactic road tripIncluding time manipulation end of time relativity of death and afterlife monetarization of the end

  3. says:

    Captain Jeltz our old not so good friend a callous butcher from the previous book is after the stolen spaceship with the unlikely nameHeart of Gold again On board are Arthur Dent Ford Prefect Trillian and the ex President of the Galaxy the thief Zaphod Beeblebrox nobody cares about Marvin the annoying robot The unsmiling captain likes killing that's what he does best The fugitive ship is just about to be no with the help of the cruel Vog

  4. says:

    Poor MarvinI’m glad our heroes are exploring space and time but poor Marvin

  5. says:

    There is theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even bizarre and inexplicableThere is another theory which states that this has already happened Arthur Dent and his companions went through some bizarre and inexplicable adventures after the Earth got blown to bits by Vogons in the opening seuence of the series They were pro

  6. says:

    “The story so farIn the beginning the Universe was createdThis has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move” “In an infinite Universe anything can happen” Not much in the way of plot or development here but if you've made it this far into the Hitchhiker Series then that's probably not going to be a big problem And it isn't Douglas Adams' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is

  7. says:

    I was talking to a friend of mine the other day when he asked me for a book recommendation “Nothing too long” he said “Or too factual” My brain starting racing Tolstoy? Much too long Bill Bryson? Much too factual “The news?” I suggested “No no” he said “A book” My mind kept racing through titles “Ah I’ve got it” I

  8. says:

    Had I read this? I couldn't recall I knew I'd seen the old tv version but I wasn't sure I'd actually read the book so I read it And why not? It's a hell of a good book and I'd do it again The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is

  9. says:

    Truly the most memorable characters in this book are the ones in Disaster AreaJust ignore the inane ramblings of the most important person in the universe Mr Beeblebrox the man who says What all the time or the brilliant but somewhat easygoing Trillian or Froody Ford They're just bit players Indeed the character that chews cud is rather intelligent than the grand majority of those B Cast characters sent to crash on that backwate

  10. says:

    It must be nice mused Ford Prefect thoughtfully to know what you're for I don't have the slightest idea what I'm for Most sentient beings don't But you he continued turning to Arthur and Trillian You know Part of finding the answer to the Ultimate uestion I'm sure that's comforting at times You mean the 42 business? asked

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