The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

By Douglas Adams

On Friday, might eleven, 2001, the realm mourned the premature passing of Douglas Adams, cherished author of The Hitchhiker’s consultant to the Galaxy, useless of a center assault at age forty-nine. fortunately, as well as an impressive literary legacy—which comprises seven novels and 3 co-authored works of nonfiction—Douglas left us anything extra. The booklet you're approximately to take pleasure in was once rescued from his 4 pcs, culled from an archive of chapters from his long-awaited novel-in-progress, in addition to his brief tales, speeches, articles, interviews, and letters.

In a manner that none of his past books may, The Salmon of Doubt presents the complete, extraordinary, laugh-out-loud event of a trip during the galaxy as perceived through Douglas Adams. From a boy’s old flame letter (to his favourite technology fiction journal) to the excellence of owning a nostril of heroic proportions; from mountain climbing Kilimanjaro in a rhino gown to explaining why american citizens can’t make a good cup of tea; from lyrical tributes to the elegant pleasures present in tune by means of Procol Harum, the Beatles, and Bach to the follies of his hopeless infatuation with expertise; from magnificent, fictional forays into the non-public lifetime of Genghis Khan to prolonged visits with Dirk lightly and Zaphod Beeblebrox: this is often the vista from the increased perch of 1 of the tallest, funniest, so much extraordinary, and such a lot penetrating social critics and thinkers of our time.

Welcome to the glorious brain of Douglas Adams.

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