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Questions about the works of Douglas Adams (1952-2011) or his life as a writer.

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Scene from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where Arthur fails to explain how Earth technology works

I remember a scene from one of the Hitchhiker books: Arthur Dent (I guess) talks to an alien who says that the Earth was this very backwards planet. Arthur says, well, this is not true, we had plenty ...
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Eddie's surprise

At the end of chapter 19, this is written about Eddie: A few minutes later he opened and closed the hatchway again in response to a command that caught him entirely by surprise. Is this surprise the ...
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Why are there penguins in the subconscious?

While reading Douglas Adam's The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, I came across this: She passed the time quietly in a world of her own in which she was surrounded as far as the eye could see with ...
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Why did Douglas Adams call Paul Neil Milne Johnstone the worst poet?

Douglas Adams evidently named Paul Neil Milne Johnstone the worst poet in the universe in the original Hitchiker's Guide radio broadcast. Why him? Evidently they went to school together, but I still ...
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Did Dirk Gently do anything to help Odin the end of Tea Time?

At the end of The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, the following things resolve Odin's troubles: Thor changes an eagle back into a fighter plane, which (unintentionally?) kills the Draycotts, whom ...
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Why is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy referred to as H2G2?

I've often heard The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy referred to as H2G2 but never really understood why. I wondered whether anyone actually knew or whether it was just adopted unquestioningly.
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How does interrupting Kubla Khan save humanity?

In the finale of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, the protagonists release the Salaxalan ghost (in Wenton-Weakes' body) in the primordial past, to go fix his ship, when they realize this will ...
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