Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Life, the universe and everything - Douglas Adams

I was looking for the most famous book by the same author - The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy - and as I didn’t find it I left with this one instead, to see what it is about.
It’s a comic science fiction novel. I had already read some science fiction books before, even though it’s not my favorite genre, but never one of the “comic” variant. I didn’t even know it existed as a category, actually.
Well, first of all it’s really amusing, and in a very clever way. Secondly, it plays with science most advanced theories and paradoxes in an extremely cunning fashion.
The plot is quite complicated but always consistently woven. The protagonists are retrieved from some remote spacetime deadlock where they have probably been left at the end of the previous book of the saga. Then they are launched into an adventurous trip (of course across spacetime) that will finally bring them to save the world (a couple of times!) from an army of robots built by the inhabitants of the planet Krikkit (it rhymes with cricket, and not by chance), which are actually good-hearted folks who’ve lived for eons thinking that they were the only living beings in the whole world and got enraged when a spaceship crashed on the surface of their planet and they suddenly realized that there must be someone else out there. Don’t mind the fact that the spaceship was actually a decoy designed by some kind of conscious computer/algorithm…but I’m saying too much: you better read the story yourself.

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