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Every aspect of the science fiction classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is analyzed in a variety of quirky ways in this collection of essays. Topics include the logistics of the restaurant at the end of the universe, how the Internet is creating the real Hitchhiker's Guide, an assessment of Vogon poetry, and an analysis of computing. The essays are written by both Every aspect of the science fiction classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is analyzed in a variety of quirky ways in this collection of essays. Topics include the logistics of the restaurant at the end of the universe, how the Internet is creating the real Hitchhiker's Guide, an assessment of Vogon poetry, and an analysis of computing. The essays are written by both science fiction greats, such as Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Stephen Baxter, Jacqueline Carey, and Alastair Reynolds, and up-and-coming writers.


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Every aspect of the science fiction classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is analyzed in a variety of quirky ways in this collection of essays. Topics include the logistics of the restaurant at the end of the universe, how the Internet is creating the real Hitchhiker's Guide, an assessment of Vogon poetry, and an analysis of computing. The essays are written by both Every aspect of the science fiction classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is analyzed in a variety of quirky ways in this collection of essays. Topics include the logistics of the restaurant at the end of the universe, how the Internet is creating the real Hitchhiker's Guide, an assessment of Vogon poetry, and an analysis of computing. The essays are written by both science fiction greats, such as Cory Doctorow, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Stephen Baxter, Jacqueline Carey, and Alastair Reynolds, and up-and-coming writers.

30 review for The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steve Mitchell

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A collection of essays on how The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has impacted on society. Some - the essays by both Mike Byrne and Cory Doctrorow for instance - point out that subsequent advances in technology were predicted within the pages of Adams's text: the design flaws that seem so obvious that keep getting built into electronic goods that were a mainstay of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation and that the actual Guide is in fact a fictional version of Wikipedia are the basis of these two. O A collection of essays on how The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has impacted on society. Some - the essays by both Mike Byrne and Cory Doctrorow for instance - point out that subsequent advances in technology were predicted within the pages of Adams's text: the design flaws that seem so obvious that keep getting built into electronic goods that were a mainstay of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation and that the actual Guide is in fact a fictional version of Wikipedia are the basis of these two. Others are more surreal; Don DeBrandt's essay argues that the three computers of the Heart of Gold - Eddie, Marvin and the Infinite Improbability Drive - are the Father, Son and Holy Spirit of a silicon god with Hactar taking up Satan's role! Susan Sizemore's essay begins with, "I really wish I hadn't taken this gig." I fully agree with her sentiment here as she goes on to say how awful and dated the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy has become. We are all entitled to our opinions but this one essay spoiled my enjoyment of the book; in fact it is the reason this review only has four stars rather than five. If she really holds that opinion then fair enough, and I believe in freedom of speech to allow her to voice that opinion. But just as I would not enter a church and read a passage from 'On the Origin of Species' or 'The God Delusion' then I think she could have found a better way of getting her (heretical, blasphemous and wrong) views into print.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gaijinmama

    The Hitchhiker's Guide books have been a favorite of mine since the days when, to paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, we still thought digital watches were a pretty neat idea! I laughed almost as hard reading these essays as I do whenever I re-read the books themselves. I can't recommend Smart Pop Books enough (http://www.smartpopbooks.com ). They have intelligent analysis of just about every pop-culture phenomenon out there, from Harry Potter to True Blood, and this collection maintains their hi The Hitchhiker's Guide books have been a favorite of mine since the days when, to paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, we still thought digital watches were a pretty neat idea! I laughed almost as hard reading these essays as I do whenever I re-read the books themselves. I can't recommend Smart Pop Books enough (http://www.smartpopbooks.com ). They have intelligent analysis of just about every pop-culture phenomenon out there, from Harry Potter to True Blood, and this collection maintains their high standards. It even includes an essay from one contributor for whom the Hitchhiker's series just doesn't work anymore. While I disagree, I respect the willingness to include some actual criticism. Don't panic. And thanks for all the fish. Rest in Peace, Douglas. Whereever you are I hope you're having a good laugh.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lance Eaton

    I've had this book on my "to read" shelf probably since it came out or shortly thereafter. I'm a dedicated Douglas Adams fan and therefore, this collection was a must-have. And I finally go around to reading it and while I can't say it's a "must read"--it certainly is enjoyable enough that it lead me to re-listen to all of the Hitchhiker's Guide books recently to celebrate and remind myself of the works. Like any good anthology of essays, not all are going to be winners with every reader. We all I've had this book on my "to read" shelf probably since it came out or shortly thereafter. I'm a dedicated Douglas Adams fan and therefore, this collection was a must-have. And I finally go around to reading it and while I can't say it's a "must read"--it certainly is enjoyable enough that it lead me to re-listen to all of the Hitchhiker's Guide books recently to celebrate and remind myself of the works. Like any good anthology of essays, not all are going to be winners with every reader. We all come to Hitchhiker's Guide differently. There are some that I enjoyed and there were others that I found less engaging. Some authors tried a bit too hard to write in the style of Douglas Adams and it felt derivative, but others were able to sew together such a mixture of facts and thoughts that they enhanced my love of Adams that much more. Overall, it's a fun read but definitely one that is stranded a bit in time in the sense that I think if they did a collection today, it would be a much different anthology--not just because the technology has changed (no more digital watches; smartphones for everyone and primordial babel fish with each smartphone), but so too has the influence of Adams changed. When I look at the smarter sci-fi stories and writers out there (John Scalzi, Catherine Valente) out there and the ones that use comedy, I'm inclined to think that Adams is certainly prevalent today.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Grant

    This book is a wonderful collection of thought provoking essays, and is a wonderful tribute to a great author. The essays range from interesting tales on how Douglas Adams and his work has changed the fields of science and technology, to how Adam's books, and a "Vote for Zaphod" shirt changed a young girl's life. The essays create a new understanding of the (Increasingly Inaccurately Named) Hitchhiker's trilogy, and a new understanding of the man, Douglas Adams. This book is a wonderful collection of thought provoking essays, and is a wonderful tribute to a great author. The essays range from interesting tales on how Douglas Adams and his work has changed the fields of science and technology, to how Adam's books, and a "Vote for Zaphod" shirt changed a young girl's life. The essays create a new understanding of the (Increasingly Inaccurately Named) Hitchhiker's trilogy, and a new understanding of the man, Douglas Adams.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    A collection of essays about Douglas Adams' inaccurately-named trilogy and the remarkable influence it has had on certain segments of the science fiction community. I've been a fan of the series for about 25 years now, but reading these essays have given me some new insights and things to think about - I believe I'm due for another visit with Arthur, Ford, Trillian. Marvin and Zaphod... A collection of essays about Douglas Adams' inaccurately-named trilogy and the remarkable influence it has had on certain segments of the science fiction community. I've been a fan of the series for about 25 years now, but reading these essays have given me some new insights and things to think about - I believe I'm due for another visit with Arthur, Ford, Trillian. Marvin and Zaphod...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nuno

    The essays in the book range from serious (for a given value of seriousness) explorations of some of the themes running through the H2G2 trilogy of five and the trends those themes expose, to full-fledged conspiracy theories about events in our lives which the plots of the books supposedly uncover. A good read for a fan of the series. Almost completely opaque to anyone else.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Osman Batur

    Bilim kurgu kitaplarının kült serilerinden yapı taşlarından biri olan eser.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Donovan Ackley

    funny

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joe

    some good insights, and also a few good critiques. lots of just "I love it, let me count the ways," though some good insights, and also a few good critiques. lots of just "I love it, let me count the ways," though

  10. 4 out of 5

    Muzammil Ahmed

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    Robert Kaufman

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    Caroline

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    Jason

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    Ankur Banerjee

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    Tihana

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    Steven

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    Kyle

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    Till

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 5 out of 5

    Mahmud

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    Eric Jensen

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    Alexander Postavtsev

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    Wayne Gorton

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    Cori

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    Ian Pearce

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tanjim Hassan

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