Thursday, 27 May 2010

Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

The funniest, most absurd and most human SF novel ever written.

I don't understand how this appeals to an international audience because the mood is so British. The humour and the outlook and the outright piss-taking surely don't translate.

Things sometimes feel like a sketch show. Which is where Douglas Adams background lies. But it doesn't matter because at worst we get lots of funny ideas stitched together with a vague plot.

The radio programmes and TV show gave rise to some amazingly nostalgic material (I'm thinking of the hand animated computer graphics and the theme music).

This is not speculative fiction. It really isn't. It's just comedy with an intergalactic bent. But it's funny, thought provoking and very uplifting.


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