Introduction to “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish” by Douglas Adams

The following is the introduction to the book, “So long, and thanks for all the fish”  by Douglas Adams

== Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable  end  of the  western  spiral  arm  of  the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. 

Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two  million  miles is  an  utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape- descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that  they  still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea. 

This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of  the  people  on  it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were  largely  concerned with the movements of small green pieces of paper, which is odd because on the whole it wasn’t  the  small green pieces of paper that were unhappy. 

And so the problem remained; lots of the people  were  mean,  and most of them were miserable, even the ones with digital watches. 

Many were increasingly of the opinion that they’d all made a  big mistake  in  coming  down  from the trees in the first place. And some said that even the trees had been a bad move,  and  that  no one should ever have left the oceans. 

And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after  one  man had  been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, one girl sitting on  her  own  in  a small  cafe  in  Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how  the world  could  be  made  a  good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would  have  to  get  nailed  to anything. 

Sadly, however, before she could get to a phone  to  tell  anyone about  it,  a  terribly stupid catastrophe occurred, and the idea was lost forever. 

This is her story.

 

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11 thoughts on “Introduction to “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish” by Douglas Adams

    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Hello Nisthur, thanks for the “like” and yes, everything is fine, except that I’m ever expanding “out there” day by day, and sometimes I just take time out from the daily grind to contemplate the future, that is, the real future. I had “unfollowed” many blogs for a time due to overload of emails but I’m gradually sorting through and re-connecting. I’ve just returned from a week’s holiday to Alberta involving quite a bit of distance – time on the road – Canada is a very BIG country, and now have to catch up to house and business needs. See you on the blogosphere.

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  1. We come from dreams ~

    Been away from “media” for so long I’ve no idea when this came out. I do know who Adams is but that’s about it. When did this come out? The story idea, as Emily noted, is still relevant!
    Roy

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      As to the publication of the book, “So Long and Thanks for all the Fish” it’s 1984.
      A quote from Wikip: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is the fourth book of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy ‘trilogy’ written by Douglas Adams. Its title is the message left by the dolphins when they departed Planet Earth just before it was demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass, as described in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The phrase has since been adopted by some science fiction fans as a humorous way to say “goodbye” and a song of the same name was featured in the 2005 film adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

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  2. harulawordsthatserve

    OK, have to admit I’ve not read any of his stuff, though I know of him of course, but this….well, this might just convince me. I’m not really a sci-fi fan, so I never even looked at him, or tried his stuff, but in sharing this you may have persuaded me – thanks! Wow – 1984?! And more than still relevant – urgent reading, it seems to me! H x

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    1. Sha'Tara Post author

      Thanks for commenting. I’ve read some of his stuff and it is as relevant as it is funny. Here’s a bit more (from Wikipedia):

      Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams’s contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.[1]
      Adams also wrote Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), and co-wrote The Meaning of Liff (1983), The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990), Last Chance to See (1990)…

      The “Dirk Gently” stuff is really, really off the wall! 🙂

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