The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Alternate Cover Edition ISBNISBNFacing Annihilation At The Hands Of The Warlike Vogons Is A Curious Time To Have A Cosmically Displaced Arthur Dent And His Curious Comrades In Arms As They Hurtle Through Space Powered By Pure Improbability And Desperately In Search Of A Place To Eat Among Arthur S Motley Shipmates Are Ford Prefect, A Long Time Friend And Contributor To The The Hitch Hiker S Guide To The Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox, The Three Armed, Two Headed Ex President Of The Galaxy Tricia McMilan, A Fellow Earth Refuge Who S Gone Native Her Name Is Trillian Now And Marvin, Who Suffers Nothing And No One Gladly Douglasadams

Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series Hitchhiker s began on radio, and developed into a trilogy of five books which sold than fifteen million copies during his lifetime as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was completed after Adams death The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams He was known to some fans as Bop Ad after his illegible signature , or by his initials DNA.In addition to The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as

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  • Paperback
  • 250 pages
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Douglas Adams
  • English
  • 14 October 2019

10 thoughts on “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

  1. says:

    The universe is a joke Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes , I knew this to be true and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill treated creature Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it s all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn t seem to mind if you lie there with him He s a tall guy, but he ll make room.For all his crazed unpredictability, Adams is a powerful rationalist His humor comes from his attempts to really think through all the things we take for granted It turns out it takes little than a moment s questioning to burst our preconceptions at the seams, yet rarely does this stop us from treating the most ludicrous things as if they were perfectly reasonable.It is no surprise that famed atheist Richard Dawkins found a friend and ally in Adams What is surprising is that people often fail to see the rather consistent and reasonable philosophy laid out by Adams quips and absurdities His approach is much personable and less embittered than Dawkins , which is why I think of Adams as a better face for rational materialism which is a polite was of saying atheism.Reading his books, it s not hard to see that Dawkins is tired of arguing with uninformed idiots who can t even recognize when a point has actually been made Adams humanism, however, stretched much further than the contention between those who believe, and those who don t.We see it from his protagonists, who are not elitist intellectuals they re not even especially bright but damn it, they re trying By showing a universe that makes no sense and having his characters constantly question it, Adams is subtly hinting that this is the natural human state, and the fact that we laugh and sympathize shows that it must be true.It s all a joke, it s all ridiculous The absurdists might find this depressing, but they re just a bunch of narcissists, anyhow Demnading the world make sense and give you purpose is rather self centered when it already contains toasted paninis, attractive people in bathing suits, and Euler s Identity I say let s sit down at the bar with the rabbi, the priest, and the frog and try to get a song going Or at least recognize that it s okay to laugh at ourselves now and again It s not the end of the world.It s just is a joke, but some of us are in on it.

  2. says:

    Captain Jeltz our old not so good friend a callous butcher from the previous book, is after the stolen spaceship with the unlikely name, Heart of Gold again On board are Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian and the ex President of the Galaxy the thief, Zaphod Beeblebrox nobody cares about Marvin the annoying robot The unsmiling captain likes killing, that s what he does best The fugitive ship is just about to be no , with the help of the cruel Vogan a bad poet too , and his deadly spacecraft s weaponsThe Heart of Gold s computer is too busy making the perfect cup of tea, to defend the vessel.Thanks to the thirsty Mr.Dent, a man must have his beverage The only bright side is that the Englishman gets the best tea, he s ever hadWith the crew having only a few moments to live, the great grandfather of Zaphod s is someways conjured up by Beeblebrox He can t explain it either Great grandpa isn t very happy, observing the stupidity of his great grandson Four generations and what a blockhead, it has produced And an ill timed lecture on his relative s shameful habits, complicates things But blood is blood and with the desperate, nervous encouragement of the rest of the gang, he sends them in their merry, separate ways Marvin and the former president, vanishing from the bridge And the craft travels many light years away, from the rather dangerous somewhat bleak situation Zaphod materializes on distant Ursa Minor Beta, a planet where it s always a sunny afternoon, along also his not so fun but gloomy robot companion Marvin, and his constant bad moods Arriving in a bar he s amazed, speechless, shocked still the gentleman is no stranger to such an environment and soon feels right at home after a couple of good drinks And on this world is the wonderful headquarters of The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Mr.Beeblebrox has an overpowering mysterious urge to see he doesn t know why , Mr.Zarniwoop the editor Yet there are problems, they re always some, the sweet talking elevator won t take them to the 15th floor Even asks if they wouldn t prefer going in the opposite direction, down Strange behavior for this machine, some kind of premonition The reason becomes apparent soon after an attack from the galaxy s forces, not happy with our former leader s actions Despite the gallant efforts of Marvin s, they take the whole huge building and transports it to the worst place in the Milky Way, the Frogstar planet What a dump A voice tells him to come on down from the 15th floorHe does, very slowly and enters a structure on the dreary surface, will that kill him Maybe or maybe not He s hungry, slightly tired and would prefer to be in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Milliways where they see the end of the universe show ever night with a celebrity host Reasonable prices too, a great view of the entertainment if you can get a good table and join his friends for a few libations.The only heaven, which our not quite perfect hero knows.

  3. says:

    The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy 2 , Douglas AdamsThe Restaurant at the End of the Universe 1980, ISBN 0 345 39181 0 is the second book in the Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction trilogy by Douglas Adams, and is a sequel 2016 1395 217 9786002292896 20

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    There is theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened Arthur Dent and his companions went through some bizarre and inexplicable adventures after the Earth got blown to bits by Vogons in the opening sequence of the series They were probably too close to making sense of their situation, because Douglas Adams decided to turn it all around for the sequel.Is is not an easy claim to make that the second Hitchhiker book is better than the previous one, since there was nothing wrong with the first one Yet, for various reasons, I ended up reading it faster and enjoying it It may be the fact that there is actually a plot, like searching for the ruler of the universe as opposed to searching for a philosophical answer to the ultimate question It may be that the jokes are better anchored in the actual story and feel less like an improvised skit It may be that most of the characters are already established and we get less exposition and action For me though, I guess the main attraction is to discover Adams hardcore nugget of humanism that holds it all together, like the black hole at the center of our Galaxy Douglas Adams first points out to us how insignificant we are in the grand scheme of things, how tiny our problems are from the perspective of the Cosmos Once he got us well and truly scared, he comes out with his guide to Life , The Universe and Everything, and puts on its cover the words Don t Panic We may not understand everything there is to know about these issues, but we re alive, we are gifted with reasoning, and we might as well enjoy the ride The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is an indispensable companion to all those who are keen to make sense of life in an infiniteley complex and confusing Universe, for though it cannot hope to be useful or informative on all matters, it does at least make the reassuring claim, that where it is inaccurate it is at least definitively inaccurate In cases of major discrepancy it s always reality that s got it wrong While the main quest may be the search for the man who rules the universe, there are enough mishaps and side quests to make the journey highly entertaining We make a visit to the main offices of the publishers of the Hitchiker Guide, where my favorite scene describes an encounter with the artificial intelligence of a Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Happy Vertical People Transporter Not unnaturally, many elevators imbued with intelligence and precognition became terribly frustrated with the mindless business of going up and down, up and down, experimented briefly with the notion of going sideways, as a sort of existential protest, demanded participation in the decision making process and finally took to squatting in basements sulking.An impoverished hitchhiker visiting any planets in the Sirius star system these days can pick up easy money working as a counselor for neurotic elevators Marvin the Paranoid Android and this acrophobic elevator are a great reminder for me that intelligence has its shortcomings, and needs to be balanced by other personality traits We accompany Zaphod on a forced visit to a penal planet, where he is to be punished for stealing the most advanced spaceship in the universe by undergoing a session in the Total Perspective Vortex device This torture machine is supposed to demonstrates conclusively that if life is going to exist in a Universe of this size, then the one thing it cannot afford to have is a sense of proportion To see the whole infinity of creation is to go instantly mad, unless view spoiler your name is Zaphod Beeblebrox and you ego is just as big as the Universe hide spoiler

  5. says:

    Poor Marvin I m glad our heroes are exploring space and time but poor Marvin

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    I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, when he asked me for a book recommendation Nothing too long, he said Or too factual My brain starting racing Tolstoy Much too long Bill Bryson Much too factual The news I suggested No, no, he said A book My mind kept racing through titles Ah, I ve got it I said finally Try The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series They are wholly remarkable books This brief conversation encapsulates why I enjoy these books so much They re well written, thoughtful, funny, short, and immensely readable They are the sorts of book you can recommend to nearly anyone, the sorts of books that turn illiterates into book enthusiasts It s hard to think of something effortlessly pleasant.

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    Had I read this I couldn t recall I knew I d seen the old tv version, but I wasn t sure I d actually read the book, so I read it And why not It s a hell of a good book, and I d do it again The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is kind of the continuing adventures of Arthur Dent Honestly, while he s a focal point of book one, he doesn t factor into the sequel as much This is about Zaphod Beeblebrox and Ford Perfect, as well as the kitchen sink s worth of whatever zany ideas Douglas Adams wanted to throw into the works I say zany ideas as if they are a haphazard, careless collection of ramblings, but Adams does actually stay on topic for much of the time That topic is humanity s futility We re a go nowhere race going nowhere fast Adams basically says we ve been given two million years worth of time to do something with ourselves before it s all over, and frankly we will fuck it up Oh well While not as sharp as the first book, this is a worthy successor and I plan to continue reading the remaining books in the series, which I m pretty sure I haven t read yet.

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    It must be nice, mused Ford Prefect thoughtfully, to know what you re for I don t have the slightest idea what I m for Most sentient beings don t But you, he continued, turning to Arthur and Trillian You know Part of finding the answer to the Ultimate Question I m sure that s comforting at times You mean the 42 business asked Arthur What asked Zaphod s left head incredulously, while his right head rolled its eyes You mean you fell for that The rest of this review is available elsewhere the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons

  9. says:

    The Universe some information to help you live in it.1 Area Infinite.The HitchHiker s Guide to the Galaxy offers this definition of the word Infinite.Infinite Bigger than the biggest thing ever and then some Much bigger than that in fact, really amazingly immense, a totally stunning size, wow, that s big , time Infinity is just so big that by comparison, bigness itself looks really titchy Gigantic multiplied by colossal multiplied by staggeringly huge is the sort of concept we re trying to get across here.2 Imports None.It is impossible to import things into an infinite area, there being no outside to import things in from.3 Exports None.See imports.4 Population None.It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in However, not every one of them is inhabited Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination This is the second book in The trilogy of five books in The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy series and while I love and adore the original book, this one however feels a little less fresh In the words of Shirley Bassey and the Propellerheads it s all just a little bit of history repeating Okay Maybe I m being harsh This is still very funny and it s got everything I loved about the first one with an even bigger dash of bonkers but there was just too much repetition of certain aspects of explanations of the universe quoted from the fictitious Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy that were also in book one which confusingly is also called The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy for me to feel that this was a completely original work This is only my second time reading this book as opposed to book one which I ve read at least five or six times so I think that also illustrates my somewhat lack of enthusiasm for this book I would really only recommend it to diehard fans of the first book But if you do stick with this short book and the remainder of the series they have this strange sort of addictive quality that keep pulling you in and in and in and in.The plot in this second book is bananas as you would and should expect, and for me this is all about the characters Arthur will forever be my favourite I understand him I UNDERSTAND HIS NEED FOR A GOOD CUP OF TEA just bizarre and Yeah bizarre Love him too.Ford always surprises me I want to be his friend soooo badly and hitchhike the universe with him for the craic I imagine we d have an absolute blastTrillian To me the least developed characterAnd marvellous Marvin LOVEEEEEEE So all in all it s an enjoyable romp through space and time and will make you giggle quite a bit three and a half stars

  10. says:

    Better than the first book This has funny moments and I just found myself laughing out loud than when I was reading the first book I guess it was by design Douglas Adams had to explain fully his milieu for the series Since he did that in the first book, his characters now have the whole universe to play around for themselves So, they just don t hop and hop from one planet to another but also in this one, enjoy a time travel They went to a restaurant at the end of the universe Prior to my reading of this book, I thought that the restaurant is located at the end or the edge of the universe But I was fascinated to learn that while eating steak from the meat of a talking animal , you could watch the end or the death of the universe Sorry for the spoiler but it s found in the first half of the book and there are other interesting scenes in the second part and you have to read the book and experience for yourself how is it to be dining and watching the end of yourself Very clever imagination I reason why I read this after the first book was that I d like to find out what was the Ultimate Question for the Ultimate Answer that was 42 However, it seemed the Adams was deliberately delaying it as it was only in the second part where it was brought up and he did not even give any hints So, after reading this book, I looked from the third book but I could not locate it So, I am now reading the fourth book and since its title is Song Long and Thanks for All the Fish, I hope to already know what the Ultimate Question is.Again, I am not really a big sci fi fan so I understand if you find this book enjoyable and rated this with than 3 stars However, I agree with you that this book is good talking insect as receptionist, elevator refusing to come up, animal talking to you prior to being butchered so you can buy and eat its meat, restaurant at the end of the universe, etc They are all cleverly thought of that not too many of writers would be able to put them in one book and make people laugh Really, unbelievable.On to the 4th book.

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