I Didn’t Read Science Fiction . . .

Aitch did.

She introduced me to Douglas Adams’ five books. For years I just looked at them on our library shelf, stuck in my natural history and science rut. Of course I’d read frequent references to them and looked up what all the sayings were about (so long, and thanks for all the fish). After Aitch died I finally read them. All. Voraciously. How could I not get hooked with lines like this:

“The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don’t”
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

As Ann Litz, (Obsolete Librarian on quora.com) says ‘This single line conveys the tone, sardonic humour and plot of the entire novel’.

I also read Adams’ real-life travel book on vanishing species where he says something about how the rhinos “trotted like boulders”. (I seem to recall he had some funny things to say about Komodo dragons too).

I can clearly hear Aitch saying, “See?! I TOLD you! Hmph!”  – triumphant grin, nose in the air.

2 thoughts on “I Didn’t Read Science Fiction . . .

    • bewilderbeast

      Yeah, “Riotous Assembly” and “Indecent Exposure” – very good! Made Maritzburg famous! Love the way Sharpe dedicated them “to the South African police force whose lives are dedicated to the preservation of western civilisation in southern Africa”.


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