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By Christian Erkenbrecher

This e-book is a survey of standard technology Fiction parts in Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's consultant to the Galaxy. Christian Erkenbrecher first is going via a quick historical past of technological know-how Fiction and identifies yes motifs of the style on the way to appropriately position the radical inside an invaluable context. Classical parts of the technology Fiction canon are pointed out within the novel and scrutinized. It turns into transparent that Douglas Adams was once absolutely conscious of the SF "burden" and we will see how its parts are utilized in order to create either humour and feedback. The query of no matter if social feedback will be utilized purposefully in SF should be requested. different monstrous questions that are posed (and answered?) in Hitchhikers also are considered: Is there a god? Will the breakdown of verbal exchange obstacles among races positioned an finish to all wars? Can the development of expertise hinder us from destroying ourselves? keep on with the writer on his approach via Douglas Adams's "wholly outstanding e-book" and notice how this extraordinary hitchhiking playwright and atheist author enriched the area together with his detailed prose.

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Douglas Adams explains this incapability of the Nutri-Matic with the machine having been manufactured by the “Sirius Cybernetics Corporation, whose complaints department now covers all the major landmasses of the first three planets in the Sirius Tau Star system” (83). As one can realize from these examples concerning the general use of technology in Hitchhiker’s, in Adams’s universe even the most refined inventions have their flaws, and those devices which are working properly are of no vital use (cf.

In this respect, SF writers have long left the field of rocket propulsion and introduced futuristic devices like photon drives, warp drives and the travel through hyperspace. g. Star Trek’s “warp drive”) and are theoretically possible, they clearly have to be considered inventions of SF due to their technical infeasibility in reality. The first space ships which are mentioned in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy are the Vogons’ constructor ships which visit the earth in order to destroy it. There is, however, no concrete description available, except for that they are “huge yellow chunky slablike somethings, huge as office blocks, silent as birds” (20), which “hung in the sky much the same way that bricks don’t” (25).

In regard to occurrence of technology, The 42 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy does not differ from other SF books; It is full of references to technology far advanced from our current level. However, as will be shown here, the approach of Douglas Adams is fundamentally different from that of other writers of Science Fiction. Yet, it even stands in antonymic relation to the genre’s conventions. 1 General Use of Technology Adams introduces useful devices alongside absurd gadgets. Some of those inventions show clear reference to existing technology but they are altered in a way typical for SF.

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