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No. Finish the Infocom Sequel (4, Interesting)

fyrie (604735) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037399)

I'd rather see the Infocom HHGTTG Sequel completed/released.

Re:No. Finish the Infocom Sequel (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037447)

That's a *much* better plan.

My son knows the radio plays by heart now (he's 14), I never thought of dusting off the infocom stuff, thank you!

Re:No. Finish the Infocom Sequel (3, Informative)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037491)

I'd rather see the Infocom HHGTTG Sequel completed/released.

Not going to happen. A few fragments of code [waxy.org] are all that exist, and there's no commercial market for such games in 2008, and both Infocom and Douglas Adams are dead. Write it yourself; there's a healthy subculture of interactive fiction writing even today, and the Inform language is actually not at all bad, all things considered.

Re:No. Finish the Infocom Sequel (4, Interesting)

achacha (139424) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037961)

The question is: are people willing to use their imagination when they are force-fed every feature directX 10 has to offer (shading, tons of light sources, fog, environments, shadows, physics engine, ragdoll physics) at insane resolutions.

While I grew up playing almost every Infocom game out there and I still have the Atari 8-bit versions ready-to-play via emulator, I have yet to find anyone under 30 that thinks it's fun.

For many, text adventure games are akin to a wheel made of stone, great in the day but with vulcanized rubber why would anyone use a stone wheel except in a museum...

On a positive note, there is a counterculture of writers that still use the Z-Engine (Infocom text game engine) to write games based on their original works. So all hope is not lost :)

To date no game was more memorable than Station Fall, when Floyd died, it broke my heart and to this day I feel sad for him and wished there was a way to save him.

Re:No. Finish the Infocom Sequel (1)

Alisoria (704352) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038049)

As someone far under thirty, I love the old infocom games. True I play them on a palm pilot now instead of a computer, but they're still great fun.

Re:No. Finish the Infocom Sequel (4, Funny)

geoffspear (692508) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037973)

I agree. Eoin Colfer should definitely devote his time to programming an Infocom game instead of writing a book.

What? (3, Interesting)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037409)

How about Brian Herbert, Todd McCaffrey or Christopher Tolkien? Or is it too hard pulling them off the graves and/or shriveling bodies of their parents?

Re:What? (1)

Chrondeath (757612) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037587)

Are you suggesting one of them should have been chosen as the writer, or that they should be hiring writers to continue their relatives' work?

Re:What? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037615)

Are you suggesting one of them should have been chosen as the writer, or that they should be hiring writers to continue their relatives' work?

He's saying that it's a horrible idea, and he's using those as examples why.

Re:What? (5, Insightful)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037729)

I don't get the hate for Christopher Tolkien. Without his work, we would have The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - nothing else at all. We would know the Elder Days only through the fragments of half-forgotten legend we hear in the Third Age - occasional cryptic references to the Eldar of the West, to Numenor, to Gondolin and the swords they made for the wars with the goblins, to Beren and Lúthien... We'd never have heard the full tales.

Christopher Tolkien isn't producing cheap cash-ins on his father's legacy. He compiled the Silmarillion, then spent decades writing and publishing detailed analyses of the reams of notes and fragmentary manuscripts that lay behind the legends, and finally tidied up the Narn i Hîn Húrin to a publishable form. And I for one am very glad that he did so.

Re:What? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037757)

I think that's a fair assessment, since for the most part he was acting as organizer and editor of material that was already written. The others, however, are merely riding on their parents coattails.

Re:What? (1)

vjmurphy (190266) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037901)

Not expressing my hate as much as my dislike for authors' estates selling out. I can both appreciate what Christopher Tolkien has done while also realizing that we're getting his version of his father's work and not his father's work (at least not as directly as we'd all like). But there is a point of saturation, and Tolkien reached that many, many years ago IMO.

Re:What? (2, Informative)

ph0rk (118461) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037959)

Also, quoth wikipedia: CJRT drew the original LOTR maps, so he possessed at least a passing familiarity with the work in the eyes of his father.

Re:What? (0, Troll)

pla (258480) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038259)

I don't get the hate for Christopher Tolkien.

Not so much "hate" as "complete and total disregard".


Without his work, we would have The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - nothing else at all.

Acting as the executor of JRR's literary estate to publish basically-complete but unpublished works, not a problem. Writing entirely new crap "inspired" by his father, I'd rather "have The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings - nothing else at all."

Re:What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037863)

Brian Herbert writes pulp fiction with exactly one level of meaning, about four levels less than his dad. the apple fell far from that tree, sad to say. He should write comic books, in fact, that's what the Dune continuation is.

Re:What? (2, Interesting)

hey! (33014) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038493)

Well, I was thinking more Terry Jones.

After all, he as already done a novel in the HTTG universe, one that was warmly received by Douglas Adams himself.

NO NO NO (5, Insightful)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037411)

Enough Douglas Adams milking already, please for the love of - insert deity here - do not destroy the legacy of this great author.

Sorry for the rant, have just watched the movie...

Re:NO NO NO (-1, Flamebait)

Otter (3800) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037661)

Given the falloff between the third and fourth books, I'd wondered if the ghostwriting hadn't started back then...

Re:NO NO NO (2, Insightful)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037749)

I don't think so because the Dirk Gently stuff wasn't produced by then (and that definitely is Douglas Adams at his best, great gods of guilt in a refrigerator :) ).

I think it works like with most things produced by people of such amazing talent, they lose interest because too much of it is already cast in concrete by mistakes earlier on.

Like working on a big software project, the maintenance phase is not the most fun part, unless you did everything just right in the beginning. And judging by Douglas Adams's writing about the making of the hitch hikers guide he was very much feeling his way while making the radio plays and this led to all kinds of dissatisfaction while making the books because so much was already set in stone.

I personally think the radio plays are the 'definitive' edition (in spite of all their shortcomings) because they catch the atmosphere the best. The books however greatly expand upon the story, but I can't help hearing Peter Jones' (rip as well, but at least at a respectable age) voice when reading the guide quotes :)

 

Re:NO NO NO (4, Interesting)

ari_j (90255) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037709)

Are you saying that the movie destroyed his legacy, or that you are more sensitive because the movie glorified his legacy and you don't want that feeling taken away?

Re:NO NO NO (4, Insightful)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037807)

Douglas Adams was one of the bigger obstacles in the way of making a movie, and I don't think it would have ever had his blessing. The script sucks (random rearrangements, insertions of 'new' but irrelevant stuff all over the place, and deletions of essentials elsewhere).

Of course, it made money so who am I to complain, but it left me with a definite unhappy and disappointed feeling.

When hearing the radio play and reading the book you get a definite mental image of the kind of universe that Douglas Adams wanted you to see, and most of the movie contradicts that mental image.

There is a joke about that:

A man walks into a movie theater and sees a donkey standing in the aisle.

He walks up to the row behind the man with the donkey and whispers in the guys ear: "Wow, how amazing, he's really looking at the movie, isn't he?"

Yes, says the guy with the donkey, sure is. But he like the book better...

Re:NO NO NO (1)

JasterBobaMereel (1102861) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037933)

"The" Movie was the outcome of a scriptwriting process where the scriptwriter did not understand the point.....

The first draft ended with the destruction of the Earth!

The draft that ended up being made was not how Douglas wanted it ... and was horribly mis-cast (Ford should be knowledgeable and a man of the world, not an bumbling idiot, just odd)

The good bits were pure Douglas the bad bits were shoehorned in by the screenwriter

Re:NO NO NO (1)

FST777 (913657) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038031)

The screenplay for the movie was started by Adams, and finished by others after his death. Adams has, before he died, had tremendous influence on various aspects of the movie, and remarks he made were influential to many decisions made after his death.

He was most certainly not an obstacle in the way of making the movie.

Re:NO NO NO (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038465)

Karey Kirkpatrick (chicken run!) finished the script, and from what I understand this was a pretty radical departure from the work DNA left behind (this is pure speculation though, since only very few people have seen the versions in between).

The release of the movie went to great pains to explain that it would be 100% Douglas Adams, but the fact that someone else finished the script and that it is unknown how much of it was written by Douglas makes that a hard claim to support.

The 'feel' of the movie is so far off from all the stuff that I'm sure was written 100% by Douglas Adams makes that a lot harder to believe.

I think it is simply one of those things that had to be done because there was money to be made of it.

Even the timing is hard to swallow, adapting a very large book for screenplay is an impossible task at best, it would have been more respectful to leave the movie unfinished instead of rushing to finish the screenplay and release the thing before there would be less mileage to be had from the guides popularity.

Douglas' constant rewriting is what I had in mind when I mentioned him as an obstacle in the way of making the movie, it is no coincidence that the work is only finished after his demise. He most likely would have been still busy refining it or rewriting it until he was satisfied, if it could be done at all he would have been the man, the current movie is a botch job.

Releasing yet another book (this time in complete absence of the original author) is more of the same.

Re:NO NO NO (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037755)

Chapter One

Turning from the rain-streaked window, Trillian's teary gaze searched pensively around the room and came to rest on the silver-framed photograph on the mantelpeice. She sighed, her heart heavy with unshed tears. It seemed so long ago - the good times she had shared with Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect. Could it have been a thousand years? As she remembered one of the good times, a single tear, like a frozen diamond, spilled down her cheek and splashed quietly on the white marble floor. Unable to restrain herself, she collapsed against the floor, hands to her face, and sobbed uncontrollably.

A tiny hand reached up and tugged her sleeve.

"Mommy?"

"Oh Ford Junior!" Trillian sobbed. "You remind me so of your father, and the good times we shared so very long ago.. but they're both dead now, and ypu're all I have left to remember them by."

"That's right, forget about me as usual!." grumbled a familiar voice suddenly.

"Oh Marvin!" she laughed "You know I would never forget about you - after all you're all that I have to remember them Arthur and Ford by. I see you're still your grumpy old self!"

She paused with grief as the full meaning of this hit her, and she shuddered and started to weep again, like a pure white nightingale whose eggs have been stolen and eaten by a fateful cat.

Oh sorry. I see now.. don't ruin the legacy. Gotcha.

Re:NO NO NO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037841)

I'm so sorry I don't have mod points right now. That was pretty wonderfully hilarious, thank you.

Re:NO NO NO (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038033)

Her name is Random, and she's Arthurs daughter you insensitive clod!

Re:NO NO NO (5, Funny)

petes_PoV (912422) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038095)

Enough Douglas Adams milking already, please for the love of -

  • insert deity here

- do not destroy the legacy of this great author.

That would be Zarquon - but he's running late

Re:NO NO NO (2, Interesting)

Hatta (162192) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038101)

I caught the beginning of that movie on TV the other day. I got as far as Arthur Dent lying in front of the bulldozer, complaining about the demolition notice that was "in the cellar". No mention of a locked filing cabinet, disused lavatory, or even a leopard! I changed the channel right then.

Re:NO NO NO (2, Insightful)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038137)

Sorry for the rant, have just watched the movie...

Well, speak for yourself... I quite enjoyed the movie, and felt it was a good portrayal of Adams' universe. I've never really been sure why other HHGTTG fans seem to hate it so much.

do not destroy the legacy of this great author.

Nothing can destroy his legacy. He's dead, and his legacy is set in stone. All they could possibly destroy would be the legacy of the guy who did a bad job (if he does a bad job, I guess, but I consider it a fair bet).

how many books planned in the franchise? (5, Funny)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037415)

...42, obviously.

Re:how many books planned in the franchise? (1)

Jason1729 (561790) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037467)

Nah, they'll set a goal of 42 and then keep adding more and calling it an increasingly misnumbered series. They'll stop writing when they've reached the answer to ultimate question. (For the proper defination of ultimate -- "LAST").

Sounds reasonable (5, Informative)

prayag (1252246) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037473)

Douglas Adams himself mentioned that Mostly Harmless was too dark and wanted the series to finish on a more upbeat note (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mostly_Harmless#Adams_on_Mostly_Harmless ). So it is quite plausible to believe that his widow would want to make her husband's wish true.

Re:Sounds reasonable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038081)

The obvious solution, which for instance is universally supported by Amazon user reviews, is simply not to read Mostly Harmless at all. The first four books form a well-integrated package with So Long & Thanks For All The Fish acting as a counterpoint & resolution to the craziness of the previous volumes. There was no reason for a fifth volume at all really, and definitely no reason for the self-hating abomination Adams actually delivered.

Re:Sounds reasonable (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038121)

That's interesting. The rumor I heard was that Mostly Harmless was written to finally put an end to the series and get everyone off his back about sequels. But, like I said, that was a rumor I heard before the days of the Intarwebs.

Those resposible (5, Funny)

ObitMan (550793) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037481)

Those responsible for this will be Sacked, and probably the first up against the wall when the revolution comes.

Re:Those resposible (2, Funny)

spartacus_prime (861925) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037855)

Those responsible for sacking them will be sacked as well.

Re:Those resposible (1)

DeusExMach (1319255) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038191)

Those responsible for the subsequent sackings will later discover that all previous sackings, and in fact, the entirety of revolution itself was actually due to a clerical error at the home office.

NO. (4, Insightful)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037509)

A tremendous feeling of peace came over him. He knew that at last, for once and for ever, it was now all, finally, over.

Let's just leave it at that, shall we?

Nope, sorry (4, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037529)

Not going to read it, and I say that as a dedicated Douglas Adams fan - I have the omnibus edition of HHGTTG (thanks to my daughter), the movie on DVD, the BBC TV series on VHS, and am still after the radio play (which I've been told is the best of the lot).

If Asimov's widow asked someone to continue his Foundation series I wouldn't read it, either, and Asimov was my favorite author.

It wasn't the story that made it great, it was the writing. Without Douglas Adams it can't possibly be the same. It will be to the original what margarine is to butter. I can't imagine a writer with integrity taking the job.

Re:Nope, sorry (0, Offtopic)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037609)

drop me a line on j@ww.com re. those radio plays

Re:Nope, sorry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037685)

It's a trap!

Re:Nope, sorry (1)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037849)

it isn't.

but then again, if it was I'd say that wouldn't I...

Re:Nope, sorry (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038099)

I actually found some on tape in my dad's old stuff, completely forgot to have a listen and don't know where I've put them. Presumably they're all out there on bit torrent somewhere anyway..

Re:Nope, sorry (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037665)

...and am still after the radio play (which I've been told is the best of the lot).

It looks like there will be another round of reissues for the various "phases" of this coming in the next few months.

Re:Nope, sorry (4, Interesting)

TheThiefMaster (992038) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037669)

I have a shock for you. It's called the "Second Foundation Trilogy":

After his death, the Asimov estate, at the request of Janet Asimov, approached Gregory Benford, and asked him to write another Foundation story. He agreed, and at that same time suggested that it should form part of a trilogy with Greg Bear and David Brin writing the other two books, which they agreed to do.

Re:Nope, sorry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037975)

Torrent [thepiratebay.org] . Sorry, I don't have any idea where to get them legitimately. This link is excellent quality, and by far my favorite version of the series.

Re:Nope, sorry (4, Funny)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038065)

So in other words, this will be almost but not entirely unlike Douglas Adams' writing?

Re:Nope, sorry (1)

JayGuerette (457133) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038203)

Not going to read it, and I say that as a dedicated Douglas Adams fan - I have the omnibus edition of HHGTTG (thanks to my daughter), the movie on DVD...

You watched the movie, yet you will not read the forthcoming book? This makes no sense to me. The book has a 84% chance of not sucking. The movie had only a 2% chance of not sucking. (Whether it actually sucked is purely subjective.)

Rule #1: Read the book or see the movie, NEVER do both.
Rule #2: No matter how much your brother BEGS you, do not see Dune in violation of Rule #1.

No! (5, Funny)

amdpox (1308283) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037545)

I will NOT have my preciousness desecrated by non-canon material! He might introduce story arcs that don't fit with the carefully woven future history Adams so painstakingly built... wait, what was with the sandwiches again?

All the diodes down my left side... (5, Interesting)

Bilby Baggins (1107981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037563)

hurt just thinking about it. Humans, I'll never understand them, you don't even need a brain the size of a planet to know this won't work.


I just finished reading the 2003-updated edition of Neil Gaiman's Don't Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [amazon.com] and I have to say that I don't believe anyone can really emulate Adams' particular style of writing. And unless they've found a treasure trove of almost-finished manuscripts (unlikely) the best that we have from Adams' writing before his death is mostly compiled in The Salmon Of Doubt [amazon.com] , and there was just the merest inklings of a beginning of a truely Adamsian epic tale in there...


Besides, we all know the only person who could write HHGttG properly is Terry Pratchett, and he is ONLY allowed to write Discworld books until he's unable to write or they cure Alzheimer's Disease. And someone sure as hell had better cure it.

Re:All the diodes down my left side... (2, Insightful)

jacquesm (154384) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037647)

Good call on Terry Pratchett, he definitely took a lot of pages from Douglas Adams's play book. At the same time that sort of disqualifies him (emulation != the oroginal (tpine ?)).

It really is very simple, Douglas Adams is dead, and no amount of 'franchising' is going to change that one bit, it never was about the story, it was about the writing, and that magical touch is not going to be reinstated with good will or effort, it would take the original to make that happen.

That said, it is probably 'worth a lot of money' (said in a squeeky high voice) so most likely it will be done anyway.

I for one will not be buying it.

Re:All the diodes down my left side... (1)

baldass_newbie (136609) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037679)

I have to say that I don't believe anyone can really emulate Adams' particular style of writing

Heck, I don't even think Adams' could emulate his own style. SLATFATF is a MUCH different book than the first three and, while nice and humorous at times, it lacked a certain tautness from the earlier stuff.
Not complaining. Good book. Just different.
Anyone trying to do anything along these lines would elicit groans whenever they were funny. It would not be an experience I would seek out.

Re:All the diodes down my left side... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037819)

we all know the only person who could write HHGttG properly is Terry Pratchett

Seconded!
I have several times introduced friends to the Hitchhiker-series who had never heard of Douglas Adams before. Since I knew most of them had read Discworld books, I explained it was sci-fi written in the sort of same way as Pratchett writes fantasy.
(Now, I don't know if they ever picked up the books or not, but I still think they have some similarities in style)

Re:All the diodes down my left side... (1)

DarkSarin (651985) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037945)

I was thinking essentially the same thing, and had to read down the page to make sure no one else had the same thought.

In fact--why would anyone consider asking ANYONE BESIDES Terry?

Oh, fine, he has Alzheimer's. Big FARKING DEAL! It's serious, yes, but I'm certain he's getting the best care anyone can get, and I'm sure he's got the capacity for a story like this in him still. I'd love it.

Terry Pratchett is, and always will be, one of my favorite authors. I hope he is cured or at the VERY least the progress is halted for a good long time. His books are worth their weight in freaking platinum. Or something.

Re:All the diodes down my left side... (1)

Ihlosi (895663) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038233)

In fact--why would anyone consider asking ANYONE BESIDES Terry?

How many books by Colfer have you read so far? For me, they're the books of choice if there's no new Discworld novel available.

Re:All the diodes down my left side... (2, Interesting)

somersault (912633) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038223)

Besides, we all know the only person who could write HHGttG properly is Terry Pratchett

That's exactly what I was thinking :) Pratchett has a very similar style of humour to Adams, but IMO his stories are much better. Adams admitted that he just made up HHGTTG as he went along (though some parts tie in quite well together, showing he's still very clever as well as randomly creative), but Pratchett has stories that are sometimes amazingly intricate, and all his books fit in well together.

Pratchett's books seem to have spoiled me with their combination of wit, often epic plots and well paced storytelling. They're so good that I sadly often find other books rather dull now (trudging through Dune at the moment, it reminds me a lot of LOTR with all the pointless geographical musings.. Pratchett manages to setup his atmosphere, landscapes and cityscapes rather well without being too monotonous).

TELL HIM NO (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037575)

Eoin Colfer
1 Priory Hall, Spawell Road
Wexford 00000
IE
353 53 24119

Re:TELL HIM NO (3, Insightful)

bigmouth_strikes (224629) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037633)

Very brave. Using an anonymous account posting someones private contact information. Very brave.

You should have posted his official contact information, where he can deal with the responses during office hours, instead of whenever random /.er calls.

So what does Arthur Dent think about all of this? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037645)

I just went to Colfer's website and found this:

So what does Arthur Dent think about all of this?

Published by Penguinon September 17, 2008 in hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.

Tags: And Another Thing, Arthur Dent, Eoin Colfer, hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.

Poor old Arthur Dent had been resting all of these years. Now he's being resurrected for our amusement. He's not pleased. Click the link below to listen to Arthur's opinion.

I'd not heard of Colfer before, but I now intend to visit the library and check him out. As it seems from the quoted text (and I didn't listen, but there is a recorded message from "Arthur Dent" about it) that he's refusing the project, I have great admiration for him.

Re:So what does Arthur Dent think about all of thi (1)

The Chemical Crow (263530) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037979)

No, he is doing it. If you are able to, listen to the audio post on the main page of his website. He confirms without a doubt that the book is being written.

Re:So what does Arthur Dent think about all of thi (1)

Bwana Geek (1033040) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038167)

Sorry to disappoint you, but if you listen to the recording or read more info on that page, it's pretty clear he's going forward with it. The book is already titled, even!

Share and Enjoy! (4, Funny)

datajack (17285) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037639)

After taking numerous readings of the tastes of the audience, he will produce a book that is almost, but not-quite entirely unlike HHGTTG.

GO STICK YOUR HEAD IN A PIG.

Re:Share and Enjoy! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038349)

GO STICK YOUR HEAD IN A PIG.

why do you hate Sarah Palin? It's because she's a woman, isn't it?

Who is Douglas Adam? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037657)

Oh, you meant "Douglas Adams's", didn't you? Good job with the editing, Timothy. Keep up the good work.

Re:Who is Douglas Adam? (1)

ari_j (90255) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037745)

Just be glad that it was Timothy and not someone else. Then it'd be Douglases' Adam that we have to worry about.

Re:Who is Douglas Adam? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037795)

Just be glad that it was Timothy and not someone else. Then it'd be Douglases' Adam that we have to worry about.

Well, it could have been posted by kdawson, in which case the article would be about the HHGTTG, written by Adam Chesterton. : p

Re:Who is Douglas Adam? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25038127)

I'd have thought the kdawson version would be "Microsoft poisons kittens, Google & McCain applaud".

Re:Who is Douglas Adam? (1)

clickety6 (141178) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038007)

Darn - I was too busy trying not to put too many vowels in Eoin to notice that I'd transposed the apostrophe and the s. (I would've got away with Adams' wouldn't I?)

Prediction (1)

codepoetix (858482) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037699)

Arthur will be reunited with Fenchurch...

...who, to Arthur's chagrin, will be in a lesbian relationship with Trillian.

Re:Prediction (1)

DeusExMach (1319255) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038379)

Chagrin...?

Sounds like a "jackpot" situation to me. ...As long as Arthur can stop himself saying things like "uhm" and "er" and "I don't understand" and "Where's the tea?"

OK I guess. (5, Insightful)

T.E.D. (34228) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037733)

I suppose I don't have a problem with this, as long as its crystal clear that this is Colfer's book, set in the HHG universe. If there is any implication whatsoever that this is a new Douglas Adams book, I have a big problem with it.

He's not pinin' for the fjords. He's dead. Let him go.

I have some misgivings, but... (3, Funny)

flinnb (1170207) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037869)

Oddly enough, there were exactly 42 comments when I first saw this article. Perhaps this might turn out well...

Re:I have some misgivings, but... (0, Troll)

dawgs72 (1025358) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038021)

Oddly enough, there were exactly 42 comments when I first saw this article. Perhaps this might turn out well...

/. has made it to only display "42 comments" on the main page.

43rd comment... (0, Redundant)

g253 (855070) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037913)

When I clicked "Read more", this story had 42 comments!

Sorry to ruin the magic...

Someone else writing HGTTG? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#25037927)

You can call it HGTTG, but you can also put lipstick on a pig.. sorry, wrong thread..

No problem (1)

aoeusnth (101740) | more than 5 years ago | (#25037931)

From Jane Belson's perspective any negative results can be blamed solely on her, but additional books can only add to the bottom line and she is long the option in case some of the nth books turn out to be good. Where is the downside, other than the desire to place Douglas Adam on a pristine pedestal? Which he'd have some choice words for, I'm sure.

Better Option (2, Funny)

trongey (21550) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038017)

She'd probably make more money if she just set up a website where we can all contribute $5 to keep her from publishing a new book.

42 (0, Redundant)

camperdave (969942) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038023)

Somewhat fittingly, as I clicked the "Read More..." link, the number of comments was 42.

Re:42 (1)

samson13 (1311981) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038299)

I'd been listening to the HHGTTG on the laptop while cooking dinner and had just sat down to eat. Top article is about HHGTTG and there are (well were) 42 posts...

Probably infinitely improbable! When will normality return? I haven't knocked the flower pot off the bench yet(again).

Not so concerned. (1)

The Chemical Crow (263530) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038069)

I really don't have a problem with this. I'm firmly of the mindset that if I don't like it I'll ignore it and most likely donate it to a library or sell it to a used book store. I don't place any hopes on this book above and beyond being entertained, and am approaching it as if it were a particularly well-funded piece of fan fiction.

Hey, this gives me an excuse to buy the omnibus edition of the books by Adams and brush up on the story. I had the 4-novel omnibus before the fifth book came out, but no idea what happened to it.

Oh please no (1)

Tsaot (859424) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038205)

I tried to read his books. I honestly did. The writing however is so simple and lifeless that it became a droning sequence of events. The HHG books are full of wit and humor and I haven't seen any of that in his books. I mean, in the second book, they track the source of a mpeg video because it leaves traces of itself in the very wires it traveled through. How is that even plausible? Oh wait, maybe that's how the tubes get clogged. Videos being transferred on the net leave a residue and it builds up. I'm sorry, but if this is the best he can do, I want nothing to do with him or his works.

Leave it as it s (2, Interesting)

the_other_chewey (1119125) | more than 5 years ago | (#25038357)

...and go read Jasper Fforde's "Thursday Next" series.

Hilarious, geeky (lots and lots of literary allusions), british as well,
includes special features online (good for us /.ers), ...

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