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Douglas Adams' Last Book

Hemos posted more than 12 years ago | from the from-beyond-the-veil dept.

News 292

mixedbag writes "A BBC news article suggests that a sixth book in Douglas Adams's Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy series will be published next May. It will be unfinished from files found of his computer. The title is to be A Salmon of Doubt."

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unfinished art (4, Informative)

colmore (56499) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581882)

I don't know how I feel about this. While I'll be glad to have another book from such a great author, I worry that this will in some way corrupt the memory by putting an unfinished work-in-progress up against his polished final drafts. I hope at least they'll leave it unfinished, and not have some hack come in and tie things up for him.

I really miss that guy, oh well... (-1)

Big_Ass_Spork (446856) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582002)

I do it wrong

Laying here in the shadows of my room, I squint up at my love. My Ms. Portman. I am sore and tired after fucking her for eight solid hours. My chapped and aching dick is soaking in grits to relieve the pain. She gets on her knees and starts lapping the grits up out of the bowl. She places her beautiful hands on my penis and starts to lick the grits off my achy piece.

Massaging my nutsack she....

WAIT, I DO IT WRONG!!!!

Yanking my dick out of her mouth I throw her to the ground and shove it in to her gaping freshly fisted ass. [goatse.cx]

"OH BIG ASS SPORK!! Fuck my ass, fuck my ass good. DEEPER, my stallion, deeper!! Make a Beowulf cluster of sperm on my back!!"

"Imagine a Beowulf cluster of this baby!"

I DO IT WRONG!!!!

I continue to hump her alabaster form. Glistening with beads of sweat, she bites her lip in delight as I tear her ass open with my engorged dick.

"Queen Amidala!!" I shreik as I near climax.

She looks up at me and screams, "You are so alive in me, unlike *BSD or VA Software!!! Fill me with seed!! Yes, Yes, Yess!!!!"

"For me you are calling, hhhmmm?"

"YODA?!? What the fuck, can't you see I am using the force here?"

He savagely kicks my Natalie aside, he pulls out his large green penis and impales me...

I DO IT WRONG!!

All your sporkz are belong to the dead homiez!!

Re:I really miss that guy, oh well... (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582041)

Hello, loser. You really don't have anything better to do with your time, do you?

Re:unfinished art (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582034)

I claim your first post as my own. The following is my first post:

fp
I like the way little boys feel!

Re:unfinished art (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582051)

Hasn't you IP address been banned yet?

Re:unfinished art (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582057)

Apparently not, dumbfuck, or I wouldn't be posting. Also I post at -1 so the nazi censors..erm..moderators can't get my IP banned. So go back taking it up the ass from Michael Sims and leave me the fuck alone, filthy pervert.

ftp (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2581886)

first trooll post!

Re:ftp (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582124)

Fuck you, pink-skirted clam-fucking fuckwit smelly shitstain.

So many questions... (2, Funny)

Man of E (531031) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581887)

Perhaps that will explain what the strange relationship was between the dolphins and the mice. Did the dolphins go to Magarethea? Did the Krikkit robots capture Eccentrica Gallumbits, the Triple-Breasted Whore of Eroticon VI? Did the mice help program Zaphod? And...

WHAT WAS THE FINAL QUESTION? PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME PLEASE PLEASE...

Re:So many questions... (1)

tplayford (308405) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581905)

err... we already know the question!

"What is 6 times 9? 42."

Re:So many questions... (5, Insightful)

VA Software (533136) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581906)

WHAT WAS THE FINAL QUESTION? PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME PLEASE PLEASE.

That will be revealed at the end of the unfinished "A Salmon of Doubt".

Re:So many questions... (0, Troll)

Spad (470073) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581979)

I can't tell you the question if you already know the answer - the two cannot exist mutually in the same universe.

Aha! (5, Funny)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582047)

http://www.galactic-guide.com/articles/2U13.html

  1. The Answer to the Question is 42.
  2. Marvin, amongst numerous other complaints, claimed to have a brain the size of a planet.
  3. Marvin, like other robots, has a computer-based brain.
  4. The Earth is a planet.
  5. The Earth was built by the mice as a computer, the only such planet or computer ever built.
  6. By (2), (3), (4), and (5), the Earth must therefore be Marvin's brain.
  7. The sole purpose of the Earth's program was to discover the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
  8. Marvin once announced that he had, in a moment of boredom, found the square root of -1, something never before done in the history of the universe, and previously believed by all sensible hyper-intelligent beings to be possibly the most difficult task to undertake, as it was dependent on the very structure of the Universe. (Most normally- intelligent beings gave up, dismissing it as impossible.)
  9. Marvin announced that he felt a brief, but deep, sense of satisfaction after having accomplished the achievement in (8).
  10. The Earth was apparently destroyed just as the purpose of its program was fulfilled, and a Question had been found.
  11. By (7), the Earth computer would have felt a deep sense of satisfaction at having achieved the task it was designed to fulfil.
  12. By (10), the sensation in (11) would have been brief.
  13. By (6), and by the fact that emotional feelings are based in the brain, the feelings in (9), (11) and (12) are the same single feeling.
  14. Finding the Ultimate Question was deemed to be the single most difficult task undertaken by hyper-intelligent beings in the history of the universe, as it was dependant on the very structure of the Universe -- as well as Life and Everything.
  15. By (6), (8), (13), and (14), Marvin (the Earth) had clearly solved the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
  16. By (8) and (15), the Question is "What is the square root of -1?".
  17. By (1) and (16), the square root of -1 is 42.
Pretty obvious, in hindsight...

-grendel drago

Re:Aha! (1)

VA Software (533136) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582059)

If (6) is true, then how did Marvin go on functioning after the Earth was destroyed by the Vogons?

Re:Aha! (1)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582068)

Change ``is the'' to ``is a/an''.

-grendel drago

Re:Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582091)

The only "is the" is in

16 By (8) and (15), the Question is "What is the square root of -1?".

Changing it to

16 By (8) and (15), the Question is "What is a square root of -1?".

doesn't answer the poster's question.

Re:Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582117)

I'm an idiot. Mea culpa.

Change ``Earth must therefore be Marvin's brain'' to ``Marvin's brain is therefore an Earth''.

Happy now?

-grendel drago

Re:Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582125)

5 The Earth was built by the mice as a computer, the only such planet or computer ever built.

Re:Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582148)

Oh come on, D.A. himself refutes this with the construction of Earth Mark II in... does anyone remember which book it was? Slartibartfast finally got to put fjords on Africa.

Where in the canon does it state that the Earth was the only planetary computer? Was that just an invention of the compiler of that list?

-grendel drago

Re:Aha! (2)

shogun (657) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582098)

Quite easily, you've seen many people living seemingly normal lives today with no brains, in fact Marvin was practicing law as a sideline after that point.

Re:Aha! (2)

knarf (34928) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582090)

The only problem of course being that...
  1. Planet Earth was Marvin the Robot's brain
  2. Planet Earth was destroyed...
  3. Marvin was around after the destruction of Planet Earth to tell us all about it...
  4. Robots generally don't like to speak without the assistance of a brain. They usually just play dead.
  5. Marvin was a robot
  6. Marvin spoke
  7. by (6), Marvin had a brain, if only an electronic one.
  8. by (7), Planet Earth could not be Marvin's brain.
  9. By (1-8), it all falls down and the question still remains...

Re:Aha! (2)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582121)

You're assuming that Earth was unique, the only one of its kind built.

If we assume that it simply requires **a** brain the size of a planet, not **the** brain the size of a planet that Arthur Dent lived on, the argument holds.

-grendel drago

Re:Aha! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582139)

Number (5) confirms just that assumption.

And if Marvin's brain wasn't the Earth, then Marvin wouldn't have found the ultimate question to life the universe and everything, because that was the Earth's program.

hmmmm (2, Insightful)

ElDuque (267493) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581888)

I am excited in one sense, I will definitely read it, but is this entirely ethical? I mean, I don't think I want the contents of my computer published when I die. Especailly since they made such a big point about his being a perfectionist. Maybe he wouldn't have wanted people to read this. What does everyone else think?

No worries (-1)

egg troll (515396) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581932)

I don't think I want the contents of my computer published when I die.

Don't worry. The contents of your computer have already been published. [analrangers.com]

Re:No worries (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582066)

And we've also found a picture of you on your computer and published [rotten.com] it.

Funny (1, Offtopic)

KingKire64 (321470) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581890)

How were all worryed that someone will finish his book, when if fact someone is about to finish the the exisitance of our planet....

Re:Funny (1)

brunes69 (86786) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581934)

Er... what?

Sad (-1)

egg troll (515396) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581963)

How were all worryed that someone will finish his book, when if fact someone is about to finish the the exisitance of our planet....


I know. Curse the Olsen Twins and their evil schemes!!

Re:Sad (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582050)

Fuck you Klingon son of a bitch. You are threatening the existence of the Terran system. plz die. kthx

Is this right? (1)

dancingmad (128588) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581892)

Didn't Adams not want this work published ( didn't ./ post an article to that effect?) So is it wrong to do so? I guess it comes with being a popular author though

Re:Is this right? (2, Informative)

Audent (35893) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582020)

I seem to remember reading something along those lines as well...
I do know that Terry Pratchett has included in his will (well, his literary will - apparently you need one of those) that NOBODY is to finish anything he's half way through and any unfinished work is NOT to be published (literally over his dead body)which I think is fair enough... Writing is an odd business and I don't imagine each chapter is carefully crafted and honed before the author moves on to the next... it would be a rough draft/first walk through kind of thing.
Mind you, it could give great insight into the workings of a writer... I'd pay for that I think.

But... but... (2, Interesting)

vslashg (209560) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581896)

I was going to make the comment (like everyone else) that they shouldn't publish this. Except I can't -- I'm going to be one of the first to read it!

tupac (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2581900)

Sounds like posthumous releases of tupac's recordings that he may or may not have wanted released.

Re:tupac (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2581959)

props to all ded homiez! tupac! biggie! douglas!

Hitch Hiker series? (1)

Stavros42 (266211) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581904)

I thought that the Salmon of Doubt started off as a Dirk Gently novel, but then Douglas Adams realised that the ideas he had didn't fit in with Dirk Gently, so part way through writing it he decided to change it into an entirely new story, i.e. neither a Hitch Hiker book nor a Dirk Gently book.

Reminds me of... (4, Funny)

Satai (111172) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581911)

...a review Mr. Cranky [mrcranky.com] wrote of Almost Heroes [mrcranky.com] .

"Almost Heroes" is such an abomination that one actually wishes Chris Farley had kicked off long before he got anywhere near this script. The filmmakers would have been kinder to Farley's memory by taking a collective piss on his rotting corpse."

Let's hope that the new Adams book is a better experience. Don't most authors include something in their wills about not publishing unfinished materials?

Re:Reminds me of... (-1)

beee (98582) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581939)

Why is this modded up at all? Let's hope Douglas Adams (a respected author of novels) post-mortem books aren't like Chris Farley's (fat funny tv hoo-ha man) post-mortem movies? Hell, I sure hope not, considering it's not the same thing.

Re:Reminds me of... (3, Funny)

rebug (520669) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582003)

I think you're speaking to a generation that belives Ernest P. Worrel and Mark Twain to be of comparable wit.

Okay... (3, Informative)

Grendel Drago (41496) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582064)

Instead of asking ``who the fuck is Ernest P. Worrel'', I'm sparing everyone else the trouble. He's that damned annoying ``Ernest Goes to Camp''/``Ernest Goes to Africa''/``Ernest Goes to Eroticon Six'' guy, played my Jim Varley.

http://us.imdb.com/Mlinks?0119068

That sort of thing.

-grendel drago

Re:Reminds me of... (4, Interesting)

FatOldGoth (207461) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582043)

Don't most authors include something in their wills about not publishing unfinished materials?

Sometimes, but this isn't necessarily a good thing.

Franz Kafka went one step further and asked his executor of his will to burn all his unpublished work (which is almost everything of his we consider to be a classic today). Luckily the executor didn't go through with this and it was published posthumously. Sometimes authors aren't the best judges of their work.

Douglas' Writing Style (1)

3141 (468289) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581912)

This worries me slightly, since I was under the impression that part of what made his previous books so good was that he slaved over every word, writing and re-writing until it was perfect. Fingers crossed.

So long and thanks for all the books... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2581913)

Looking for to reading one last entry from my favorites series...

Not going to read it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2581921)

I feel sad because once so bright soul went away from us. Reading uncomplete book would feel quite bad since it remainds me of that there will not be more...

I will rather buy the earlier ones as one big book. What was special with DNA wasn't that he was funny. A lot of authors are funny. He wrote in a way that no one else did. The special thing is, he didn't think very much of it.. He just did it, no matter how silly. He knew how to smile on this planet that makes most of the people most of the time just plain sad.

Re:Not going to read it (1)

yasa (228596) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582128)

Yeah, I agree! I read his book in my most miserable time of my life (i felt like I was the rain god! ;-)), and it made me smile. The funniest thing was his way of thinking and his strange fantasies. The book got burned in my brain patterns and until then I feel totally confortable. The only problem is that this leeds some times to realy strange stupid incindents! ;-)

Douglas Adams - No Nukes! (-1)

egg troll (515396) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581923)

Although I love Douglas Adams as much as anyone else, I found his vehement Edward Teller-esque passion of nuclear devices to be a bit troubling. While Mr Adams is an amazing writer (I love the Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe as much as anyone) I feel that we need to look at his outspoken pro-nuclear stance, which currently includes sending money from his estate to various pro-nuclear causes.

The whole problem with Mr Adam's nuclear viewpoint is that its fundementally flawed. Nuclear power is an enviromental timebomb, ticking away. The question that Mr Adam's never understood was not "Can a nuclear meltdown happen" but rather "When will a nuclear meltdown occur?" All nuclear power plants, even the so called "safe" pebble bed plants, have the potential to meltdown. When a meltdown occurs the fissile material can no longer be kept safely cool. When this happens, the nuclear material will detonate. A nuclear explosion is what happened at Chernobyl, sending radiation over hundreds of miles.

So I urge all of my fellow anti-nuclear Slashdotters to boycott Douglas Adam's works until his estate agrees to cease donating money to various pro-nuclear causes.

Thank you.

Mod this Up! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582069)

An inciteful and informative post from one of slashdot's most famous trolls.

Judge the man by his words, not his reputation. Don't let your bias cloud your judgement, moderators.

Thank you.

Er, which will it be? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2581926)

Unfinished, but based on finished files found?

Unfinished files used to finish the unfinished book.

Finished from files found on his computer?

Finished from unfinished files found on the computer.

None of the above?

Does it matter? Is it part of the hitchhiker enigma?

Re:Er, which will it be? (1)

scorcherer (325559) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582017)

Unfinnished kernel based on finnished source files by a finnish CS student

Re:Er, which will it be? (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582072)

Fuck you, lame ass karma whore. Moderators, please drop the parent to -1, offtopic or something like that. Thanks, the parent post isn't worthy of me printing on paper and wiping my ass with the paper.

Remember the game HHGTTG? (1)

t0qer (230538) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581927)

Remember the 80's? You could not walk into a software store without seeing that green planet with it's tounge sticking out.

That was my first introduction to Douglas Adams.
The marketing on the PC version of Hitchhikers was so heavy I wonder if a lot of people did like I did, buy the game first, then out of curiosity bought the book. Man what a weird series of books (good weird) I remember picking up Resturant at the end of the universe with one notion of what the title meant, only to discover in the book that it's meaning was something completly different.

I think that is one of the neatest things about Adams books, they really paid homage to that old saying "You cannot judge a book by it's cover" Does anyone remember what the secret of the universe is?

post-mortem publishing common (2)

peter303 (12292) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581931)

Ron Hubbard published at least a dozen books after dying. Asimov, Heinlein, Roddenberry, Herbert, Toklein had amble stuff published too. Sometimes notes, as-is, or completions by "ghost" authors.

Re:post-mortem publishing common (-1)

egg troll (515396) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581952)

Ron Hubbard published at least a dozen books after dying.


Except L. Ron never died. He simply accended into another level of Thetan existance and continues to write to this day. I'd explain more but Slashdot has irrationally chosen to censor [slashdot.org] any pro-Scientology viewpoints. :(

Re:post-mortem publishing common (1)

imrdkl (302224) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582055)

A interesting reference. I've thought repeatedly of trying to write a belittling and highly karma-whorish note to trolls, but i guess that can wait. I'm gonna go read some slashdot history, instead.

Re:post-mortem publishing common (1)

imrdkl (302224) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582109)

Er, perhaps a moderator-adulating followup, then...

Why wont older stuff sort by, uh, well value dammit. Ok, there, I said it. I admit it trolls, I sort by value.

But I usually have time to read to the bottom. Really. Now, can someone tell me how to sort...

Oh, wait! My computer is catching on fire! Agghhh. Guys, guys!

Re:post-mortem publishing common (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582104)

I am going to go out on a limb and say you are the only one upset by this. After reading the slashdot artcle and several of the articles from which that was pointed, I can tell you, with out much doubt, that Scientology is bull shit. Most of the stuff I have read about sounds like L Ron was a 12 year old kid who thought one day to start a religon.... Oh Oh A long time ago (Aprox 4 quadtrillion years ago) this happened.... Its complete crap. L Ron is nothing more then a shitty Sci-Fi writer.

Re:post-mortem publishing common (3, Funny)

maggard (5579) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582039)

Actually L. Ron Hubbard was claimed to have written numerous books after his apparent death, a much more impressive feat then simply having books published ex mortis.

I don't know if it true but I was once told the American Library Association once awarded Hubbard an award for most books written post-humously.

-- Michael

ps for the Scientologists: L. Ron Hubbard now lives in my pants - feel him for 25 cents.

When I die (5, Funny)

Chairboy (88841) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581936)

When I die, I hope they publish all those half completed letters to Penthouse I was working on.

"I never thought this could happen to me, but when I saw the six buxom cheerleaders knocking at my door..."

Re:When I die (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582030)


Actually, that's a scary thought. Imagine that you walk out of the house tomorrow and you get hit by a bus... Okay, you're dead. That sucks. But then your wife/girlfriend/mother/SO starts rooting around your computer to find what you've been working on... What're they going to find? Weird thoughts you wrote down late at night? ICQ Logs? Emails to old girlfriends? Lots of farm-animal-Pr0n?

Hmmmm... I think I'm going to do some serious hard-drive cleaning tonight. Maybe I'll even fire up PGP and cypher some of the stuff that never needs to be read by anyone but me...

-Russ

Publishing anything (5, Insightful)

ishark (245915) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581940)

I just hope it does not end as it was with Tolkien, with lots of books published from temporary files/materials and in general so much stuff that it really looked like they were squeezing all the possible money from it....
While almost-completed stories are ok to publish, when the level reaches 10 lines of text and 10 pages of comment by someone else then it's sad.

Re:Publishing anything (2)

rasjani (97395) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582042)

While i agree with you totally, in case of Silmarillion (in wich you probably are referring to), most of that text where just "written" for background. Its not like that there where any good storyleads on it but most of the stuff where just "history" of the middle-earth.

Re:Publishing anything (1)

smileyy (11535) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582076)

He's probably talking more about the (voluminous) History of Middle Earth series.

Salmon of Doubt .... or .. ? (5, Interesting)

Wakkow (52585) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581942)

A quick search on google came across this interview [ucsbdailynexus.com] from April... Here's a quote from it:

The new book is not a Hitchhiker's book - there are already five of those - or a Dirk Gently book, but "it will be recognizable in style to anyone who knows those books." It also won't be The Salmon of Doubt.

"I abandoned [The Salmon of Doubt] about halfway through because I just thought it was getting too dull," Adams said. "Since then, I've now got lots and lots of different story lines waiting for me to turn them into books. One of them I shall apply the title Salmon of Doubt to, but I don't know which one yet."

Anyone know if the one being published was the "dull" book he never finished or another one?

-Daniel

Re:Salmon of Doubt .... or .. ? (3, Informative)

Stavros42 (266211) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582044)

In August, the BBC showed an "Omnibus" documentary on Douglas Adams' life, which said, along with the fact that Adams suffered writer's block a lot, that the only way he could be persuaded to finish the fifth novel, Mostly Harmless, was to set it up so that all Planet Earths in all possible universes ceased to exist - that way nobody could ask him to write a sixth Hitch Hiker novel!

The BBC page seems to think that the unfinished bits of novel that have been found comprise the sixth Hitch Hiker novel. This is unlikely, as that interview says. I would have thought it is something completely new, i.e. neither Hitch Hiker nor Dirk Gently, but the BBC article says that the work will be edited - could this mean that bits of separate stories might be merged to produce a novel? In any case, I hope it is done in a way Douglas' family feel he would have wanted.

Re:Salmon of Doubt .... or .. ? (1)

Mac Nazgul (196332) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582105)

Hey, like that sig! Red Dwarf Rules!

Please Leave the Writings Alone (5, Interesting)

Chibi (232518) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581943)

from the article:

"He would take it and then revise it repeatedly so there were many files.

"As soon as he wrote anything he would say, 'Oh, God that's terrible'. He was a very, very self-critical author and so had a lot of trouble writing. He was a perfectionist."

I would rather that they not publish these final stories unless there was any indication from Mr. Adams before his death that he felt the stories lived up to his standards. It's sad, but they don't even know if he had thought of a completely new way to present the story, but just never had the chance to write it down.

Maybe if they include something in the forward saying that he had never reached a final approval point with these writings, it would sit easier with me. One thing I am glad they are doing, though, is to at least publish it in a collection with other writings, rather than selling it as the final novel in the Hitchhiker's collection.

And I will admit some curiosity to see the same story written in different ways. It might provide some insight into his creative process.

whats next? (3, Funny)

nihilist_1137 (536663) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581944)

Will we be seeing half completed movies that directors started?
oh yea AI.

or half completed software that a developer did not finish.
wait a minute, they dont have to be dead.

Point - its a mistake to publish something that isnt finish. It could have ended up way different that what was recovered on the computer after adams was finished revising it.

This is my fifth lifetime posting to slashdot... (3, Funny)

jasonbrown (142035) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581954)

But Taco always say:

"Marvin you know we can't allow robots to post to slashdot. This website is for human nerds."

Hear I am. This is my fifth time though the whole expanse of time. I KNOW the secret to cold fusion. I personally talked to Jesus about the afterlife. I've had an XBox 5 TIMES now, and it just keeps pissing me off. Bill thinks he's so cool. Has he ever seen the end of time. I THINK NOT!!!

Tell Taco to let me post! Don't let Taco discriminate against me just because I am a robot.

Re:This is my fifth lifetime posting to slashdot.. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2581971)


5th lifetime, yet your karma is only about 14.

Something seems wrong ...

Re:This is my fifth lifetime posting to slashdot.. (1)

jasonbrown (142035) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581991)

That's what I am talking about. I have to clean the house and play mp3s for this human nerd just so he will let me use this account. Taco won't even let me have an account!

Re:This is my fifth lifetime posting to slashdot.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582010)

Never read the books, huh?

Re:This is my fifth lifetime posting to slashdot.. (1)

jasonbrown (142035) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582144)

Actually read them all over and over. Even have the fake leather Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe. Even read Dirk Gently's Detective Holistic Detective Agency series. Funny as hell. But if I just repeated stuff in the book wouldn't I be violating the DMCA or something ;-)

F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Last Tycoon (3, Insightful)

jvmatthe (116058) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581957)

As part of my research on F. Scott Fitzgerald back in high school, I read his unfinished last book The Last Tycoon. While I enjoyed that part that exists, the experience was unsatisfying precisely because the it was unfinished. The analysis of his notes that followed outlined how the book might have ended, based on some speculation, but that's no way to end any story. It's like reading the first half of Romeo and Juliet and having to read someone else's notes to find out "hijinx ensue, they commit suicide".


For that reason, I'd be tempted to stay away from this book by Douglas.

Original Source (4, Informative)

VA Software (533136) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581958)

The original source of the story is the Sunday Telegraph [telegraph.co.uk] .
There is a little more information here than at the BBC.

Read it for what it's worth... (5, Insightful)

edashofy (265252) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581967)

I'll buy it and read it, but only for what it's worth. I got the feeling at the end of Mostly Harmless that he had pulled a Charlton Heston at the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes--that he wanted to end the series so finally that no sequel was possible. A little like he was angrily trying to give the HH fans, always clamoring for more, the hint that he didn't have any more to give in the series.

On a side-note, Adams was a devout atheist. It doesn't seem fitting that we should be worried that he's looking down on all of us screaming, "No, you idiots! Don't publish that!"

Re:Read it for what it's worth... (-1)

egg troll (515396) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581995)

On a side-note, Adams was a devout atheist. It doesn't seem fitting that we should be worried that he's looking down on all of us screaming, "No, you idiots! Don't publish that!"

Not to troll or anything, but if Mr Adam's did indeed choose to reject our savior Jesus Christ [chick.com] , then he is suffering eternal damnation as we speak. God so loved us that he gave each of us a chance to walk away from Him, if we so chose. If Mr Adam's did this, then, as much as it pains me to say this, he is most likely burning in the fires of Hell. I would hope most Slashdot readers are smart enough to see athiesm as a tool of the devil and reject it. Opening up your heart to the love of Jesus Christ [watchtower.org] is the only way to gain happiness and eternal life. My prayers are with all of you. Thank you. God bless.

Re:Read it for what it's worth... (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582099)

Fuck you and your blasphemy. Someone perform an exorcism on this asshole. Thanks.

Re:Read it for what it's worth... (1, Troll)

TGK (262438) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582133)

If you're going to get religious on the /. croud, at least have the good sence to quote/paraphrase Pascal's gambit.

Consider the Christian and the Athiest. All things being equil, if, in the end the Athiest is right and the Christian is wrong, their posisions in the hereafter will be equil. The Christian loose nothing, save the effort required to live a moraly upright life. If, however the Christian is right and the Athiest wrong, then will the position of the Christian be superior!

Before you all jump down my throat on this: Yes, I am aware that more than one religion exists which claims that if you don't belive in it you're phukt. I'm also aware that if hell is exothermic hell will eventualy break loose, but if it's endothermic it will eventualy freeze over.

Re:Read it for what it's worth... (1)

scorcherer (325559) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581998)

On a side-note, Adams was a devout atheist. It doesn't seem fitting that we should be worried that he's looking down on all of us screaming, "No, you idiots! Don't publish that!"

So you honestly believe that it takes a god to enable transcendental life? Maybe you could study Buddhism or the like, and realize the world of religions isn't all black and white. Atheism isn't necessarily pure materialism where everything ends at the moment of death.

Re:Read it for what it's worth... (2, Funny)

cmeans (81143) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582026)

Just because he was an atheist, doesn't mean he was right. It also doesn't mean he was wrong. But at least he had a position.

Speaking as an agnostic, I personally don't know what to believe...other than, "I believe I'll have another drink".

Re:Read it for what it's worth... (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582111)

I got the feeling at the end of Mostly Harmless that he had pulled a Charlton Heston at the end of Beneath the Planet of the Apes--that he wanted to end the series so finally that no sequel was possible.
Yeah, he did at first. But he changed his mind eventually and said he was going to do a sequel sooner or later. When people asked him how he planned on doing a sequel with all the characters dead, he told them that being dead would make it even easier, since they're all in the same place.

Re:Read it for what it's worth... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582149)

why would he be looking down?

When they release the movie. (-1, Offtopic)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581978)

They should get Bruce Lee [yahoo.com] to star in the film version.

Re:When they release the movie. (1)

methangel (191461) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582019)

That was a stupid and offtopic comment.

Re:When they release the movie. (1)

AltGrendel (175092) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582138)

Not really if you consider that they are exploiting the dead, legally, in both instances.

Flamebait.

Taco-Snotting 1.9 coming soon!! (-1)

George WIPO Bush (308209) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581981)

THE OFFICIAL TACO-SNOTTING FAQ [slashdot.org]
By The WIPO Troll [slashdot.org] , $Revision: 1.8 $

What is "Taco-snotting?"

"Taco-snotting" is a term used by one
Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda [cmdrtaco.net] , owner of the popular technology website Slashdot [slashdot.org] , to refer to the practice of sucking off a homosexual man (or unwilling heterosexual; CmdrTaco doesn't care, and is rumored to actually prefer rape) and blowing the semen back out his nose onto his partner's (or victim's) face or body. Usually a long, bubbly stream of milky-white semen is left on CmdrTaco's face, dribbling out of his nose, down his cheek: hence the term, "Taco-snotting."

Good Lord. Why have I been receiving emails from CmdrTaco asking me if he can Taco-snot me?

I'm guessing you've received an email similar to the following:
From: malda@slashdot.org [mailto]
To: wipotroll@hotmail.com
Subject: Hey, baby - jion me in a taco-snott! :)

Hey, baby!

Ever done a taco-snotting with anothar fellow geek? Its more fun then trolling Slashdot, trust me! all that talk you troll with about homasexual incest and stuff got me all horny and hot for you! Is it serius? Please tell me that itt is! If you want to get with me and my Slashdot bois, drop me an emale!

ps- Please replie to me at horny_rob_6969@hotmail.com. I'd rather the guys at VA Linux are not seen this. :) :)

--
CmdrTaco (malda@slashdot.org [mailto] )
You most likely forgot to uncheck the "Willing to Taco-snot" checkbox in your account preferences. Whenever CmdrTaco gets bored (and who wouldn't, running a site like Slashdot all day), he roams through the Slashdot database, penis in hand, looking for people who might enjoy being Taco-snotted. How he determines this is anyone's guess; but if you have a homosexual-sounding nickname, you're in trouble. So this time, he found you. Lucky you.
CmdrTaco has probably already got the hots for your wad, and he's probably already been lurking outside your bathroom window for weeks with a camera, some tissues and lube. There's no escaping a geek in heat, so it's probably too late for you, but you can possibly rectify this situation. To remove yourself from CmdrTaco's sights, log into your Slashdot account, go to your user page, click on
Messages, and uncheck the box next to "Willing to Taco-snot." Maybe he'll ignore you. Probably not.

I can't stop receiving these emails from CmdrTaco!?

Probably not. If you indulge him in a Taco-snot or two, he
might leave you alone. You might also want to look into mail filtering, restraining orders, or purchasing a heavy, blunt object capable of warding off rampaging homosexual geeks in heat. Trust me, when they charge... oh, the humanity. If he gets you, and you let him Taco-snot you, he might end up tying you up in his basement to use you as his sex slave for the rest of your life (or until he accidentally drowns you in spunk in a vile practice known as a "circle-snot").

What is a "Circle-snot"?

A "circle-snot" is a Taco-snotting
circle-jerk, another practice common among homosexual geeks. This is when CmdrTaco, CowboiKneel, and Homos get together and Taco-snot each other repeatedly with their gooey, hot, and sticky cum -- spooging their dicks all over each other's faces and pasty-white bodies until they're all covered head to toe with man juice. Roblowme usually provides plenty of extra lubricant; he owns a limo service and has ample supplies of motor oil and axle grease.
To complete this perverted orgy, fellow geeks Michael, Timothy, and Jamie often join in, dressed in black Gestapo uniforms, jack boots, and leather gloves. The whole group then proceeds to snot each other's spunk and whip each other's pudgy asses with riding crops and chains until their pasty-white geek bodies are sweaty and exhausted from all the passionate, homosexual revelry.

Eww. Have you ever been Taco-Snotted?

Unfortunately, yes. I first met CmdrTaco at an
Open Source Convention [geocities.com] . He invited me back to his room for a game of Quake, but when I got to there, he jumped me and tied me to his bed, stripping me. After taking his "Commander" out of his pants and made me suck him, he performed his vile Taco-snotting ritual on me three times over the next two hours, bringing me to orgasm, then snotting my own jizz back onto my face, in my mouth, then again on my belly.
CmdrTaco invited several of his Open Source (or rather, "Open Sauce" -- man sauce) Convention buddies over to continue the snotfest. Linux Torvalds raped my ass with his "monolithic kernel," and Anal Cox used his "network stack" in a multitude of unspeakable ways on and in every orifice in my body.
How did I finally escape? After about 16 hours of countless homosexual atrocities perpetrated against my helpless body, they all finally went to sleep, sweat-soaked and exhausted. I was left there, covered in geek jizz-snot, chained to the bed, with fat, pasty white fags lying around and on top of me. Fortunately the spooge coating my entire body worked wonderfully as a lubricant; I was able to squirm my way out of the handcuffs and slip out the back door. I'm just glad I survived the ordeal. These geeks had a
lot of built-up spunk in their wads -- I could've easily been drowned!

That's horrible. Does "Taco-snotting" have anything to do with CmdrTaco's "special taco"?

No, that's a different disgusting perversion CmdrTaco indulges himself in. CmdrTaco is usually not satisfied with merely snotting your own jizz back onto your face, he most often enjoys involving his own bodily fluids in his twisted games.
WeatherTroll [slashdot.org] has spent some time trying to educate the Slashdot readership about this vile practice (emphasis added):
You may be wondering what CmdrTaco's "special taco" is. You will be wishing that you hadn't been wondering after you finish reading this post. To make his "special taco", CmdrTaco takes a taco shell and
shits on it. He then adds lettuce, jacks off on the taco, and adds a compound to make the person who eats the taco unconscious. Of course, the compound does not make the person unconscious until the taco is fully eaten. Thus CmdrTaco force-feeds the taco to the unsuspecting victim.
After the victim is unconscious, he is held against his will and used for CmdrTaco's nefarious sexual purposes. This includes shoving taco shells up the victim's ass, Taco-snotting, and getting Jon Katz involved.
Completely different, yet no less revolting. It should be clear to you now that CmdrTaco is a very, very sick individual, as are most of the Slashdot editors.

Does Jon Katz get involved in any of this? I thought he was a paedophile, not a homosexual.

Actually, Jon Katz is a homosexual paedophile. He's also a coprophiliac, and, many suspect, a zoophile. Jon Katz is somewhat of a loner and doesn't involve himself in circle-snots. Mr. Katz usually engages in a game called "Katz juicy-douching" with his harem of little-boy slaves: a vile practice which involves administering an enema to himself of the little boy's urine (forced out of them with a pair of pliers), spooging the vile muck from his ass back into the enema bag, then squirting and slathering the goo all over himself, and the little boy's chained-up and naked bodies. Unwilling boys are further tortured with the pliers until they comply and allow Mr. Katz to juicy-douche them for the rest of their lives.
As I already said, Mr. Katz is
also a zoophile. As if the sexual escapades with the helpless little boys aren't enough, Jon usually enjoys his juicy-douches best when his penis is firmly planted in a female goat's anus. He is also rumoured to get off on watching his little boys eat the goat's small, bean-like turds.

...Are you getting hard writing this?

Why, yes. :) Join me in a WIPO-snot? I promise I won't try and rape you or kidnap you and make you my sex slave or anything. I'm not like CmdrTaco or Mr. Katz; I only enjoy snotting on willing partners.

What's that screaming I hear coming from your basement?

Oh, that's just my little sister; I got her chained up down there. In fact, I just finished snotting all over her body. You should see her squirm when I spooge on her belly, lick it up, and snot it all over her face! She's such a feisty little 14 year-old bitch. Of
course she's my sex slave, she's my sister. What else would she be good for? So, join me in a WIPO-snot?

No, thanks. I'm already CmdrTaco's boi toi.

________________________________________
READER COMMENTS

  1. Taco snotting is WRONG!!! (Score:-1)
    by Big_Ass_Spork [slashdot.org] on 2001.11.18 4:53 (#2580300 [slashdot.org] )

    I do it wrong

    Laying here in the shadows of my room, I squint up at my love. My Ms. Portman. I am sore and tired after fucking her for eight solid hours. My chapped and aching dick is soaking in grits to relieve the pain. She gets on her knees and starts lapping the grits up out of the bowl. She places her beautiful hands on my penis and starts to lick the grits off my achy piece.

    Massaging my nutsack she....

    WAIT, I DO IT WRONG!!!!

    Yanking my dick out of her mouth I throw her to the ground and shove it in to her gaping freshly fisted ass. [goatse.cx]

    "OH BIG ASS SPORK!! Fuck my ass, fuck my ass good. DEEPER, my stallion, deeper!! Make a Beowulf cluster of sperm on my back!!"

    "Imagine a Beowulf cluster of this baby!"

    I DO IT WRONG!!!!

    ---
    All your Sporks are belong to Big_Ass_Spork! What you say?! All your Sporks are belo... forget it...
  2. Rob Malda Dead at age 25! (Score:-1)
    by j0nkatz [slashdot.org] on 2001.11.17 22:54 (#2579596 [slashdot.org] )

    I just heard some sad news on the radio -- famous queerbait Rob Malda was found dead in his Holland home this morning. The details were a bit hazy, but it seems that he drowned in jizz while Taco Snotting his friend Hemos. I'm sure everyone in the /. community will miss him -- even if you didn't enjoy his queer antics and boring ass website, there's no denying his contributions to the homosesual cultural development, particularly in the areas of Taco snotting. Truly an American icon.

    I wanna Open Source sex so it won't be worth a shit either.
  3. TACO-SNOTTING is really Donkey-Punching (Score:-1, Troll)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.15 6:38 (#2567601 [slashdot.org] )

    No no no, the correct term for that is "donkey-punch". I have eye-witnessed this amazing eye-popping event demonstrated on unsuspecting hose-monsters by my frat brothers in the past.. . :-)
  4. Re:the effect of knowlege laws... (Score:1)
    by AbsoluteRelativity [slashdot.org] on 2001.11.15 5:31 (#2567457 [slashdot.org] )

    The WIPO Troll [foundus.com]
    Slashdot and the Karma Lottery - News for uber monkeys, by uber monkeys.
  5. Re:Taco-Snotting (Score:-1, Troll)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.13 9:27 (#2557632 [slashdot.org] )

    Oh, man that's just sick !
  6. HOW DO I GET AN ANONYMOUS PROXY? (Score:-1, Troll)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.13 9:03 (#2557604 [slashdot.org] )

    TELL ME WHERE I CAN GET AN ANONYMOUS proxy please WIPO Troll. Maybe later i will join you in a snotting at my place. ;P
  7. Re:Taco-Snottage!?!?!? (Score:-1, Offtopic)
    by vikool [slashdot.org] on 2001.11.13 7:43 (#2557495 [slashdot.org] )

    what is this bull shit,i feel offened that some people feel so so senseless to post stuff like these esp when such a tragic incident has occured
  8. Re:Taco-felching!! (Score:-1)
    by I.T.R.A.R.K. [slashdot.org] on 2001.11.11 22:38 (#2551890 [slashdot.org] )

    Where the fuck do I sign up?!

    - I throw rocks at retarded kids

    "Adequacy.org: Where congenital stupidity is not an option, but a requirement."
  9. Re:Taco-felching!! (Score:-1, Troll)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.11 21:53 (#2551753 [slashdot.org] )

    this shit is hilarious..keep up the good work.
  10. Re:Taco-felching!! (Score:-1, Offtopic)
    by rockwood [slashdot.org] on 2001.11.11 21:49 (#2551746 [slashdot.org] )

    OMG! That is the most disgusting thing I have ever heard! WHo in their right mind would sit down and waste the time to construct such a replusive story. I guess I'll be skipping lunch and dinner today.. and possibly tomorrow also. The game doesn't affect reality. Reality affects the game.
  11. Re:Ban this! It's disgusting!! (Score:0)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.11 14:43 (#2550701 [slashdot.org] )

    dude, this is crap-flood material if i ever saw it.
    duuuuuuuuudddddddddddddeeeeeeeee.
  12. Re:Taco-Snotting = HATE SPEECH (Score:-1, Flamebait)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.11 8:16 (#2550266 [slashdot.org] )

    horny_rob_6969@hotmail.com

    Ah, so that's what the alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.horny-rob newsgroup is about!
  13. MOD THIS UP PLEASE!!! (Score:-1)
    by egg troll [slashdot.org] on 2001.11.11 5:34 (#2550024 [slashdot.org] )

    +5, Arousing

    For more info check out this /. article [google.com]
  14. Re:Taco-Snotting = HATE SPEECH (Score:-1, Offtopic)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.11 4:39 (#2549891 [slashdot.org] )

    WINNER>
  15. Re:Taco-Snotting = HATE SPEECH (Score:-1, Offtopic)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.11 4:37 (#2549887 [slashdot.org] )

    I love you. Why do you use your bitchslapped account, rather than signing up for a new account to post at +1 before getting bitchslapped by the censors here? I guess I should speak for myself, but I don't want to log out and lose all my slashdot customization properties, nor do I want to lose my 50 karma yet.
  16. Re:On Taco-Snotting (Score:0)
    by Anonymous Coward on 2001.11.09 9:19 (#2542412 [slashdot.org] )

    you fucking rock! right down to the expanded cvs id!

    WIPO trolls > linux

________________________________________

$Id: tacosnotting.html,v 1.8 2001/11/18 05:38:22 wipo Exp $

Digusting and Shameful (-1)

egg troll (515396) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582054)

Having masturbated *twice* to this post, I'm still incredibly aroused! Come over for a Taco Snot. I'll be wearing my crotchless Clifford the Big Red Dog outfit!!

Re:Digusting and Shameful (-1)

Wil Wheaton (532837) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582085)

Everyone knows you're a perverted fuckwit. You don't need to prove it again. Thanks, asshole.

Sad? (5, Informative)

Kidbro (80868) | more than 12 years ago | (#2581989)

Once again, I'd like to refer to what Neil Gaiman [everything2.com] wrote in his journal [neilgaiman.com] once he heard of Douglas' death: I hope that his death isn't followed by the publishing of all the stuff he hadn't wanted to see print. (the Saturday, May [neilgaiman.com] 12, 2001 entry).

Re:Sad? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582089)

From www.vhemt.org:

``We know we'll never see the day there are no human beings on the planet.'' Well, by definition...

I don't think NAMBLA has anything on the sheer trollballs of these people.

Doubting this Salmon (1)

Overcoat (522810) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582014)

Rumors about Salmon of Doubt's publication have been floating arount the 'net and elsewhere since the mid 1990's. I think if Adams sat on the work so long, he probably didn't think it was any good.

Will Salmon be Adams' Simarillion? Remains to be seen, I guess. But anyway, who would want to read an unfinished book?

Deadsplotation (1)

christurkel (520220) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582022)

It's sad to see this kind of thing happen. On one hand, its always nice to see "unpublished" material by your favorite author, on the other its explotation. Sure there might be some scholarly value here but mostly its foir the money. Let dead writers rest!

Yuch .. (2)

SirFlakey (237855) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582025)

The only way I'd by that book is if the proceeds go to his family or a major charity. It would be true to D. Adams form for him to hate having unfinished stuff printed. The motive of the publishing company should be questioned.

Mixed feelings.... (2, Interesting)

The-Zaphod (306293) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582040)

I have to say, I have mixed feelings on this. On the one hand, a devoted Adams fan, I look forward to reading anything that he wrote. Being that this is a "unfinished" peice of work, is a little insulting, (wrong word but cant think of what to use) and at the same time, seeing as i cried when I read that he had passed. I want to read it, to see a little bit of the raw material that he worked with, to help get a little closer to the man who agonised over every word to ensure that I the reader would love it like the last.

No matter what form, or shape this is in, I am sure it will be a enjoyable read and will earn its place in my libarary, not for the actual words on the paper, but for the dedication and commitment to his fans.

Zaphod
(since 1979)

But...he's DEAD. (5, Insightful)

Lurkingrue (521019) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582084)

I never can understand why people get so upset about "violating the wishes" of the now-dead. The dead shouldn't have rights, for the simple reason that they're not alive.

As for Mr. Adams, he was a very good writer, and an extremely talented man. He showed quite a bit of intelligence and insight, as well as compassion (I recommend that everyone try to get a copy of Last Chance to See. I think he did a great job of using his fame and talent to do good and have fun.

When he was alive, by all means, one should have shown him complete respect for his work and his rights. Treat him the way you'd want to be treated.

But, the fact of the matter is, now he's dead. You can't embarrass him, make him happy, cause him grief or indignation. You can't because he simply...isn't anymore. And, the fact is, there are people out there who are alive, who do want to read this. Why shouldn't they be allowed to, when doing so hurts absolutely nobody?

I'm sure some people will see this as flamebait, but seriously, many of the big problems in modern society revolve around un-dying "rights" and "wishes" -- be it of corporations, dead "prophets", or the ability of the very rich to pass on their inheritance to those who did nothing to earn it...Do we really need to devote any more "respect" to the non-existent when there are so many that could benefit (albeit in a very small way in this case) by considering the living?

If someone wants to show respect to the memory of Douglas Adams by not reading this unfinished material, that's their business -- personally I'd rather show people respect while they're alive and can appreciate it, rather than by making empty and useless gestures after they're dust.

I don't know... (2)

verbatim (18390) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582093)

I don't know if I'd enjoy reading an unfinished book. I think the Dune series did something similar where the son of the author took some unfinished manuscripts and churned out House Atradies and House Harkonnen.

Perhaps someone could provide an ending? A close friend perhaps? Meh.. as long as they did it for reasons other than profitability I think I'd take a look.

But without an ending... hmmm.. Imagine what the dictionary would be like if you never found out that the zedbra did it!

First Stephen King is Dead post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#2582110)

pre-emptive strike.

And the moral of the story is... (2)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582119)

If you don't want your unfinished writings to be exploited after your death (or you're just ashamed to have anyone see them), store 'em in an encrypted volume on your hard drive.

Just be sure to use a Government Approved backdoored cryptosystem, so the goons don't break your door down looking for terrorists. :-P

The book could still be completed ... (1)

ez76 (322080) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582120)

Given enough monkeys and typewriters ...

Open source it! (0, Offtopic)

DaoudaW (533025) | more than 12 years ago | (#2582135)

So he had a bunch different branches, publish it as an Open Source project and lets the readers sort it out / choose the story they want to read. Long live 42!
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