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Gently does it The Salmon of Doubt Douglas Adams 336pp Macmillan James Boswell was taken aback by Samuel Johnsons verdict on Gullivers Travels When once you have thought of big men and little men it is very easy to do all the rest So are we - but part of the reason were appalled is that while Johnson almost completely misses the point he has a point It is about mistrusting fantastic literatures ability to deliver a moral message Not many people would compare Douglas Adams with Swift but there are worse ways of spending an afternoon Almost the first joke in The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is how humans are so backward that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea This would be about 1978 or so Hardly Swiftian saeva indignatio but you get the picture almost at once The world is destroyed as a gag about demolishing homes for bypasses almost immediately by the end of the series 1992s Mostly Harmless Adams has restored the world only to destroy it again bitterly I doubt there is a comedy sci-fi work bleaker than Mostly Harmless Adams thought so and one of the many sad aspects of his sudden death last year a heart attack in a Santa Barbara gym at the age of 49 - just the kind of throwaway demise he might have handed out to an insignificant unlikable character of his own invention is that there will be no upbeat ending to the series Anyway think up the title The Hitchhikers etc and as Johnson said it is very easy to do all the rest You will still need a fertile imagination a fondness for silly names a thorough grasp of English zaniness from Wodehouse to Python - and for best results experience of writing scripts for Doctor Who which is as sound a grounding in popular British sci-fi as you could wish for It
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