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The Anthology At The End Of The Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors On Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (Smart Pop series) Paperback – March 11, 2005


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  • Series: Smart Pop series
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (March 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932100563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932100563
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Glenn Yeffeth is the editor of Seven Seasons of Buffy and Taking the Red Pill: Science, Philosophy and Religion in The Matrix. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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I spent fifteen years consulting and running management consultancies in Chicago, Dallas and London. In a burst of mid-life crisis, I chucked it to start BenBella Books, a traditional publishing house. Starting a old-fashioned publishing firm in the 21st century is crazy, I know, but it's turned out to be one of the best things I ever did.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 23, 2005
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Twenty essays make up The Anthology at the End of the Universe and each author basically tries to tell us what is so important about the 5 book Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy. It's sort of like the old joke about the blind men each trying to describe an elephant when they each had only a small piece of the animal in their grip. No one essay can be expected to give you a definitive answer as to what the Hitchhiker's Guide is truly about or what Douglas Adams' message was when he wrote it. What the essays do is give you an understanding of why the books are so popular and how so many people have found a place for them in their lives and hearts.

Some of these essays had me laughing out loud so that I had to read those parts to my husband to prove I hadn't really gone off the deep end. Other's had me wondering about how you could come up with such serious connections from a series of comedic science fiction books. Then there were the essays that had me saying, "hmm, never thought of that". And of course, being me, there were the essays that had me sniffling discreetly into a tissue. There's a lot to like in this collection of essays. However, they are essays rather than short stories and if you're looking for the latter this book is not for you.

Mike Byrne in "Beware of the Leopard", Cory Doctorow in "Wikipedia: A Genuine H2G2 - Minus the Editor, and Bruce Bethke in " The Secret Symbiosis: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Its Impact on Real Computer Science" talk about the impact that Hitchhiker's Guide has had on computer science, computer interface design, the internet as a communications media, and the impetus it was in starting many young people on a career in the sciences.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael Valdivielso on May 2, 2005
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The book covers tons of details, from how important food is to the series, to computer design, the meaning of life, the meaning of 42, Marvin's place in the universe, Vogon poetry and even British humor. At under 199 pages, this tiny book seems to cover a lot, but I feel they could have done so much more. There is so much to debate and think about when it comes to Adam's universe that this book barely peeled off the first layer of the massive tome. But maybe we should leave some mystery for future readers to find and enjoy on their own?

To list just SOME of the contributors whose work is within these pages we have Stephen Baxter, Susan Sizemore and Adam Roberts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathi on November 8, 2007
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Absolutely hilarious! Makes me want to listen to the radio broadcast all over again.
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By NJ on August 22, 2013
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Many of the essays in this nicely produced book are good. The pieces I would single out for particular praise are (in no particular order, or rather in the order in which these appear in the book) the ones by these authors: Mike Byrne; Cory Doctorow; Adam Roberts; and Vox Day (that last name being a pseudonym . .). Those essays illuminate Hitchhiker's and Adams and also aspects of the Whole Sort of General Mish-Mash. Sometimes they are funny, too.

PS: My copy of the book does not seem to show its publication date. But it does seem to be 2005, as the Amazon page says.
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These authors take you through the 5-book Trilogy (although they mostly focus on the first 3 books) in a series of essays. They are all light hearted, but some of them are more serious that others. It also includes a great interview of Douglas Adams from the 80s.

I had a lot of fun with the book and remembering my favorite scenes. The essays also helped me see different interpretations of the actions of the characters. I recommend it for the bookshelf of any H2G2 fan!
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