And Another Thing… is the sixth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. The fifth H2G2 book didn’t end very happily, and Adams thought six was a better number for a series, but he died before another book could be written. The publishers commissioned the sixth book from Irish author of Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer, a fan of H2G2.
Douglas Adams left a lot of tools for Colfer to use in writing the next Hitchhiker’s book: an immortal who spends his days insulting people, animals that want to be eaten, Vogons, Agrajag, and even the thunder god Thor. Not to mention Adams’ view on religion, which is played out on the planet Nano where the ruler spends so much time interviewing gods and goddesses for the supreme position that all sorts of religions pop up, including the worship of cheese.
And Another Thing… is not a perfect replica of Adams’ writing. Even though Colfer uses original hH2G2 techniques like “Guide Notes,” he wrote the book purposely in his own style. It moves a little slower, and there is perhaps too much time spent on Zaphod trying to convince Thor to kill the immortal Wowbagger the Infinitely Prolonged who has now fallen in love with Zaphod’s ex Trillian. But ultimately, if you’ve ever wondered how Adams, who was prophetic in his writing about technology, would have interpreted our present-day tech, And Another Thing… does take a solid stab at it, with universe-wide equivalents to YouTube and eBay.
I do wonder if Colfer was implying that Arthur really is the Ruler of the Universe because he is similar to him in the hologram in the beginning, and then he winds up on a beach toward the end…and there’s a mention of a cat…
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