The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams
Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

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On Friday, May 11, 2001, the world mourned the untimely passing of Douglas Adams, beloved creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, dead of a heart attack at age forty-nine. Thankfully, in addition to a magnificent literary legacy—which includes seven novels and three co-authored works of nonfiction—Douglas left us something more. The book you are about to enjoy was rescued from his four computers, culled from an archive of chapters from his long-awaited novel-in-progress, as well as his short stories, speeches, articles, interviews, and letters.

In a way that none of his previous books could, The Salmon of Doubt provides the full, dazzling, laugh-out-loud experience of a journey through the galaxy as perceived by Douglas Adams. From a boy’s first love letter (to his favorite science fiction magazine) to the distinction of possessing a nose of heroic proportions; from climbing Kilimanjaro in a rhino costume to explaining why Americans can’t make a decent cup of tea; from lyrical tributes to the sublime pleasures found in music by Procol Harum, the Beatles, and Bach to the follies of his hopeless infatuation with technology; from fantastic, fictional forays into the private life of Genghis Khan to extended visits with Dirk Gently and Zaphod Beeblebrox: this is the vista from the elevated perch of one of the tallest, funniest, most brilliant, and most penetrating social critics and thinkers of our time.

Welcome to the wonderful mind of Douglas Adams.


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About Douglas Adams

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Douglas AdamsDouglas Adams was born in Cambridge, England in 1952. He has written for radio, television and theater and has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, radio producer, and script editor. His bestsellers include The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.
 
Published April 26, 2005 by Del Rey. 336 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The pieces here bounce with charm: Adams discourses on awaiting his favorite magazine at 12, his endless love affair with the Beatles, his curiously substantial nose that will not admit air, the refreshing shock of reading Richard Dawkins on evolution, dogs excitedly hurling themselves against wa...

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The Salmon of Doubt Douglas Adams Macmillan £16.99, pp299 When I was in publishing in the 1980s, hardly a season went by without some wonderful piece of gossip about the brilliant new book Douglas Adams was not writing.

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The Guardian

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The Salmon of Doubt Douglas Adams 336pp, Macmillan, £16.99 James Boswell was taken aback by Samuel Johnson's verdict on Gulliver's Travels: "When once you have thought of big men and little men, it is very easy to do all the rest."

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Publishers Weekly

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Two sketches—"The Private Life of Genghis Khan" and "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe"—from the Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book, 1986, are also here, as are 10 chapters from various versions of the title novel-in-progress.

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AV Club

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For Adams fans, Salmon contains crucial insights into the man and enjoyable samplings of his insightful and ironically effortless-looking work.

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Entertainment Weekly

When Adams died at age 49 last year, the world lost a very funny man who had single-handedly discovered the solution to the mysteries of life (see the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy).

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The Bookbag

Summary: Published after the death of Douglas Adams 'The Salmon of Doubt' lives up to the hype and expectations, but beware, it is not a further episode of 'The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy' even if the cover might suggest that it is.

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SF Site

Reading this book, the facts are inescapable: readers everywhere lost a great humorist, the environment lost an eloquent advocate, Jane Belson lost a husband and Polly Adams cruelly lost her daddy at a painfully young age.

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SF Site

Since this hardly is the making of a complete book, the editor added two of Adams's short stories and several autobiographical essays to the mix to produce a collection, with the long-awaited novel's title, which provides insight into Adams's life and concerns.

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