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

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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. But it's still a disheartening peek into a promising but abruptly aborted future.
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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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Reviewed by Tasha Robinson on May 21 2002

For Adams fans, Salmon contains crucial insights into the man and enjoyable samplings of his insightful and ironically effortless-looking work. But it's still a disheartening peek into a promising but abruptly aborted future.

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