The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fandom is rather like the neverending party described in Life, The Universe, and Everything. The work began in the 1970s and the party is still going, attended by the descendents of the original fans.


Another thing that nobody made too much fuss about was that, against all probability, a sperm whale had suddenly been called into existence some miles above the surface of an alien planet. And since this is not a naturally tenable position for a whale, this innocent creature had very little time to come to terms with its identity as a whale before it had to come to terms with suddenly not being a whale any more.