I’m new to Douglas Adams’ works.
References to THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY movie (2005) have whirled around in the background of my awareness, but when it was released, I was very much involved in that thing called life: first grandchild, wedding of the eldest, death of the maternal unit, perhaps a mid-life crisis (the purchase of a sports car was involved).
So I first became consciously aware of Douglas Adams only recently when I read in an Irish writers blog about how much he was missed.
At the same time, because I have a few Acorn videos, I’ve sat through promotions of the TV series, DIRK GENTLY,. It looked quirky. Quirky is good. So I watched the series on Amazon, fell in love with the mind of Douglas Adams, listened to Martin Freeman’s reading of THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE, and watched the HITCHHIKER’S movie.
This is what I’ve noticed about Douglas Adam’s writing: many of his scenes are recognizable from daily living. In RESTAURANT, there is a scene that sure looks like a collection of Hollywoodies and another scene that looks a lot like Las Vegas. My favorite quote is: “Who would want to blow up a publishing house?” (or words to that effect).
(I just love it when writers write about writing. It’s like their sending coded messages to writers who read.)
Anyway, even though his writing is in the genre of “comic science fiction,” Adams wrote pointed observations of the human condition. It seems that his genre gave him permission to escalate his satire. After all, it wasn’t about us anymore, it was about them.
Which brings me back to the quote. Funny because it is oh, so true.
My premise today is: It is by writing made-up stories that we have the power to excavate truth.
What say you, Mysteristas?
 A new version is in production by Netflix and BBC America for release in December 2016.