- ‘A computer chattered to itself in alarm as it noticed an airlock open and close itself for no apparent reason.
This was because Reason was in fact out to lunch.’ (1979: 68)
- ‘The Heart of Gold fled on silently through the night of space, now on conventional photon drive. Its crew of four were will at ease knowing that they had bene brought together not of their own volition or by simple coincidence, but by some curious perversion of physics–as if relationships between people were susceptible to the same laws that governed the relationship between atoms and molecules.’ (1979: 93-4)
When reading about space:
- And all dared to do brave unknown terrors, to do mighty deeds, to boldly split infinitives that no man had split before–and thus was the Empire forged. (1979: 98)
- But so successful was this venture that Magrathea itself became the richest planet of all time and the rest of the Galaxy was reduced to abject poverty. And so the system broke down, the Empire collapsed, and a long sullen silence settled over a billion hungry worlds, disturbed only by the pen scratchings of scholars as they laboured into the night over smug little treatises on the value of a planned political economy. (1979: 98).
- The car shot forward straight into the circle of light, and suddenly Arthur had a fairly clear idea of what infinity looked like. (1979: 135)
— Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.