Wednesday, March 25, 2015

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (BBC)

Pat Macpherson, Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven, Ashley Wells, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly
The greatest book ever: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (

UPDATE: (BBC Radio, March 15, 2015) Live broadcast of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," 2014. The book is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams (RIP). Originally a radio comedy broadcast on as 12 episodes on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, it was later adapted to other formats, and over several years it gradually became an international multi-media phenomenon. Adaptations have included stage shows, a "trilogy" of five books published between 1979 and 1992, a sixth novel penned by Eoin Colfer in 2009, a 1981 TV series, a 1984 computer game, and three series of three-part comic book adaptations of the first three novels published by DC Comics between 1993 and 1996.
(BBC Radio/HG2G) "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Fit the First 1.1 (see 1.2+ beyond).

The Hitchhiker's Guide
Don't panic. While the editors workout a post-non-apocalyptic dispute about the nomination of the new features editor, Wisdom Quarterly: American Buddhist Journal wishes its reader a fine experience through space, at least the local galaxy (Buddhist world-system within systems, countless worlds upon worlds, side by side like bubbles in space or the akashic aether).

Most English-speaking people have heard of this work, but few may realize that it began as a fantastical BBC Radio program that in many ways was better than the first book in the increasingly misnamed "trilogy."

Hitchhikers and hotheads, you should always know where your towel is (
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It is Douglas Adams' brilliant first attempt to blend comedy and sci-fi genres, but it ventures deeply into the true nature of life, the universe, and everything.

The epic story concerns a book, the Hitchhikers's Guide, "the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom" (like the Pali canon, Vedas, Sumerian Gilgamesh, Egyptian heiroglyphs, or those Bedouin stories and books). Its four protagonists involved in an unimaginable adventure are earthling Arthur Dent, alien friend and writer Ford Prefect, earthling love interest and astrophysicist Trillian (Trisha Macmillan), and former galactic president and runaway dissident Zaphod Beeblebrox.

It is more philosophical than formal philosophy, more spiritual than most spirituality, more scientific than that PBS show on astrophysics, or as Edie Brickell (and New Bohemians) would say:

The Path of Freedom (V. 1.1)
"I'm not aware of too many things
I know what I know, if you know what I mean
Philosophy is the talk on a cereal box
Religion is the smile on a dog 

I'm not aware of too many things
I know what I know,
if you know what I mean, doo'yeah
[Shove me] in the shallow waters
Before I get too deep
What I am is what I am
Are you what you are or what?

...I know what I know, if you know what I mean
Philosophy is a walk on the slippery rocks
Religion is a light in the fog...
You haven't lived until you've hitchhiked in sexy, Scandinavian, alien Russia (

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