I’ve read the first four books of H2G2 and I can safely say that they have been some of the best fiction I ever came across. It’s the kind of fiction that underlines its property of being fiction by so successfully parodying our own, not so fictional (?) reality while being irresistibly witty at the same time. In the words of the brilliant George Bernard Shaw:
“When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth.”
These days, probably because of my long hours of sitting around at home, I decided to start walking more. The thought came quickly, perhaps making me want to walk more in the first place: what’s better than walking with the company of some good auditory stimulation? In Denmark that is what got me into Spanish; what would I get into this time?
So I’ve been listening to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Radio Shows, which incidentally preluded and later inspired the books, having first been aired in 1978 on the BBC. I can tell you, it’s great fun. Each season – book consists of six half-hour episodes, so if you don’t feel like reading the books but still want a dose of Douglas Adams running in your veins, making your reality this much more realistically insane, you can’t miss them. Well, you can, obviously, but why would you want to?
Incidentally, the following track is used as the theme to the show and has become emblematic for the series/franchise itself. Douglas Adams wanted something that sounded sci-fi but also gave off an impression of travelling and hitch-hiking. What do you think? I think I can’t stop listening to it.