6 Ideas and concepts that the So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish corresponds with other films and TV series

So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish is the fourth book in the five-book series of The Hitchhiker’s Guild to the Galaxy. In this book Arthur Dent returns to Earth only to discover that Earth is interacted, however all the dolphins went missing.

  1. Rick and Morty Season 1 Episode 6

In the season 1 episode 6 of Rick and Morty, Rick destroyed the entire world by releasing a virus and turning everyone into monsters. At the very end of the episode Rick and Morty come to another dimension as a replacement of their original dimension. In the So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish, after Earth’s destruction the dolphins (which are actually super intelligent extraterrestrial beings) finds another Earth from an alternative dimension to replace the Earth where they were on.

  1. Lucy

The 2014 film Lucy by Scarlett Johansson talks about would happen if one fully exploits her brain. By unlocking different parts of the brain, what is now considered unnatural powers would come in place. The similar concepts are mentioned in the novel So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish as well, where one could fly into the sky by mastering utilizing part of the brain.

  1. Blade Runner

The Blade Runner series depicts a world where the robots are disposable, despite that they have self-awareness and high intelligence. This eventually leads a robot named Roy and few other’s rebellions. In the novel the So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish the robot Marvin hated the protagonist Arthur Dent for making him performing simple tasks like opening a door, and sending him back in time for so many times that itself is older than the universe. Another similarity between Marvin and Roy is that at the very end of both works, they both forgave the humans before they eventually die.

  1. Interstellar

Interstellar was famous for all its concept about science, one of states that time would different on different planets, an hour on one planet means seven years on Earth. As Arthur traveled through space and time for over nine of his biological years, Earth has only passed a few months after his departure nine years ago.

  1. Star Wars prequel

Even though the main idea of entire Star Wars series is about galactically wars between the bright side and the dark side, there are still subtle clues and concepts that connects the two cultural work. One of the most obvious one is the space metropolises and interstellar interactions between different aliens. The Star Wars prequel gave the audience a brief idea of how the pre-war republic and other planets looks like. The description is similar towards the cities in So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish where planets rule by different civilizations know each other existence and have interactions.

  1. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD season 2

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) SHIELD is an organization that tries to study paranormal activities and containing them from the public. During season two of Agents of SHIELD the agents encountered a new group of superhuman-the inhuman. SHIELD agents struggled to understand the inhuman’s power, while the inhumans fully understands the agents for they have been studying SHIELD for years. In the novel the So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish humans has been studying dolphins for decades, but completely not aware of the fact that dolphins are far more intelligent extraterritorial beings that has been studying humanity for centuries.

 

 

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Life, Universe and Everything: The Story of a Superhero

The science fiction novel Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams is the third book in a five-book series called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. In this book Author the Earthman and his friend try to prevent the Kirkkit from demolishing the entire galaxy, during their journey they encountered many new challenges and old comrades. In Author Dent’s storyline there are many similarities towards the origin stories of superheroes like Spiderman.

In the beginning of the novel Author and his companion Ford Perfect has been stranded in prehistorical Earth, where both of them hated their current situation, but are powerless to change it. The Author used words and phrases like “nightmare”, “terrible lonely isolation” and even “futurelessness” to describe their situation. This is much like the beginning of Spiderman where his uncle was shot. Which Peter Parker (Spiderman) has no powers of bring him back to life. For Author Dent there were no solution for them to get off or time jump out off prehistorical Earth due to the technology difficulties.

Later on an unique opportunity came for Author and Ford where a time eddy opened up and brought them back to modern day Earth. This is the part where the superhero was given a second chance either by gaining superpower or being recruited into a secret institute. Either way the hero is satisfied with the improvement much like author did “Arthur felt happy. He was terribly pleased that the day was for once working out so much according to the plan” (16, Adams). A second chance was given to Author, which shortly after they got out of the time eddy, Author encountered his major challenge in this novel. Much like a superhero meeting his or her archenemy. In the Spiderman series Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider which gave him the ability to become Spiderman, thus giving him a chance to set things right and help others. Shortly after Peter became the Spiderman he met his first mortal enemy, Green Goblin.

And lastly in the end of the novel Author became stronger and acquired powers that one would normally wouldn’t possess. For example, “throwing himself up and missing the ground”, which in other words flying. This is the part where the protagonist in a superhero story has overcame the challenge and became stronger. After the first few battles between Spiderman and his major enemies, Peter Parker had a better understanding of his ability and became stronger.

In conclusion, in the third book of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy of series is about how one of the protagonist Author Dent becoming a superhero.

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A Gruesome Death

What is the saddest ending for a parent? It’s not they dead in some awful scene, but their child end up in a horrible death. Looking at his child grew up and end up dead in a gun fight. I wrote the last part of Ordeal by Cheque, where Lawrence’s son dead.

Warning: The story contains disturbing and violent discretions.

Lawrence Sr. raced his way to the Hollywood Hospital, it was raining heavily, rain water rushed down the windshield in front of his car. Just one month after his son got off from his charges, he got back with the Italian Mafia again. As Lawrence Sr. was barely pulling himself together and struggling towards the hospital, his son Lawrence Jr. laid on the surgery table suffering from multiple gun wounds.

 

Mr. Exeter rammed open the emergence room’s door. He could barely recognize the man in front of him. He has been on to the battlefield of Somme, but none of the soldiers there has been wounded this badly before. Part of his son’s left skull was blast off, showing an oval shaped eye ball, the eye was barely attached to the head. There’s a column of bullet holes on his son’s chest, tiny streams blood still flows out of it like rivers on a map, it was clearly made by a Thompson in a moving car. His belly was ripped open by a shot gun blast as well, showing his guts and part of his snow white ribs. But worst them of all, the entire right side of Lawrence Jr.’s body was badly burnt, coal black crust skin cracked open showing red flesh under. It was the burn where one could only find in a well-cooked beef steak. Mr. Exeter felt an extreme internal pain in his stomach, as if he was shot in the guts as well. He’s eyes were dark and empty, staring hollowly at the celling above him.

“I…I’ll get you the best do…doctor in town,” Lawrence Sr. stumbled, while two gigantic tears rowed down his eyes, “You’ll be fine.” But he knew it was a lie.

 

Ten days have passed even Dr. David McCoy, the best surgery doctor in the entire West Coast, couldn’t do anything about it. Lawrence Jr. passed away on that afternoon. As he started writing the check for Dr. McCoy, Mr. Exeter wrote “Lawrence Exeter Sr.” like he did in the past 28 years. Then he froze and started crying. First it was silent tears, but soon it turned into a tsunami of tears. He cried and cried, hollering like baby. By the time other has found him, he passed out and laid in the pool of his own tears.

 

The atmosphere of the morgue was dense, Lawrence found himself having problem to breath. A sense of guilt haunted him ever since the day at the hospital. It was him who didn’t be there for him in his crucial years. It was the kids in his school hooked him up with the Mafias with the powerful drug lord Tony Spagoni. And he didn’t stop his own son from getting too deep, because he was too busy fighting a war on the other side of the world. As the fire inside the crematorium grew stronger, the sense of guilt burnt strong in Lawrence Exeter’s stomach. Till the point where he was definitely sure it has burnt a hole in his stomach.

At last he said quietly, “He doesn’t deserve this.”

 

 

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Disposing a Body: A Reinterpretation of a Poe Passage.

The author of the story of The Tale Tell Heart, Poe, used a first person point of view in this story. Though this first person point of view the reader viewed the story from the eyes of a madman. However, the story could be quit confusing to interpret and understand when the story is told while having too many hyphens and phrases like “ha! ha!”. Through the third person limited point of view the reader could still know what the madman was think while having a better grip of the story itself.

 

The night waned as the madman dragged ice cold body of the old man across the floor, and into the bathroom. It was impossible to be silenced, but the man work as quietly has he can. He used a bone saw instead of an axe to dissemble the body. Clever, he thought, no man could hear the sound of me cutting off head. The bone saw squeaked as it cut through the spine inside the neck. The deep red liquid drained down into the tub like a cataract. He cut off the head, the two arms and the old man’s two legs from the body.

After the hard labor he teared up three planks from the bedroom chamber. He then carried the bloody body part out of the bathroom and across the bedroom, he threw all the part into the hole on the floor. The body fits perfectly. The madman placed the three planks back, and moped the floor, so that there were no blood stains anywhere in the bedroom. He then washed down the blood and pieces of flesh in the tub down the sink. Now, not even a hawk’s eye could find anything wrong within the house, how smart am I? The madman thought as he cleaned up the last scene of struggle.

Just as he put back the bed back in place there was a ring of the doorbell, and a knock followed by it. The madman looked towards the clock, it was four o’clock. Who would appear in front of the doorsteps in the middle of the night? The man asked himself, as a little bit of fear grew inside of him. But, then again, what should I be afraid of, I’ve cleaned up all the mess, no human eyes could detect anything. The man assured himself. He opened the door and saw a three officers standing in front of the doorway.

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The Struggle of Poverty

Would you give up if no one payed any attention to your dream?

In The novel The Absolutely true dairy of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie create a setting that shapes who the protagonist is– a character who struggles with his life. One of the struggles Indians face is that they have all given up “because nobody payed attention to them” (Alexie 11). This is also shown in page 42 during the conversation between Junior and Mr. P, the author writes, “the only thing you kids are being thought is how to give up”(42). The author shows that the Indians have all gave up on their dream and they do not have any hope left. All they have got is poverty.In the novel the author keeps mentioning words like “poor” and “poverty” and “homeless” to emphasis  the fact that how poor the whole reservation is. The sense of poverty is being mentioned in the beginning of the novel, when the protagonist is introducing himself to the reader: “I am really just a poor-ass reservation kid living with his poor-ass family on the poor-ass Spokane Indian Reservation”(7). Based on everything above what we can learn is that the setting has given the character a very poor place to live, everyone in that area suffers from poverty. Also we can learn what the conflicts are in this story, which are human vs. society and human vs. self. The human vs. society conflict is the protagonist fighting against poverty, and the human vs. self conflict is the fact that unlike others Junior still has hope and trying to decide if he should stay in the reservation or not.

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No Time For Dinner? Use Time Travel!

The rising action and climax of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams, is not the adventure of Zaphod on Forgstar B. The real rising action and climax is where the author introduced his own concept of time travel and making the characters jumping from one place in time to another.

The author first introduced this concept when Zaphod has commanded the computer to take to the nearest place to eat. However instead of lunching off the ground of Forgstar B, the ship time jumped into the future where the universe is about to end. In that time period there is a restaurant built on the remaining fragment of Forgstar B. In another word, the ship didn’t move at all, it traveled into the future, and there is the Restaurant at the End of the Universe built on the exact same spot where the spaceship was.

I created a postcard, in order to show the rising action and the concept of time travel. In the back there is the ruins of Forgstar B, the whole planet is a bit blurry and transparent, because it is in the past. And there is a fragment from the planet that has a golden building on it, that is the restaurant. The restaurant is shaped like a golden starfish “the Restaurant resembles a giant glittering starfish beached on a forgotten rock.” (Adams 102). The fragment which the restaurant is on is very solid; it represents that it is in the future. The words “The most evil place in the Universe” means the old Forgstar B (before the restaurant was built), in those ruins of past civilization lies that machine that can messed with people mind; telling them how small they are, “‘The Total Perspective Vortex is the only thing on this planet with any function… the whole infinite Universe. The infinite suns, the infinite distances between them and yourself an invisible dot on an invisible dot, infinitely small!’” (73). No one can walk out it in one piece, that’s why it is call The most evil place in the Universe (I have no idea why the author didn’t use evilest instead of “most evil”).

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The Greatest Problem Of Time Travel Is Not Changing History

Apart from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the theme for The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams has changed quite a lot. In this book Adams has add the element of time travel into the book, thus changing the theme into “don’t worries too much about one thing, because it can sort itself out at the end.”

“One of the major problems encountered in time travel is not … about changing the course of history— the course of history does not change because it all fits together like a jigsaw. All the important changes have happened before the things they were supposed to change and it all sorts itself out in the end.” (Adams 98). In this part the author talks about the severe problems of time travel, he states that changing history is not a big deal, because it all works out fine at last. However, real problem is the word tense. Changing the course of the history has always been the concern and focus of time travel in science fiction, because most people thinks that all the event in the history fits perfectly together, changing one will affect all the historical events after that, because of the Butterfly Effect. Instead of following the old thinking, Adams has come up with the claim and his own theory that changing one event does not affect any history at all. From this he is trying to tell us that worrying about one particular thing might be purely useless, because that thing might not affect anything, on the contrast some small matters that you always ignore might be the real problem (like grammar).

“‘I told it to take us to the nearest place to eat and it sends us to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Remind me to be nice to it one day.’” (104). From the beginning of the book Zaphod and the others are trying to find the Restaurant at the End of the Universe to eat, during the process they has get themselves into a lot troubles. When they’ve almost forgot about the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the computer has send them to that place, after Zaphod commanded it to take them into the nearest restaurant. After their furious searching for this place they came out empty, but by an unintentional command they have came to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe. Turns out the Restaurant at the End of the Universe is built on the remain of Forgstar B (which is where Zaphod commanded the computer to take the to the nearest restaurant), and the ship time jumped into the future where the universe is about to end, so it did send them to the nearest restaurant in distance. From this we can tell that them have achieved one of their ultimate goals in this book unintentionally.

In a nutshell, what Douglas Adams is trying to tell us though The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is that don’t struggle on one specific thing too much, because you might just have achieved it unintentionally.

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The possibility for impossibility to happen

Funny, entertaining and humorous that is the whole mood of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy written by Douglas Adams. It might seem that this book is just very simple and does not has any theme in it. However, the fact is that there are a lot of themes in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I think the biggest theme in the story is “have an open mind, things could happen even if it seems impossible.”

In the book the protagonists were riding a spaceship that were driven by impossibility. Which the ship was powered by calculating the improbability for things to happen, like a room full of infinite numbers of monkeys that were writing script for Helmet. “‘Arthur!’ he said, ‘This is fantastic! We’ve been picked up by a ship powered the Infinite Improbability Drive! This is incredible! I heard rumors about it before! They were all officially denied, but they must have done it!’” (Adams 85) In the book Ford has thought that the ship of impossibility is impossible to build, however, he got a lift by that ship. This thing seems impossible to happen that a spaceship rescued Ford and Author in the dark vacuum space, just seconds before they die, and that spaceship is the ship were driven by impossibility.

Besides the ship there are a lot more surprising and funny moments that is almost impossible to happen. For example, at the end of the book when the cops were about to kill Arthur and his friends, the computer that is controlling the oxygen for the cops suddenly committed suicide. As a result, all the cops died out. “‘I only have to talk to somebody and they begin to hate me. Even robots hate me.’… ‘I got very bored and depressed, so I went and plugged myself in its external computer feed. I talked to the computer at great length and explained my view of the Universe to it,’ … ‘It committed suicide,’” (214). These words all comes from a robot named Marvin. He is aboard the “Heart of Gold”, which is the spaceship powered by impossibility, with Arthur and others. Marvin is actually a very small character in this book, his role in this book is to be funny; to refresh the reader from time to time. It is very hard for the readers to expect him to be the guy who have saved everyone at the end (especially when he hasn’t showed up for five chapters).

To sum up, though out The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy there are a lot funny moments that seems impossible to happen. I think what Douglas Adams is trying to tell us with his humorous novel is that we should have an open mind, because things could happen even if it seems impossible to happen.

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House been destroyed for highway construction

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In a split of second Earth has disappear into the thin vacuum of space, to make space for a space high way. That’s what happened at the beginning of the book and there are a lot more ridicules things happened in this book.

There are a lot of conflicts happened during the rising action and climax of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. In the beginning of the story the main character has do deal with the emotion that he is the one of the last survivors of Earth and the fact that Earth is been destroyed to make way for a galaxy highway “Every Bogart movie has wiped, he said to himself, and that gave him a nasty knock. McDonald’s, he thought. There is no longer any such thing as a McDonald’s hamburger. He passed out. When he came round a second later he found he was sobbing for his mother” (Adams, 61). In my front cover the background was a view of the stars that can be observed in London (that’s where the story begins). Normally in this view the person could also see the horizon as well as the night sky, but, the there is only the night sky in the picture meaning that the Earth is destroy.

However, there’s another Earth at sight that’s the climax of the story where Arthur discovers that Earth is nothing but a super computer. The medal at the back of the cover signals that billions of years ago the rats has built a super computer to calculate the meaning of the universe, but the only answer they got was the answer 42. As a result, they thought that they didn’t have the right question, so they built another super organic computer to think of the right question (which is Earth and people). “‘You know,’ said Arthur thoughtfully, ‘all these ex-plains a lot of things. All though my life I’ve had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going in in the world, something big, even sinister, and no one would tell me what it was’” (192).

The hitchhiker’s bag at the back cover that severs as a background, shows that is a book for hitchhikers this reflex the title of the book. I tried to make my book cover looks more old-fashioned because this book was published in 1979.

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American Revolution Journal

American Revolution

Here is the story that I wrote about a patriot named Hiawatha Bolton who has fought in the American Revolution.

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