Sunday, 16 November 2008

And Another Thing . . .

Thus is the title of the sixth book in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 'trilogy'. It will be written by Eoin Colfer, who wrote the Artemis Fowl series, and has the backing of Adams' widow.

I must say, I'm very worried. The H2G2 movie was dreadful and I'm not sure Colfer can pull off the Hitchiker humour. Even Terry Pratchett would have been a better choice. I'm also a little jealous, because I'd always dreamed of writing the sixth book. Obviously I knew it would never happen, but that doesn't mean I have to accept it.

I'm curious to see how he's going to save the heroes from the Vogon Constructor Fleet at the end of Mostly Harmless. Of course, they could just hope the Vogons still have Dentrassi onboard and hitch a ride. Or Colfer could go the route of the fifth radio series, where the babel fish shift their hosts into an alternate dimension. However, I never bought that excuse either.

Only time will tell, I guess. But here's advance warning that I'll hate it. And complain. A lot.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Relevant Quotes

A financial system always devolves, without heavy government control, into a Mafia capitalism -- and a Mafia political system.

A self-regulating market turns human beings and the natural environment into commodities, a situation that ensures the destruction of both society and the natural environment.
-- Karl Polanyi

Think about it: they said providing healthcare for nine million children, perhaps costing six billion dollars a year, was too expensive, but there's evidently no sum of money large enough that will sate the Wall Street pigs.
-- Naomi Klein

We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers--thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams.
-- Peter Beagle