In questi giorni sto rileggendo THGTTG.
La versione "Ultimate" che ho preso la consiglio per due motivi: il primo è la prefazione di Neil Gaiman che traccia un profilo di Douglas Adams. Il secondo è la divertente introduzione che racconta sia come è nata l'idea della guida, sia come si è evoluta nel corso del tempo.
The idea for the title first cropped up while I was laying drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1971. Not particularly drunk, just the sort of drunk you get when you have a couple of stiff Goessers after not having eaten for two days straight, on account of being a penniless hitchhiker. We are talking about a mild inability to stand up.
I was traveling with a copy of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to Europe by Ken Walsh, a very battered copy that I had borrowed from someone. In fact, since this was 1971 and I still have the book, it must count as stolen by now. [...]
[...] when the stars came out it occurred to me that if only someone would write a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as well, then I for one would be off like a shot. Having had this thought I promptly fell asleep and forgot about it for about six years.
La storia della guida si rileva alquanto intricata:
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