History Literature / SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish

10th Jun '16 12:15:37 AM Morgenthaler
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'''''So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish''''' is the fourth installment in the [[TrilogyCreep increasingly inaccurately-named]] ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' trilogy; it's set eight years since the beginning of the first book, but the amount of time that has passed between the end of the third, ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', and the beginning of this one is not made clear. The plot concerns series protagonist Arthur Dent, who is ''very'' surprised to discover that his homeworld, planet Earth, seems to have suddenly sprung back into existence even though the alien Vogons destroyed it eight years ago to make way for an interstellar bypass.

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'''''So ''So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish''''' Fish'' is the fourth installment in the [[TrilogyCreep increasingly inaccurately-named]] ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' trilogy; it's set eight years since the beginning of the first book, but the amount of time that has passed between the end of the third, ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', and the beginning of this one is not made clear. The plot concerns series protagonist Arthur Dent, who is ''very'' surprised to discover that his homeworld, planet Earth, seems to have suddenly sprung back into existence even though the alien Vogons destroyed it eight years ago to make way for an interstellar bypass.
10th Jun '16 12:15:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* CreatorBreakdown: Adams devotes one entire chapter to how fed up he is with people asking him about Arthur Dent's sex life. With a bit of a dig at people who kept saying, while he was writing this book, "You should put a Zaphod bit in here", by sarcastically concluding that those who ''aren't'' interested in Arthur's sex life should skip to the end, which has Marvin in it. Though an "entire chapter" doesn't mean all that much, since there are quite a few one-page chapters in the series. There is even a chapter in this book that consists of an entire three sentences.
13th Apr '16 8:08:35 PM CassandraLeo
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* DemocracyIsFlawed: "On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people, if they didn't vote for a lizard, the wrong lizard might get in." Though one could argue this is more of an argument against first-past-the-post voting than against democracy in general. (There’s a name in political science for the principle that first-past-the-post voting leads to people voting strategically for the “lesser of two evils”: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duverger's_law Duverger’s Law]]).

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* DemocracyIsFlawed: "On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people, if they didn't vote for a lizard, the wrong lizard might get in." Though one could argue this is more of an argument against first-past-the-post voting than against democracy in general. (There’s a name in political science for the principle that first-past-the-post voting leads to people voting strategically for the “lesser of two evils”: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duverger's_law org/wiki/Duverger%27s_law Duverger’s Law]]).
13th Apr '16 8:07:39 PM CassandraLeo
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* DemocracyIsBad: "On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people, if they didn't vote for a lizard, the wrong lizard might get in." Though one could argue this is more of an argument against first-past-the-post voting than against democracy in general.

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* DemocracyIsBad: DemocracyIsFlawed: "On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people, if they didn't vote for a lizard, the wrong lizard might get in." Though one could argue this is more of an argument against first-past-the-post voting than against democracy in general. (There’s a name in political science for the principle that first-past-the-post voting leads to people voting strategically for the “lesser of two evils”: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duverger's_law Duverger’s Law]]).
17th Mar '16 2:53:19 PM margdean56
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* LoveBeforeFirstSight: In that Arthur falls in love with Fenchurch while she's asleep, so he had had ''seen'' her, but he had not met her.

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* LoveBeforeFirstSight: In that Arthur falls in love with Fenchurch while she's asleep, so he had had ''seen'' her, but he had not met her.
22nd Aug '15 7:09:12 PM JMQwilleran
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* BegoneBribe: Rob [=McKenna=] (see Perpetual Storm below), uses this to great effect. He is able to make a good living getting resorts and such to pay him to ''not'' visit them.
10th Jul '15 1:44:06 AM DeepRed
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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle

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* IntentionallyAwkwardTitleIntentionallyAwkwardTitle: Although it's one that's entered the popular lexicon.
22nd Dec '14 6:56:01 AM 06tele
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* CosmicPlaything: Not just Arthur Dent this time but Rob McKenna, the trucker who is a rain god and has absolutely no idea. All he knew was that he constantly had a literal rain cloud over his head. And had catalogued two hundred and thirty-one separate types of rain. The clouds loved him and want to be near him, but he didn't see it that way. After Arthur suggests he show his journal of all the rain (mainly to get the creepy trucker to stop telling ''him'' about it), he ''does''. As a result, according to Murray Bost-Henson, his status as a rain attractor apparently becomes recognized internationally, and several nations (namely those who rely on pleasant weather to attract tourists) and major airports paid him to stay away at all times.

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* CosmicPlaything: Not just Arthur Dent this time but Rob McKenna, [=McKenna=], the trucker who is a rain god and has absolutely no idea. All he knew was that he constantly had a literal rain cloud over his head. And had catalogued two hundred and thirty-one separate types of rain. The clouds loved him and want to be near him, but he didn't see it that way. After Arthur suggests he show his journal of all the rain (mainly to get the creepy trucker to stop telling ''him'' about it), he ''does''. As a result, according to Murray Bost-Henson, his status as a rain attractor apparently becomes recognized internationally, and several nations (namely those who rely on pleasant weather to attract tourists) and major airports paid him to stay away at all times.
17th Sep '14 7:37:27 AM paranoia222
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* WayPastTheExpirationDate: Arthur returns to his home after years in space, and eats "the three least green furry things" in the fridge for breakfast.

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* WayPastTheExpirationDate: Arthur returns to his home after years in space, and eats "the three least green furry things" in the fridge for breakfast. It's noted that, fortunately, this killed several diseases he was carrying that might have wiped out all life on Earth.
17th Sep '14 7:21:28 AM paranoia222
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* CosmicPlaything: Not just Arthur Dent this time but Rob McKenna, the trucker who is a rain god and has absolutely no idea. All he knew was that he constantly had a literal rain cloud over his head. And had catalogued two hundred and thirty-one separate types of rain. The clouds loved him and want to be near him, but he didn't see it that way. According the Murray Bost-Henson his status as a rain attractor is apparently recognized internationally, as several nations and major airports paid him to stay away at all times.

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* CosmicPlaything: Not just Arthur Dent this time but Rob McKenna, the trucker who is a rain god and has absolutely no idea. All he knew was that he constantly had a literal rain cloud over his head. And had catalogued two hundred and thirty-one separate types of rain. The clouds loved him and want to be near him, but he didn't see it that way. According After Arthur suggests he show his journal of all the rain (mainly to get the creepy trucker to stop telling ''him'' about it), he ''does''. As a result, according to Murray Bost-Henson Bost-Henson, his status as a rain attractor is apparently becomes recognized internationally, as and several nations (namely those who rely on pleasant weather to attract tourists) and major airports paid him to stay away at all times.
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