Freeeooow!Young Zaphod Plays It Safe is a short Science Fiction story by Douglas Adams. Written between the fourth and fifth books of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series but set long before the beginning of the first, it features the character Zaphod Beeblebrox as a young man in charge of the Beeblebrox Salvage and Really Wild Stuff Corporation, conducting an expedition to the bottom of a remote alien ocean for the benefit of a group of shady suits from the Safety and Civil Reassurance Administration. Though they don't say much to Zaphod, preferring to keep the nature of their expedition a secret, it soon becomes clear that the suits are searching for a lost spacecraft, one that crashed into the ocean while holding top-secret and potentially deadly cargo. The story ends with another possible motive behind the demolition of the planet Earth by the Vogons.Actually a huge Author Tract and an unsubtle Take That aimed at Ronald Reagan, the story saves itself by being hysterical and full of vintage Adamsian wit.
— Zaphod (in a rare moment of eloquence)
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