Life, the Universe, and EverythingeBook - 1982
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The universe is big enough and old enough to look after itself for a while
“My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.”
“He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.”
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Continuing off the ending of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are still stranded in time on pre-historic Earth. Luckily, Ford notices disturbances in the “space-time” wash and they are able to travel forward in time to a cricket game by catching a ride on a Chesterfield sofa. At the game, white robots suddenly appear and steal the Ashes (the burnt remains of a cricket stump). Slartibartfast is also at the cricket game and whisks Arthur and Ford away on his ship. He explains that the robots are from Krikkit and they need to be stopped from finding more pieces of the Wicket Gate lest they open the Slo-Time Envelope and cause the destruction of the Universe. Can Arthur and Ford save the Universe as they know it? What other crazy things will happen?
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