HHGTTG Book 5 + e
Time, as has been observed by most observers, is stubbornly unidirectional; that is, until
you muck around with improbability drives, temporal warp fields, and a number of other wholly
uninteresting time-related phenomena. But even with those it seems time makes every effort to
go forward, so that it is indeed true that, "the show must go on," the Universe must end, and
planets must be demolished. Time, it seems, is determined to get on with it.
Unless, of course, you're Arthur Dent. Time, for him, never seems to end-even when there is
apparently no other option but to snuff it.
There are many reasons for this being the case, but not one of them is fully comprehended by
any single entity and these reasons therefore remain quite inexplicable.
It must then be taken as an axiom of the Universe that Arthur Dent will survive. Indeed,
Arthur Dent's ability to avoid the end of time is perhaps the very thing that keeps ending him
up in trouble. It is, in fact, this special and unique property of this otherwise non-unique
Earthman that brings us here.
Ford, how did we survive that?
Haven't a clue. (beat) Zaphod?
Why'd you say "Zaphod"?
Dunno, thought he might be here.
I am here-don't know how I got here though. Oh, whatever man
You know Arthur, it's best to just accept some things
Marvin!? How did you get here?
Just don't even ask
And where is here anyway? Why is it so dark?
The lights are probably off.
Nothing seems to have happened man
Pity. Usually works in Sci-Fi movies
There's a switch over here. You keep babbling and I'll flick it.
(the lights come on)
Quick, shut them off. I don't think I can handle the sight.
What? It's only a pile of mattresses.
Zem. And Zem. Enviously dead.