Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic by Terry JonesDouglas Adams's Starship Titanic by Terry Jones

Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic

byTerry Jones

Paperback | October 8, 1998

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Arguably the greatest collaboration in the whole history of comedy!

Bestselling author Douglas Adams wrote the storyline based on his CD-ROM game of the same name (as this novel, not as him, obviously).

Terry Jones of Monty Python wrote the book. In the nude! Parents be warned! Most of the words in this book were written by a naked man!

So. You want to argue with that? All right, we give in.

Starship Titanic is the greatest, most fabulous, most technologically advanced interstellar cruise line ever built. It is like a cross between the Queen Mary, the Chrysler Building, Tutankhamen's tomb, and Venice. Furthermore, it cannot possibly go wrong. . . .

Sadly, however, seconds after its launch it undergoes SMEF, or Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure. And disappears.

Except, everything's got to be somewhere.

Coming home that night, on a little known planet called Earth, Dan and Lucy Gibson find something very large and very, very shiny sticking into their house. . .
Terry Jones is one of the original creators of Monty Python's Flying Circus. He is also a film and television director, a scriptwriter, a medieval scholar, and author of various children's books, including the award-winning The Saga of Erik the Viking and (with Michael Palin) Dr. Fegg's Encyclopedia of All World Knowledge. He lives in ...
Title:Douglas Adams's Starship TitanicFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.53 inPublished:October 8, 1998Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345368436

ISBN - 13:9780345368430

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthwhile! The idea for this book is purely Adams but was written by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame I believe. Its a good read but lacks the Adams charm in some parts - worthwhile for any Hitchhikers fan, a good read nonetheless. If you need a Douglas fix then go for the 'Complete HHG" and read the additional story "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe" very enjoyable story. If you don't know yet, get ready for March 15 Towel Day and celebrate Douglas's genius.
Date published: 2009-01-14

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None of them could have told you how long the attack went on for, but it seemed like several lifetimes to the three figures huddled on the Captain's Bridge. The noise, the vibration, the crashing and bucking of the giant Starship went on and on. . . .When it was all over, they waited and then stood up, trembling and shaking. The first wave was returning to the main fleet; meanwhile, a second wave was peeling off."Here they come again!" yelled Dan, and he and Lucy ducked down once more beneath the console. But The Journalist remained standing, with a curious expression on his face.Lucy and Dan braced themselves for the gunfire . . . but it didn't come. Instead there was an odd "rather unmartial" banging on the hull of the ship."Yassaccans!" muttered The Journalist. Both Lucy and Dan assumed this was another alien expletive and remained under cover, but then The Journalist nudged Dan and said: "Look!"Dan cautiously put his head above the console and peered out of the window: the second wave of spaceships had pulled up all around the Starship, and an army of short and stocky spacesuited figures were swarming over the hull, hammering and welding as they went."What the blazes?" asked Dan."They're repairing the damage," explained The Journalist. "Yassaccans are like that! They hate injuring hardware!"Meanwhile the voice boomed out over the loudspeakers again: "We shall recommence our attack as soon as the first damage has been repaired! If you do not surrender, we shall board and dispose of everyone we find!"From the Hardcover edition.

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Best-selling author Douglas Adams--the creator of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series--and former Monty Python madman Terry Jones team up in Douglas Adams’s Starship Titanic, the literary follow up to his CD-ROM game of the same name. The result is a madcap intergalactic romp tracing the whereabouts of the most technologically advanced interstellar cruise liner ever built. Designed to take whatever the universe could throw at it, the ship disappears upon launch. Meanwhile, on a little planet called Earth, Dan and Lucy Gibson come home late one night to find something very big and very shiny stuck to the side of their house…

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