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A88027392 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Encyclopedia Galactica

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Bluebottle

Entry: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Encyclopedia Galactica - A88027392
Author: Bluebottle - U43530

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SashaQ - happysad

Fascinating! smiley - ok


A88027392 - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Encyclopedia Galactica

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SashaQ - happysad

It would be helpful if you could double check the HG Wells quote matches the original text, as there may be a few typos.

"Like the Encyclopaedia Galactica the Guide has" - Douglas's Encyclopaedia Galactica, or Asimov's?

What was the limitation on the size of HG Wells' Great Encyclopaedia? The limitation on Asimov's Encyclopedia Galactica is that it was to be as concise as possible?

The limitation on the Guide was "only a
limited amount of space in the book's microprocessors," rather than a strict wordcount that caused Ford's Entry to be edited down to one or two words.

Lessons for modern day encyclopaedias and Guides indeed - space and conciseness are valuable commodities smiley - ok This Entry is "germane to the issue at immediate hand" - thank you.


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Post 4

Bluebottle

Thank for reading through and commenting on this, I've made some changes.

With regards Wells, he really does write like that. For 500 pages. It is a very dry text. But 'seventeenth million' is as written in my (Corgi 1974) copy of 'The Shape of Things to Come'. If there are any other phrases you're querying then please ask, but I've double-checked and that is the way he wrote.

But since writing this while reading about Alfred Noyes I came across an anecdote about HG Wells when he was writing 'The Shape of Things To Come' which I can share with you, if you'd like?

With the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as you know there are different versions with slight changes. I generally go by the radio series, partly because it was the first to be written and so truer to Adams' original concept, but mainly because it was what I encountered first. In the radio show, the line about 'Mostly Harmless' is:
'Well there are a hundred billion stars in the galaxy and a limited amount of space in the book. And no one knew much about the Earth of course.' It doesn't mention 'microprocessors' so it seems odd to add them now.

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Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

>>The Encyclopaedia organisation, which centres upon Barcelona, with its seventeenth million active workers, is the Memory of Mankind.<<

I agree, this does look very odd. Perhaps you could add "[sic]" after "seventeenth" to show it's not your error? smiley - smiley

This is fascinating, and great Guide material. smiley - ta


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Post 6

Bluebottle

Thanks GB, I've made that tweak now.smiley - ok

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Galaxy Babe - eclectic editor

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SashaQ - happysad

Thanks for double-checking the quote against your version smiley - ok I had previously just found some random thing on the internet, so wasn't sure if it was paraphrasing, but today I found this version http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks03/0301391h.html that includes 'seventeen' and 'Encyclopaedic organization', too.

That's interesting about the radio series not including the word 'microprocessors' in its definition of 'space' while the book does. I still think 'space' does not imply 'wordcount', though - 'Mostly Harmless' takes up more space than eg 'It is OK' and no more space than 'Inconsequential' (I might be Marvin, but for me the conclusion still potentially comes across as being more about wordcounts in the h2g2.com Editorial Guidelines than about encyclopaedias, although the main body of the Entry is much clearer now, thanks).

The conclusion also doesn't seem quite right because the main body of the Entry explains Douglas Adams' 'encyclopaedic works' weren't all about where to get the best drinks. Difficult writing factually about fiction, and especially the 'trilogy in five parts' where its canon evolved with each iteration - on the one hand some civilisations use the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as "the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom", but on the other hand "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is simply a guide book"...

Good mention of HG Wells and the prediction of internet-based knowledge repositories smiley - ok Asimov posthumously mentioned "computerised connection with the [central] Galactic Library" - can you say a few words to indicate how the invention of the internet influenced him? I see Douglas talks about the internet in here A550955smiley - ok

I know very little about Alfred Noyes - do share the anecdote smiley - biggrin


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