The citation about God's Final Message to His Creation is not literally
-- it comes from Chapter 40 of So long, and Thanks for All the Fish,
the fourth book of the trilogy in five parts "The Hitch
Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams (1952-2001).
For those interested, the relevant part of the
text of that Chapter follows below.
There remains little still to tell.
Beyond what used to be known as the Limitless Lightfields of
Flanux until the Grey Binding Fiefdoms of Saxaquine were
discovered lying behind them, lie the Grey Binding Fiefdoms of
Saxaquine. Within the Grey Binding Fiefdoms of Saxaquine lies the
star named Zarss, around which orbits the planet Preliumtarn in
which is the land of Sevorbeupstry, and it was to the land of
Sevorbeupstry that Arthur and Fenchurch came at last, a little
tired by the journey.
And in the land of Sevorbeupstry, they came to the Great Red
Plain of Rars, which was bounded on the South side by the
Quentulus Quazgar Mountains, on the further side of which,
according to the dying words of Prak, they would find in thirty-
foot-high letters of fire God's Final Message to His Creation.
According to Prak, if Arthur's memory saved him right, the place
was guarded by the Lajestic Vantrashell of Lob, and so, after a
manner, it proved to be. He was a little man in a strange hat and
he sold them a ticket.
"Keep to the left, please," he said, "keep to the left," and
hurried on past them on a little scooter.
They realized they were not the first to pass that way, for the
path that led around the left of the Great Plain was well-worn
and dotted with booths. At one they bought a box of fudge, which
had been baked in an oven in a cave in the mountain, which was
heated by the fire of the letters that formed God's Final Message
to His Creation. At another they bought some postcards. The
letters had been blurred with an airbrush, "so as not to spoil
the Big Surprise!" it said on the reverse.
"Do you know what the message is?" they asked the wizened little
lady in the booth.
"Oh yes," she piped cheerily, "oh yes!"
She waved them on.
.... skipping a bit ....
They rounded the foot of the Quentulus Quazgar Mountains, and
there was the Message written in blazing letters along the crest
of the Mountain. There was a little observation vantage point
with a rail built along the top of a large rock facing it, from
which you could get a good view. It had a little pay-telescope
for looking at the letters in detail, but no one would ever use
it because the letters burned with the divine brilliance of the
heavens and would, if seen through a telescope, have severely
damaged the retina and optic nerve.
They gazed at God's Final Message in wonderment, and were slowly
and ineffably filled with a great sense of peace, and of final
and complete understanding.
Fenchurch sighed. "Yes," she said, "that was it."
They had been staring at it for fully ten minutes before they
became aware that Marvin, hanging between their shoulders, was in
difficulties. The robot could no longer lift his head, had not
read the message. They lifted his head, but he complained that
his vision circuits had almost gone.
They found a coin and helped him to the telescope. He complained
and insulted them, but they helped him look at each individual
letter in turn, The first letter was a "w", the second an "e".
Then there was a gap. An "a" followed, then a "p", an "o" and an
Marvin paused for a rest.
After a few moments they resumed and let him see the "o", the
"g", the "i", the "s" and the "e".
The next two words were "for" and "the". The last one was a long
one, and Marvin needed another rest before he could tackle it.
It started with an "i", then "n" then a "c". Next came an "o" and
an "n", followed by a "v", an "e", another "n" and an "i".
After a final pause, Marvin gathered his strength for the last
He read the "e", the "n", the "c" and at last the final "e", and
staggered back into their arms.
"I think," he murmured at last, from deep within his corroding
rattling thorax, "I feel good about it."
The lights went out in his eyes for absolutely the very last time
Luckily, there was a stall nearby where you could rent scooters
from guys with green wings.
The five books of the Hitch Hiker's Guide trilogy are:
Interesting background information on these works and their origin can be
found in the book Don't panic -- Douglas Adams and The Hitch Hiker's
Guid to the Galaxy by Neil Gaiman (1987, 1993)
- The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)
- Life, The Universe and Everyting (1982)
- So long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)
- Mostly Harmless (1992)
There is certainly a lot about Douglas Noel Adams (1952-2001) and his Hitch
Hiker's Guide on the Web and can be found easily with search engines, or
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