The next thing that happened was a mind-mangling explosion of noise and light.

May 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm 6 comments

Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Posted by: John Martz

I have recovered from illness in time to complete and post this before the weekend is offically over.

It’s probably safe to say that this is a favourite part of the book for many people, particularly the inner monologue of the poor whale as it gains self-awareness and the ability to form new thoughts and ideas all within the short time it takes for it to plummet to its death.

Zaphod leapt out of his seat.

“Then what’s happened to the missiles?” he said.

A new and astounding image appeared in the mirrors.

“They would appear,” said Ford doubtfully, “to have turned into a bowl of petunias and a very surprised looking whale…”

It was my intention to introduce the Starship Heart of Gold into this illustration. But I have specific plans for how I want the ship to look, and it would have been all too distracting an image to include it here with the whale and the petunias. And the planet Magrathea, which I took liberties with and made purple instead of red, as it’s described in the book. So a simpler, stronger image it is.

I may need to rewind the book a few chapters for my next illustration in order to properly introduce the improbable Heart of Gold. Until then, here is that poor, poor whale.

And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like… ow… ound… round… ground! That’s it! That’s a good name — ground!

I wonder if it will be friends with me?

And the rest, after a sudden wet thud, was silence.


Entry filed under: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. NeoTeo  |  May 17, 2010 at 3:28 am

    Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Your various HHG illustrations are perfect backgrounds for my various devices and make me happy whenever i see them. Even on thursdays.

  • 2. eva  |  May 27, 2010 at 10:31 am

    ditto the above – this just replaced the babelfish picture on my phone! always makes me smile!

  • 3. isabellerogers  |  June 21, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Yes! Yes! Yes! I am a devotee to the Guide, and thus am happier than anyone could imagine with this. Now plastering it everywhere on my computer…

  • 4. nicolarowlands  |  July 10, 2010 at 3:08 am

    really nice! your work is awesome. just came across it.

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