Review of Young Zaphod Plays it Safe by Douglas Adams

18586183A typically wacky, entertaining story dealing with flying filing cabinets, lobsters (many…) and designer humans from Douglas Adams. As science fiction is wont to do, he takes various digs at “life as we know it”, but all in good humour. A fun read.

Given that I was expecting a story dealing with time travel, I was very disappointed to discover that it is not. This has nothing to do with the story itself, but everything to do with it’s selection for inclusion in The Time Traveller’s Almanac.

4/5 rating (but with a complaint about it NOT being about time travel.)

My fellow time travelling readers are:

Timothy C. Ward
Alesha Escobar
H.M. Jones
DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)


About Laurel C Kriegler

A born and bred South African, I was educated at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where I graduated with an Honours Degree (post-graduate) in Economics at the end of 2001. After spending several years gaining work experience in the UK, I returned to South Africa to get married. It was during the ensuing period that my pursuits of writing and editing took hold.
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3 Responses to Review of Young Zaphod Plays it Safe by Douglas Adams

  1. aleshaescobar says:

    Yes, at first I thought the time travel would be similar to what happened in “Death Ship” (which we read a few weeks ago), but there isn’t much time travel to be had in this one.


  2. Honestly, I would not catalog this is a “time-travel” story – at all. There have been stores where time-travel hasn’t been the focus, or just happens in the corner, but this was literally, time-travel hidden in a box in the corner of the closet. Very funny story, just not sure it belongs in this collection.


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