Douglas Spencer (dougs) wrote,
Douglas Spencer

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HHG-related pleasing coincidence

A number of my readers are involved in some small way with ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, the official Hitch Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy appreciation society, an organisation for whom the number 42 is peculiarly significant. Four times a year, we collect several hundred copies of the society magazine from the printer, and spend a few hours putting them into envelopes, and sticking on address labels and stamps. This activity is delicately referred to as "stuffing".

A number of my readers have been following the story of scarlatti and me. Some of you have worked out what these numbers (46, 45, 44) are for. scarlatti, who is a ZZ9 member, asked me if I'd planned anything special for when I reached 42.

It was at this point that I spotted a pleasing coincidence.

"Those who study the complex interplay of cause and effect in the history of the universe say that this sort of thing is going on all the time, but that we are powerless to prevent it. 'It's just life,' they say."

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