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11 July 2012 @ 11:31 am
Maxis_Taste dare #28: Fanon, Anyone?  
This is SEVERAL months after this dare is already over, but I didn't have time to post this when it was actually an active dare, and I had so much fun thinking up ideas that I couldn't resist.








So as a brief interlude from the Kirkegaards (who are chuggin' along as usual), let me present to you four Maxis sims as characters from the inimitable Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (the book, not the movie, because the movie did it wrong).





First up, Don Lothario as Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Adventurer, ex-hippie, good-timer (crook? quite possibly), manic self-publicist, terribly bad at personal relationships, often thought to be completely out to lunch. He is the ex-President of the galaxy. Nobody can quite explain how he became President, but everyone knows that the reason he is the ex-President is because he used his Presidential powers, a distracted bunch of journalists, and a well-timed stun bomb to steal the most technologically advanced spaceship in the Galaxy: the Heart of Gold.





"What do you think I am, completely without any moral whatsits, what are they called, those moral things?"
"Scruples?"
"Yes, those."





Zaphod’s gal Friday, Trillian, played by Nina Caliente, was born Tricia McMillan on a humble and frankly rather uninteresting bluish planet called Earth in a backwater sector of the galaxy. Beautiful, brilliant, and game for anything, she has degrees in math and astrophysics and was getting bored of her terrestrial existence when Zaphod picked her up at a party (his pick-up line “Hey, doll, is this guy boring you? Why don’t you talk to me instead? I’m from another planet” turned out to be not only effective, but entirely true) and rocketed her away toward frontiers unknown. She helped Zaphod steal the Heart of Gold and now travels with him on it. Her major services to the operation involve having a soothing voice, being able to calculate absurdly large numbers in her head, operating Eddie, the obsequious shipboard computer, and keeping Zaphod’s wild imagination within a few leagues of reality.





"Probability factor of one to one. We have normality. I repeat, we have normality. Anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem."





Ford Prefect (Ajay Loner) was originally a reporter for the bestselling book ever to come from the major publishing companies of Ursa Minor until he came to Earth for a week on a research assignment and got stuck there for fifteen years. Originally from a small planet in the vicinity of Beleguese, he and Zaphod raised hell, caused ruckuses, and generally pissed everybody off when they were kids.

"But that's not the point! The point is that I am now a perfectly safe penguin, and my colleague here is rapidly running out of limbs!"





And finally, poor ordinary John Burb plays Arthur Dent.
Arthur Dent was the most ordinary of ordinary Earthlings until he happened to be standing next to Ford, whom he’d always thought was from Guildford, rather than a star several light-years away, on the fateful day when the Earth was demolished by a particularly nasty race of alien civil-service bureaucrats in order to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. Ford hitched them a ride on the demolition spaceships, and after a few lucky escapes from certain death they too arrived on the Heart of Gold.

"This must be Thursday. I could never get the hang of Thursdays."





And as a bonus (because no Hitchhikers fanon would be complete without him), we have:
Marvin the Paranoid Android doesn’t think that anything is worth the effort, let alone providing your piddling Earthling brain with information, but if you must know, he is a prototype of the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation’s newest technology, Genuine People Personalities. They didn’t quite get the algorithms right with him, and subsequent models are considerably more cheerful, or as Marvin calls them, “insufferable.” Marvin would like you to know (not that you’d care) that he has a brain the size of a planet, yet the most complicated thing he is asked to do in a typical day is run errands and do arithmetic.

“Life? Don’t talk to me about life.”

 
 
 
Leonievoleste on July 11th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
Very, very awesome! I recently picked up the entire book series and read the first one. I love your interpretation! :D
nobody_at_all_6nobody_at_all_6 on July 11th, 2012 11:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've read everything Adams has ever written and love it all.

By the way, I don't think I mentioned this before, but I LOVE your magic town lots and I've downloaded all of 'em.