Released posthumously after Adams’s death, Salmon of Doubt was originally intended to be a Dirk Gently novel. The plot, set a few weeks after the events in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, involves Dirk Gently refusing to help find the missing half of a cat, receiving large amounts of money from an unknown client, and then flying to the United States.
Dirk pays a visit to Kate Schechter (who had first appeared in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul) and tells her that prior to the potential client, he had been so bored that he had started a habit of dialling his own phone number and discovered he’d answered his own calls. A faxed summary reprinted before the text mentions travelling “through the nasal membranes of a rhinoceros, to a distant future dominated by estate agents and heavily armed kangaroos”.
Adams admitted that while he originally planned on writing a third Dirk Gently book, the ideas which he had for it would have fit better into another Hitchhiker’s book: “A lot of the stuff which was originally in The Salmon of Doubt really wasn’t working”, and he planned on “salvaging some of the ideas that I couldn’t make work in a Dirk Gently framework and putting them in a Hitchhiker framework… and for old time’s sake I may call it The Salmon of Doubt.” He had expressed dissatisfaction with the fifth Hitchhiker book, Mostly Harmless, saying “People have said, quite rightly, that Mostly Harmless is a very bleak book. And it was a bleak book. I would love to finish Hitchhiker on a slightly more upbeat note, so five seems to be a wrong kind of number; six is a better kind of number.”
The book also consists largely of essays about technology and life experiences.
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