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This 6 Page Essay Compares/Summarizes The Works Of Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, And Douglas Adams.

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High Fantasy WritersOne common thread in all works of High Fantasy is the creation of a new world or worlds. This has been done by creating languages, modes of transportation, and different types of characters that are nonhuman. Additionally varied forms of animals have been created by the writers of high fantasy literature. Perhaps the most impressive High Fantasy creations are found in the works of Douglas Adams, Clive Staples Lewis, and John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Although they all write in the same genre, their writings and writing styles are enormously different.Douglas Adams is most famous for his "Hitchhikers Trilogy" which is a 5 book series. In this series, the main character known as Arthur Dent is taken away by his friend, Ford Perfect, whom he later finds out is from Betelgeuse, Perfect drags Arthur off the Earth and hitches a ride with one of the demolishing crafts that, to the disappointment of a few humans, destroys the Earth to make way for a Hyperspace Bypass. Through the rest of the series, the characters encounter very numerous and varying zany situations and in the end, all of the characters get back together on an Earth in a different dimension and they think that everything is back to normal when the Earth and all possible parallel Earths are destroyed, and everyone died happily ever after.In his series, Douglas Adams creates all different kinds of spaceships and ways to move them through the vast expanse of space. One ship is the Heart of Gold which is powered by the Infinite Improbability Drive. "It is apparently based on a particular perception of quantum theory, namely that although a particle may be most probably found in a particular place, such as close to the nucleus of an atom, there is a fantastically small probability of it being found a long way away, such as near another star. Thus if a body could be caused to become located at one of its improbable locations, it could travel from place to place without passing through the intervening space (or hyperspace, for that matter)." Another drive is the Bistromathic Drive it is explained in the book as "Bistromathics itself is simply a revolutionary new way of understanding the behavior of numbers. Just as Einstein observed that space was not an absolute but depended on the observer's movement in time, and that time was not an absolute, but depended on the observer's movement in space, so it is now realized that numbers are not absolute, but depend on the observer's movement in restaurants." "The first nonabsolute number is the number of people for whom the table is reserved. This will vary during the course of the first three telephone calls to the restaurant, and then bear no apparent relation to the number of people who actually turn up, or the number of people who subsequently join them after the show/match/party/gig, or to the number of people who leave when they see who else has shown up.The second nonabsolute number is the given time of arrival, which is now known...

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