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Milliways: The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe

(excerpt from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams)

Milliways is built on the fragmented remains of an eventually ruined planet which is enclosed in a vast time bubble and projected forward in time to the precise moment of the End of the Universe. (Many would say this is impossible.)

Inside, guests take their places at tables and eat sumptuous meals while watching the whole of creation explode around them. (Many would say this is equally impossible.)

You can arrive for any sitting you like without prior reservation because you can book retrospectively, as it were, when you return to your own time. (Many would insist this is absolutely impossible.)

At the Restaurant you can meet and dine with a fascinating cross-section of the entire population of space and time. (This, it can be explained patiently, is also impossible.)

You can visit it as many times as you like and be sure of never meeting yourself, because of the embarrassment this usually causes. (According to the doubters, this is patently impossible, even if the rest were true, which it is not.)

All you have to do is deposit one penny in a savings account in your own era, and when you arrive at the End of Time the operation of compound interest means that the fabulous cost of your meal has been paid for. (Many claim that this is not merely impossible, but clearly insane.)

This is why the advertising executives of the star system of Bastablon came up with this slogan: “If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.”

Thanks to a notecard that was furtively placed in my hand by a pirate of dubious reputation, I visited Milliways and captured the picture above, shortly before finishing my Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. I don’t remember anything after that.

Here is that notecard. I do not know how long it has been circulating, I only just received it mere days ago. Do with it what you will:


Towel Day May 25th 2011

An open letter to all Sci fi aficionados, and sim owners, simians and sentients,

For the second year running my brother Ora and myself are putting out Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe from the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in celebration of all things Hitchhiker and in memory of the author Douglas Adams. Towel Day is near again.

This year we are hosted by Ora’s Hyrule sim in Afredo. Our build will only be out for the month of May, and it is intended to be completely without profit, this is just because we love the Guide, and we miss what light that Douglas Adams was to the world.

We want this to be a community project, so that all fans can join in the fun. We would like to invite anyone who wants to help us make this day special to be a part of the good tidings. To “share and enjoy,” as Mr. Adams would say. Brass tax is we need help. What kind of help? Glad you asked…..

We are looking for:
*Related freebies
*DJ’s and entertainers
*builders ( to help polish the place up)
*Help promoting
Help Promoting can be as simple is rezzing out soon to come one prim ad board and LM, and we will of course return the favor, we will of course be glad to shamelessly plug your sim or store XD
*we can also use ideas
*event planners- we have been tossing around the notion of having both a Vogon Poetry contest, and a “worst Dressed Sentient in the Galaxy contest,” People to help run these events, or maybe just prizes related or not to the guide would be hoopy.

Milliways is not yet listed, but will be in the next few days after we feel primary construction is done, Meanwhile feel free to come by and scope the digs, our “working LM” as follows:

I appreciate the time and consideration in reading all this jazz, and hope to hear from many of you. Feel free to IM me anytime, with questions, comments, concerns, or just to tell me off for dropping this notecard on you when you were not looking.

DarthVenger Blackheart

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Lori Alden Holuta lives between the cornfields of Mid-Michigan, where she grows vegetables and herbs when she’s not writing, editing, or playing games with a cat named Chives.

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