Douglas Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy and its various sequels and incarnations. Adams manages to pack a comedy, profound sociological insight, visionary science fiction imagery and adventure into the same paragraph. Heck, sometimes even into the same sentence.
“Yes,” said Ford, “except… no! Wait a minute!” He suddenly lunged across the chamber at something behind Arthur’s line of vision. “What’s this switch?” he cried.
“What? Where?” cried Arthur, twisting round.
“No, I was only fooling,” said Ford, “we are going to die after all.”
“Why, what did she tell you?”
“I don’t know, I didn’t listen.”