Douglas Adam’s Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy captivated my imagination many years ago. With my unavoidable interest in the unknown and Outer-space and in comedy too, I couldn’t put it down. Fast forward 20 years or so later. The essence of Adam’s creation has never really left me. While my Mars Opera has no direct relationship at all to the writings of the Guide, the Guide itself helped build a foundation or world viewpoint if you will, as to how I view the galactic space around us (a bit wack:-)). I have other strong influences that play a part too. Like the multitude of technical discussion I attend on things like anti-matter propulsion drives and other odd nuances of space-time travel, my time working at the NASA Glenn Research Center, and of course my attraction to anything that has blinky lights on it or otherwise appears very cool and inviting.
As a standalone effort, the Hitchhikers Guide has a very deep cult following. I’m part it:-). If you’re a fan of these types of things (or perhaps just drawn towards blinky lights like me), you may like my Mars Opera as well.
(other comical influences… South Park, Benny Hill, The Wiz, etc.., etc)