Some of the most revolutionary new ideas come from spotting something old to leave out rather than thinking of something new to put in.

No private detective looks like a private detective. That’s one of the first rules of private detection.”
“But if no private detective looks like a private detective, how does a private detective know what it is he’s supposed not to look like? Seems to me there’s a problem there.

In fact there was only one species on the planet more intelligent than dolphins, and they spent a lot of their time in behavioral research laboratories running round inside wheels and conducting frighteningly elegant and subtle experiments on man.

Arthur checked himself into a small motel on the outskirts of town, and sat glumly on the bed, which was damp, and flipped through the little information brochure, which was also damp. It said that the planet of NowWhat had been named after the opening words of the first settlers to arrive there after struggling across light years of space to reach the furthest unexplored outreaches of the Galaxy. The main town was called OhWell.

Sorry, can I interrupt you a moment, Peter, and say that the sofa has just vanished.’ ‘So it has. Well, that’s one mystery less.

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