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Infinite Improbability Drive

Infinite Improbability Drive was partially inspired by Douglas Adams's “The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.” It wasn’t meant as an illustration to the novel, but rather a tribute to the author’s uncanny fantasy and technological wit. Allegorically, the image portrays a way of travelling through time and space from one dimension or mental state to another. As the Improbability Drive reaches infinite improbability, it passes through every conceivable point in every conceivable universe almost simultaneously.

Here’s the description from the "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy": "The Infinite Improbability Drive is a wonderful new method of crossing interstellar distances in a few seconds; without all that tedious mucking about in hyperspace. In other words, you're never sure where you'll end up or even what species you'll be when you get there. It's therefore important to dress accordingly. The Infinite Improbability Drive was invented following research into finite improbability which was often used to break the ice at parties by making all the molecules in the hostess' undergarments leap one foot simultaneously to the left in accordance with the theory of indeterminacy. Many respectable physicists said they weren't going to stand for that sort of thing, partly because it was a debasement of science, but mostly because they didn't get invited to those sort of parties."

What an exciting way of travelling through space without the added benefit of wearisome jumping in and out of hyperspace, isn’t it? Unfortunately, there’s always a price to pay. Who knows where the stray giraffe will end up after his journey over the connecting bridge between the worlds, or is it a giraffe after all? And the steam engine flying by – can it be a greenhorn in an avid pursuit of life instead, lost in space and centuries? The peaceful undertone of this image whispers for the safe passage through the archway of probability, yet the screaming impossibility of what is going on is underlined by means of numerous metaphoric allusions of the picture.

(Title Rus) Бесконечные Формы Невероятности

Infinite Improbability Drive is 2D, 3D, photo manipulations, and photomontage interpolated with a 3D bridge, a train, and some interior renderings. Photoshop, 3ds max, Illustrator.
George Grie, April 2005
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