Heart of Gold (spaceship)

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Heart of Gold is a fictional spaceship in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

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S.S. Heart of Gold is the first prototype ship to successfully utilise the new revolutionary Infinite Improbability Drive. It is 150 metres long and has been represented in various shapes, but all of them being perfectly white and beautiful. In the original radio series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," no shape was specified. In the novel adapted from the first four episodes of the radio series, it was described as a sleek white running shoe. The TV series adaptation used this description as a starting place. Finally, in the most recent depiction in the 2005 movie, it is more spherical with a hole and two brake lights on the rear - this shape was derived from a teacup, based on the "brownian motion producer" that powers the Infinite Improbability Drive. It also features a mural around the hole which depicts the invention of the Drive. It was built as a secret government project on planet Damogran from where Zaphod Beeblebrox, the then-President of the Imperial Galactic Government, stole it at the launching ceremony.

The ship's cybernetics consist of a new generation of Sirius Cybernetics Corporation robots and computers (including Eddie the shipboard computer), some with the new Genuine People Personalities (GPP) feature.

In Life, the Universe and Everything, it is revealed that the core of the Improbability Drive is actually the Golden Bail of Prosperity, one of five items that forms the Wikkit Gate. The drive is subsequently stolen by the robots of Krikkit, but is later recovered by Zaphod Beeblebrox and reinstalled.

Image:Answer to Life.png The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
By Douglas Adams
Books: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy | The Restaurant at the End of the Universe | Life, the Universe and Everything | So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish | Mostly Harmless | Young Zaphod Plays it Safe | The Original Radio Scripts
Media: Radio series (Phases 1 & 2, Phases 3, 4 & 5) | TV series | Movie | Computer game
Characters: Arthur Dent | Ford Prefect | Zaphod Beeblebrox | Marvin | Trillian | Minor characters
Miscellanea: Races and Species | Places | The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything | Babel fish | Bistromathic drive | Cultural references | Heart of Gold | Infinidim Enterprises | Infinite Improbability Drive | International Phenomenon | Notable phrases | Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster | Point-of-view gun | Somebody Else's Problem field | Sirius Cybernetics Corporation | Starship Titanic | Total Perspective Vortex | Vogon poetry | Wikkit Gate | Other miscellanea