Basically, writing an absurdist scifi novel, clearly inspired by HHGTG and Douglas Adams. My book's plot is entirely my own, but there's one instance of parallel thinking, and it's a sentient elevator. Originally, it was dangerously close to Adams' elevator (and this was all before I started reading TRATEOTU), but I've since changed it up. It's now a sentient ship AI instead of just an elevator, and it can read minds (it often reads the minds of the ship's inhabitants, and steals their ideas before they can tell anyone about them). The first instance interaction the MC has with it is in an elevator, but that's just purely coincidence (and fits the story). I was thinking at the end, after my MC has finished his little space adventure, he'll get the brilliant idea of writing about his said adventures in space. A guide of sorts. A guide to the galaxy. The computer informs him that this guide he speaks of has already been written. By him, of course. He was inspired to write it after a young man by the name of Don or Doc, or something of that sort, once found his way onto the spaceship (and it's implied he stole he idea for himself). What are your thoughts on this? I'd like to make this little homage, but I definitely don't want the very nature of my novel being inspired by HHGTG to then be looked at as fanfic or a crappy impersonation because of it. I just think it'd be a fun way to pay homage.