"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams
The end of the world
Anthony Baldini Progress report #3 Theme
The Heart of Gold
This incident not only pushes the entire story into motion, but helps to show how everything changes. Even the most static thing in the lives of so many was simply brushed aside in a few moments. It shows how nothing is constant and everything is truly so much more insignificant than it seems. Not even the ground beneath their feet was truly stable.
The Heart of Gold was a spaceship that allowed a lot of normally impossible things to happen using a new piece of technology. It changed the basis of logic itself and played an important role in the story. It further destabilized the view of the universe as a static and well defined place.
This Planet built other planets for very high prices. Eventually it was shut down for 5 million years. It was later believed to only exist in legend, but was eventually discovered. This was not only very surprising in general, but the fact that there existed the ability to manufacture planets changed the way that the universe seemed to work yet again.
Eventually they discover that Earth was actually built in order to function as a supercomputer. It was meant to provide the Ultimate Question, the question of life, the universe, and everything. It was destroyed before it finished, so another one was going to be built. They eventually discovered that it was mice that had commissioned its construction. This was really another surprising change in the foundation of everything they believed.