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The Salaxalans are an extraterrestial species in Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency books.


The Salaxalans were an extraterrestial species from Salaxala that existed four billion years ago, on the planet Salaxa. They were a technologically advanced race, responsible for creating the Electric Monk and a perfect Universal Translator that precluded the possibility of deception or obfuscation of meaning, the latter of which caused endless wars on the planet. A group of idealists declared that they would endeavour to leave the planet and start a new, better world elsewhere, to which many responded with ridicule; ultimately they were unsuccessful, as the ship stopped off on Earth for mineral supplies and a mistake caused by their engineer – who used an Electric Monk to irrationally believe the a proposed fix to a severed fuel line would work – caused their landing craft to explode, killing the Salaxalans.

The ghost of the Salaxian engineer roamed the Earth alone for four billion years, waiting to be able to undo his mistake. He related his tale to Samuel Taylor Coleridge under the influence of Laudanum; this became the basis for Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

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