The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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The intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent begin in the first volume of the 'trilogy of five', Douglas Adams' comedy sci-fi classic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

It's an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and his best friend has just announced that he's an alien. At this moment, they're hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed, in large friendly letters, with the words: DON'T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begun . . .

With exclusive bonus material from the Douglas Adams archives, and an introduction by former Doctor Who showrunner, Russell T Davies.

A new edition of the orginal Douglas Adams's mega-selling cult classic to celebrate 30 years with additional material and a foreword by Russell T Davies.

Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, 1980
Copyright Date: ©1979
ISBN: 9780330513081
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor


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Feb 12, 2019

Classic. A must read for any sci-fi fan.

Jan 12, 2019

This is a life handbook. Things I learned that I have carried with me to this day.
1. The answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42 and the reason why no answer ever truly makes sense - is because humans can't even really figure out what the question is.
2. Vogons write the worst poetry in the galaxy.
3. There's a great restaurant at the end of the universe.
4. MOST IMPORTANTLY - never go anywhere without a towel. This one has helped me on numerous occasions it is truly a versatile object.

Best Quote about the Towel
“…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it around your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 22, 2018

The first of a wildly funny SF (sort of) series, especially if you can read it in your head with a British accent. It is a clever satire on many aspects of human nature and history, with many scenes you won't ever forget. Arthur Dent discovers his friend Ford Prefect is an alien who is warning him about the impending destruction of Earth for a subspace bypass. It gets much weirder after that.

Note: after the beginning few scenes, the plots of the book, radio show, television show, and film begin to diverge in several ways. Adams has said that visual jokes, literary jokes, and audio jokes are sometimes quite different even if on the same subject; so each version had to have its own approach.

Dec 08, 2018

standing ovation! great travel guide.
"man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons

Dec 04, 2018

Just what I needed. A randomly funny, intelligently written science fiction. Love it!

Reading this in public will make people stare at you as you laugh helplessly.

JCLHeatherM Oct 14, 2018

This book is part of PBS' 'Great American Read' series and attempts to answer deep questions through humor and satire.

Aug 12, 2018

Witty and clever. Just up my alley!

Jul 31, 2018

This turns up a lot in pop culture so I was very curious but I was disappointed. I had a couple laugh out loud moments but most of the humour was pretty clunky and obvious. Humour is a subjective thing so you may like it, not my cup of tea though. It was definitely unique, haven't come across anything like it before.

SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2018

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favourite books of all time. The way Adams used language to bounce around ideas was inspired. Reading it now, you can tell it was written in a different time, but it still feels timeless (in a way more serious pop scifi like Star Trek can't really manage).

One of my favourite things about it is that the canonical first version is actually the radio show. The radio show isn't my favourite version, but it does free me up in thinking about adaptations of works to different media. It means I'm a lot more relaxed when a terrible movie is made from a book I love.

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Ford carried on counting quietly. This is about the most aggressive thing you can do to a computer, the equivalent of going up to a human being and saying, "Blood...blood...blood...blood..."

"We don't demand solid facts! What we demand is a total absence of solid facts. I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel!"

"The mice will see you now."

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Aug 23, 2015

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

Aug 23, 2015

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

Aug 23, 2015

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

Aug 23, 2015

“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

Aug 23, 2015

“Don't Panic.”

May 28, 2015

"And I demand that I am Vroomfondel!"

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Dec 18, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

Dec 18, 2012

Coarse Language: You will start convulsing and seizing and the fear implanted in your brain from this book will target the part of your brain that contains coarse language. you'll start cursing so badly that while you are speaking you'll swallow your tongue.


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Aug 22, 2015

The book opens with Arthur Dent is trying to keep his house from being demolished by the local council to make room for a highway bypass. Soon his friend Ford Prefect (who is in fact a researcher for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and posing as an out of work actor) arrives on the scene and tries to convince Arthur that Earth will be soon demolished in a similar way. Arthur and Ford stow away on an alien spaceship (the Vogons' in fact) and begin their fantastic journey throughout the galaxy.

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