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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)

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ISBN13: 9780345418913
ISBN10: 0345418913
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Staff Pick

Parodying practically every well-worn sci-fi plot device in existence, Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has become a classic in its own right. A hapless hero with astonishing luck? Ill-tempered aliens hell-bent on destroying Earth? Pithy advice (e.g., "DON'T PANIC")? Check, check, and check — and so much more. Even non-sci-fi geeks will be charmed by this hilarious and endlessly entertaining read, with (of course) sequels following.
Recommended by Jen C., Powells.com

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Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of the The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out of work actor. Together this dynamic pair begin their journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide — "A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" — and a galaxy-full of fellow travellers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ball-point pens he has bought over the years.

Review:

"It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive." Washington Post

Review:

"The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves." School Library Journal

Review:

"[A] whimsical odyssey....Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy." Publisher's Weekly

Review:

"Adams is one of those rare treasures: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading." The Arizona Daily Star

Synopsis:

Don't leave Earth without this hilarious international bestseller about the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow...about the worst Thursday that ever happened and why the Universe is a lot safer if you bring a towel. Now a major motion picture.

About the Author

Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhikers Trilogy, including The Hitchhikers 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; and Mostly Harmless. His other works include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.

You can find more about Douglas Adam's life and works at douglasadams.com.

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psynoid, October 2, 2008 (view all comments by psynoid)
Arthur Dent was only trying to save his house from being wrecked not knowing that the same was about to happen to his home planet. He was saved by his friend Ford Prefect before being turned into hydrogen, but this was just the start of a hilarious trip as the 2 hitchhikers traverse around the universe with the galaxy president Zaphod Beeblebrox, his secretary Trillian, and a stolen battle ship.

I like the way the story unfolds, not unlike Terry Pratchett's style, only difference I see is that Pratchett's forte is fantasy, while Douglas Adams' work is science fiction -- a great satirist with the same sarcastic humor that would make you say to yourself "ow... that really hits the spot!".
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345418913
Author:
Adams, Douglas
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
Dent, arthur (fictitious character)
Subject:
Prefect, Ford (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Dent, Arthur (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
19970631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.24x5.56x.68 in. .53 lbs.

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Product details 208 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345418913 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Parodying practically every well-worn sci-fi plot device in existence, Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has become a classic in its own right. A hapless hero with astonishing luck? Ill-tempered aliens hell-bent on destroying Earth? Pithy advice (e.g., "DON'T PANIC")? Check, check, and check — and so much more. Even non-sci-fi geeks will be charmed by this hilarious and endlessly entertaining read, with (of course) sequels following.

"Review" by , "It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive."
"Review" by , "The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions."
"Review" by , "Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves."
"Review" by , "[A] whimsical odyssey....Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy."
"Review" by , "Adams is one of those rare treasures: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading."
"Synopsis" by , Don't leave Earth without this hilarious international bestseller about the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow...about the worst Thursday that ever happened and why the Universe is a lot safer if you bring a towel. Now a major motion picture.
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