The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first of 5 books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction”trilogy” by Douglas Adams (with the sixth written by Eoin Colfer). The book is an adaptation of the first 4 parts of Adams’ radio series of the same title. The novel was first printed in London on 12th October 1979. 250,000 copies were sold within the first three months.
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his pal Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised version of 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 start a journey by space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about essentially the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.”) and a galaxy full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the 2-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and completely out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to flirt withat a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, intelligent, and a chronically depressed robot; and Veet Voojagig, a former graduate pupil who’s obsessive about the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he purchased through the years.
Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why will we die? Why can we spend a lot time in between wearing digital watches? For all the solutions stick your thumb to the stars. And do not forget to carry a towel!
Listen to the rest of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy.”
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–The Boston Globe
“[A] WHIMSICAL ODYSSEY…Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious pleasure.”
Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Author: Douglas Adams
Read by: Stephen Fry
Length: 5 hrs and 51 minutes
Series: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Book 1
Launch Date: 28 April 2005
Publisher: Random House Audio