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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

by Douglas Adams

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1)

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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.
  1. 312
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency / The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (gandalf_grey)
  2. 2710
    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (ut.tecum.loquerer, coliemta)
    coliemta: One's more literary and the other more science-fiction-y, but they're both bizarre, hilarious and similar in feel. Most people who like one will enjoy the other.
  3. 173
    Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Good Omens is uneven in writing quality, but the flippant interactions between some of the angels and demons very much reminds me of Douglas Adams.
  4. 173
    The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut (girlunderglass, catfantastic)
    girlunderglass: before The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - more than 20 years before it - there was THIS book about space travel, time travel, and the "ultimate answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything". Adams certainly borrowed a lot from Vonnegut.
  5. 151
    The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : Science Fiction :: The Color of Magic : Fantasy
  6. 121
    Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor (Konran)
  7. 101
    Redshirts by John Scalzi (mcenroeucsb)
  8. 1711
    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Although Neverwhere and The Hitchhiker's Guide (THHG) are different genres (the first is urban fantasy, the second comic science-fiction) I felt there was a lot of similarity between the characters of Richard Mayhew (in Neverwhere) and Arthur Dent (in THHG). Both are a kind of everyman with whom the reader can identify and both embody a certain 'Britishness'. And they're both stonkingly good books by British authors.… (more)
  9. 127
    The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (Nikkles)
  10. 32
    John Dies at the End by David Wong (fundevogel)
  11. 10
    Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente (Cora-R)
  12. 21
    Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (SandraArdnas)
  13. 77
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (wvlibrarydude)
    wvlibrarydude: Satire and humor that will split your gut. Read if you want to laugh at humanity.
  14. 11
    The Sheriff of Yrnameer by Michael Rubens (MyriadBooks)
  15. 00
    The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith (fulner)
    fulner: Probability broach is the story of a 20th century PI who investigates a murder that stumbles him into a place that isn't quite what it appears to be. The broach is equivalent to a Stargate or a demonstrate traveling whale.
  16. 01
    Alles außer irdisch by Horst Evers (Camaho)
  17. 01
    Year Zero by Rob Reid (aethercowboy)
    aethercowboy: Year Zero is a humorous science fiction book that pokes liberal fun at the current state of music copyright, but also tells a hilarious story in the process about aliens obsessed with Earth music (except for North Korea).
  18. 01
    Martians, Go Home by Fredric Brown (fougny)
  19. 01
    Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams (Waldstein)
    Waldstein: Douglas Adams's true masterpiece, albeit one of non-fiction. Far wittier and more profound than The Guide.
  20. 01
    Doorways in the Sand by Roger Zelazny (WildMaggie)

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A silly book about other life in the galaxy and an explanation on how Earth is destroyed and rebuilt... and who ultimately ruled the galaxy.... Also the answer to the ultimate question.. if you enjoy strange humour, read it... ( )
  sjh4255 | May 4, 2021 |
It certainly read better than a Vogon's poetry! ( )
  Aetherson | Apr 26, 2021 |
I last read this in pre-LT days, so somewhere between 15 and 20 years ago. Even though much of it has become cultural touchstones, it still seems fresh and tremendously imaginative in both its SF and its humour. It deserves all the stars. ( )
1 vote Robertgreaves | Apr 18, 2021 |
Not a fan, find most of the humor over my head and didn't really enjoy the storyline. ( )
  Bookie379 | Apr 16, 2021 |
There exists a remarkable book in our universe with the words "Don't Panic" on the front cover printed in large friendly letters that was published in one of the corporations in Ursa Minor that no Earthling has ever heard of.

It's called The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and if you're out and about exploring the different planetery systems in the Milky Way you better bring a copy with you along with your handy dandy towel. No hitchhiker should be without the guide and their towel!

We follow Author Dent and his friend Ford Prefect on their adventures around the universe. They eventually meet up with the President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox and fly around in the amazing and wierdest ship ever made named the Heart of Gold. Throw in a depressed and near-suicidal robot named Marvin and the good times just keep on rolling in!

This is the 1st book in the trilogy of 5 books and Douglas Adams is the hilariously funny and sarcastic author of this gem. I loved it. It was awesome. So don't be a hoopy frood and make yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, insert the Babel Fish inside your ear, buy this book at your local galactic bookstore and immerse yourself in this quirky sci-fi adventure! ( )
  ProfessorEX | Apr 15, 2021 |
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Humorous science fiction novels have notoriously limited audiences; they tend to be full of ''in'' jokes understandable only to those who read everything from Jules Verne to Harlan Ellison. The ''Hitchhiker's Guide'' is a delightful exception, being written for anyone who can understand the thrill that might come to a crew of interstellar explorers who discover a mysterious planet, dead for five million years, and then hear on their ''sub etha'' radio a ghostly voice, hollow, reedy, insubstantial: ''Greetings to you. ... This is a recorded announcement, as I'm afraid we're all out at the moment. ...''
Excellent book. I couldn’t put the book down. You can join in the NovelStar writing contest right now until the end of May with a theme Werewolf. You can also publish your stories in NovelStar, just email our editors hardy@novelstar.top, joye@novelstar.top, or lena@novelstar.top.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Adams, Douglasprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, Russell TForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irineu da Costa, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jones, TerryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Markkula, PekkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Molnár, IstvánTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwarz, BenjaminTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stamp, RobbieAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tidholm, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wright, IanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
潤, 風見Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Don't Panic
for Jonny Brock and Clare Gorst
and all other Arlingtonians
for tea, sympathy, and a sofa
First words
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
The house stood on a slight rise just on the edge of the village.          (Chapter 1)
Don't Panic
If there's anything more important than my ego around here, I want it caught and shot now.
The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.
For thousands of years, the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across—which happened to be the Earth—where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.
Life! Don't talk to me about life.
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[Book 1 Only] "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is the title of the first in a series of novels (as well as the first in a series of radio dramas). The five works in the series are generally referred to as "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" or "The Hitchhiker Trilogy", as is the series of radio dramas. Though there are unabridged audio recordings of these works, the radio dramas are considerably different from the printed works. Eoin Colfer, of "Artemis Fowl" fame, contracted in 2008 to write the next volume of the "Trilogy." Do not combine it with the graphic novel adaptation.
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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.

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Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001.
Γυρίστε τον γαλαξία με ωτοστόπ / Douglas Adams · μετάφραση Δημήτρης Αρβανίτης. - 1η έκδ. - Αθήνα : Ars Longa, 1987. - 162σ. · 22x12.2εκ. - (Γυρίστε τον Γαλαξία με Ωτοστόπ · 1)
Γλώσσα πρωτοτύπου: αγγλικά
Τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1979
ISBN 978-960-6868-64-1 (Μαλακό εξώφυλλο) [Εξαντλημένο]
Haiku summary
Arthur's drab lifestyle
The answer is forty two
What is the question?

Wet, McKenna muttered
A curse up to God;
The clouds laughed.
Shall we hitchhike space?

Let's, for to stay here on Earth

Is mostly harmless.


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