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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1) (original 1979; edition 2005)

by Douglas Adams

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After Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspatial expressway, Arthur Dent begins to hitch-hike through space.
Title:The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
Authors:Douglas Adams
Info:Del Rey Books, Mass Market Paperback, 216 pages
Collections:Your library

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Author) (1979)

  1. 412
    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency / The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (gandalf_grey)
  2. 244
    Good Omens 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.
  3. 2911
    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.
  4. 202
    The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett (mcenroeucsb)
    mcenroeucsb: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy : Science Fiction :: The Color of Magic : Fantasy
  5. 194
    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.
  6. 131
    Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Grant Naylor (Konran)
  7. 131
    Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (mcenroeucsb)
  8. 148
    The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett (Nikkles)
  9. 61
    Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett (SandraArdnas)
  10. 1713
    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)
  11. 20
    Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Douglas Adams's true masterpiece, albeit one of non-fiction. Far wittier and more profound than The Guide.
  12. 43
    John Dies at the End by David Wong (fundevogel)
  13. 10
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    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.
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  16. 01
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    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).
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  19. 34
    The Wish List by Eoin Colfer (missmaddie)
    missmaddie: Follow the unlikely hero through a tongue-in-cheek, sci-fi adventure
  20. 89
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    wvlibrarydude: Satire and humor that will split your gut. Read if you want to laugh at humanity.

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Just as amazing the second time around! Humorous and unexpected with delightful characters and amusing twists and turns! ( )
  LaPhenix | Jul 8, 2024 |

Reading this is like being tucked into a warm bed and feeling absolutely comfortable.

A few favorite lines from this readthrough:

* "However, no one knew quite why it did this because it invariably delivered a cupful of liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea."

* ..."the recession came and we decided it would save a lot of bother if we just slept through it."

* "Ten million years of planning and work gone just like that. Ten million years, Earthman, can you conceive of that kind of time span? A galactic civilization could grow from a single worm five times over in that time. Gone." He paused. "Well, that's bureaucracy for you."

* "What does it matter? Science has achieved some wonderful things, of course, but I'd far rather be happy than right any day."

* "And I write novels!" chimed in the other cop. "Though I haven't had any of them published yet, so I better warn you, I'm in a meeeean mood!"

* "...an acute attack of no curiosity." ( )
  ThomasEB | Jul 4, 2024 |
Another classic that I had to read this year, finally. I have watched the movie many times, and have to say that it's one of the better adaptations I've seen. They took quite a bit from the book, and the book was such an enjoyable read I felt that watching the movie first didn't ruin the experience. This will definitely be a regular re-read. ( )
  merk_test3 | Jun 20, 2024 |
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite books. I was a freshman in high school when I first read it, and I've read the whole series a few times in the 20 years since.

The story isn't complicated, even though it's super original. Same goes for the characters. The humor is a bit random and silly, but clever. It's not for everyone, I imagine, but I laugh a lot while reading it.

I listened on audiobook this time, and the narrator, Stephen Fry, is great. ( )
  zeronetwo | May 14, 2024 |
I absolutely adore this book! ( )
  tootall77hc | May 9, 2024 |
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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. ...''

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Adams, DouglasAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davies, Russell TForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fry, StephenNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, Neilsecondary 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, KarelIllustratorsecondary 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
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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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This novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is the first novel of a series of novels, and the series has the same title.

The original version of this story is the first series (first broadcast 1978) of the radio programme written by Adams (the radio programme which also has the title "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"). For this 1979 novel by Adams, only the first four episodes of those six episodes were adapted.

Please 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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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 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 a 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 travelers: 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 ballpoint pens he bought over the years.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!
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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