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Life, The Universe and Everything (1982)

by Douglas Adams

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Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (3)

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The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads--so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation. They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vicepresident of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the Universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox. How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert "universal" Armageddon and save life as we know it--and don't know it!… (more)
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    Year Zero by Rob Reid (Aula)
    Aula: Nick Carter (not the Backstreet Boy) is a copyright lawyer who's visited by aliens who claim that the earth is in danger of being destroyed due to the universal (literally) popularity of its music. Similar humor to Adams' novels, well-plotted, and well-written.
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A much stronger—and funnier—entry than the previous one. This one had a plot, even if it was a touch thin, but overall, I enjoyed the heck out of this one. It's also very obvious that Adams originally intended to end the series right here, instead of pushing on to the "trilogy in five parts" thing it ended up (if we don't count the non-Adams entry at the end).

Looking forward to the fourth part of this trilogy. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
The mystery of the falling 'bowl of petunias' solved at last.
In the beginning I found the book not as interesting as the previous books, but it makes up to it with a brilliant climax and ending. And of course you can't stop laughing while reading poor Arthur's situations and Marvin's depressing talks. ( )
  pinaki.s | Jul 12, 2021 |
An absolutely lovely read which keeps being relevant... probably for bloody ever, but particularly right now, going into not the bloody war mindset. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
First the Earth was blown up to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Now the inhabitants of the planet Krikkit are intent on collecting all of the elements that make up the Wikkit Gate, and so destroy the entire universe. The Krikkitmen are slightly Dalek-y in their desire to destroy all creatures who are not of Krikkit. The showdown for the universe unfolds, at least in part, at Lord’s Cricket Ground, with Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, and Zaphod Beeblebrox all playing roles. And Slartibartfast, of course. Can’t forget about him!

This is the third of the original Hitchhiker’s trilogy and actually began life as a Doctor Who story for Tom Baker called Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen (which James Goss has adapted into a novel). It’s a meandering story, which can either be a bug or a feature, depending on your mood or preference. I was more receptive to it this time around, but of course the original Hitchhiker’s Guide is always going to be the best ( )
  rabbitprincess | Jan 22, 2021 |
Just brilliant ( )
  aeceyton | Dec 26, 2020 |
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Adams delights in cosmic pratfalls, and if he sometimes loses track of his narrative, he more than makes up for it by confirming what many have suspected all along: "He learned to communicate with birds and discovered that their conversation was fantastically boring. It was all to do with wind speed, wingspans, power-to-weight ratios and a fair bit about berries."
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Douglas Adamsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Burton, JonathanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Canter, JonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cross, PeterCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeman, MartinNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Irineu da Costa, CarlosTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saarikivi, JukkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scutt, DavidCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Serra, LauraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thole, KarelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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[Book 3 Only] "Life, the Universe and Everything" is the title of the third in a series of novels (as well as the third in a series of radio dramas). All 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, wrote the sixth volume of the "Trilogy," And Another Thing ... (2009).
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The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads--so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation. They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vicepresident of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the Universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox. How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert "universal" Armageddon and save life as we know it--and don't know it!

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The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads–so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galazy; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert “universal” Armageddon and save life as we know it–and don’t know it!
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Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001.
Γυρίστε το γαλαξία με ωτοστόπ III : Η ζωή, το σύμπαν και τα πάντα / Douglas Adams · μετάφραση Δημήτρης Αρβανίτης. - 1η έκδ. - Αθήνα : Ars Longa, 1989. - 180σ. · 21.8x11.8εκ. - (Γυρίστε τον Γαλαξία με Ωτοστόπ · 3)
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Τίτλος πρωτοτύπου: Life, the Universe and Everything, 1982
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