The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Book - 1979
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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

How shall we begin?

This is the story of a book called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy --not an Earth book, never published on Earth and, until the terrible catastrophe occurred, never seen or even heard of by any Earthman. Nevertheless, a wholly remarkable book.


This is the story of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy , a number-one best seller in England, a weekly radio series with millions of fanatic listeners, and soon to be a television spectacle on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.


This is the story of Arthur Dent, who, secnds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, is plucked off the planet by his friend, Ford Prefect, who has been posing as an out-of-work actor for the last fifteen years but is really a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Together they begin a journey through the galaxy aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, with the words don't panic written on the front. ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have.")

In their travels they meet:
*Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch President of the Galaxy
*Trillian--Zaphod's girl friend, formerly Tricia McMillan, whom Arthur once tried to pick up at a cocktail party
*Marvin--a paranoid android, a brilliant but chronically depressed robot
*Veet Voojagig--former graduate student obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years

To find the answers to these burning questions: Why are we born? Why do we die? And why do we spend so much time in between wearing digital watches? read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . But remember . . . don't panic, and don't forget to bring a towel.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c1979.
ISBN: 9781400052929
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 215 p. ; 20 cm.


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Reading this in public will make people stare at you as you laugh helplessly.

JCLHeatherM Oct 14, 2018

This book is part of PBS' 'Great American Read' series and attempts to answer deep questions through humor and satire.

Aug 12, 2018

Witty and clever. Just up my alley!

Jul 31, 2018

This turns up a lot in pop culture so I was very curious but I was disappointed. I had a couple laugh out loud moments but most of the humour was pretty clunky and obvious. Humour is a subjective thing so you may like it, not my cup of tea though. It was definitely unique, haven't come across anything like it before.

SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2018

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favourite books of all time. The way Adams used language to bounce around ideas was inspired. Reading it now, you can tell it was written in a different time, but it still feels timeless (in a way more serious pop scifi like Star Trek can't really manage).

One of my favourite things about it is that the canonical first version is actually the radio show. The radio show isn't my favourite version, but it does free me up in thinking about adaptations of works to different media. It means I'm a lot more relaxed when a terrible movie is made from a book I love.

CRRL_MegRaymond Feb 26, 2018

Earth is set to be demolished for a galactic freeway. Arthur Dent, Earthling, is rescued from oblivion by an out-of-work actor named Ford Prefect. Or is he?

VickyP_KCMO Aug 04, 2017

Absolutely my favorite book of all time!
I remember listening to this as a child and imagining all the wonderful places and strange people you'd meet while traveling the galaxy. This is a highly entertaining and funny book. I would certainly recommend it to anyone with any sense of humor and ability to laugh.

Jun 19, 2017

Very goofy and silly, it was a really fun read for having the Earth blow up in the first couple chapters. I have no idea where the series is going but I'm excited to see where it leads.

Apr 12, 2017

Well, I've always heard that this book is unique. It definitely lives up to that. I would be able to say more about it if I'd actually understood more than half of it, but I guess I'll have to review the parts I mostly comprehended. :) First of all, my favorite parts were the wacky escapades and the ridiculous humor. Where else can you get the line, "I demand that I am Vroomfrondel!" The most famous part is probably the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Things make a lot more sense now . . .
The only caveat: some language. Hilarious!!

Feb 25, 2017

Is the content based on the original book or the movie?

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Ford carried on counting quietly. This is about the most aggressive thing you can do to a computer, the equivalent of going up to a human being and saying, "Blood...blood...blood...blood..."

"We don't demand solid facts! What we demand is a total absence of solid facts. I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel!"

"The mice will see you now."

This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.

Aug 23, 2015

“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”

Aug 23, 2015

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”

Aug 23, 2015

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

Aug 23, 2015

“Would it save you a lot of time if I just gave up and went mad now?”

Aug 23, 2015

“Don't Panic.”

May 28, 2015

"And I demand that I am Vroomfondel!"

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Dec 18, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

Dec 18, 2012

Coarse Language: You will start convulsing and seizing and the fear implanted in your brain from this book will target the part of your brain that contains coarse language. you'll start cursing so badly that while you are speaking you'll swallow your tongue.


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Aug 22, 2015

The book opens with Arthur Dent is trying to keep his house from being demolished by the local council to make room for a highway bypass. Soon his friend Ford Prefect (who is in fact a researcher for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and posing as an out of work actor) arrives on the scene and tries to convince Arthur that Earth will be soon demolished in a similar way. Arthur and Ford stow away on an alien spaceship (the Vogons' in fact) and begin their fantastic journey throughout the galaxy.

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