The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Book - 2005
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As the Earth is being demolished, human Arthur Dent and undercover alien researcher Ford Prefect hitch a ride on a passing spaceship. They travel the galaxy and encounter strange aliens and planets at every turn.
Publisher: London : Young Picador, 2005, c1979
ISBN: 9780330438957
0330438956
Branch Call Number: FIC Adams 3567
Characteristics: 217 p

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HelenaBeat
May 18, 2019

If you’ve spent anytime simply engaging in Pop Culture, then surely you’d have come across a reference or to to this story in the saga specifically.
“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Galaxy”, is a quick out of the way story to read that offers the equivalent of comedy as having been days and days of content. All just by being eloquently written!

The story of itself is in no way difficult to interpret; A ragtag group of intergalactic members having no clue as where to. Arthur and Ford being two members of Earth before having just been destroyed, are cast off into space by picking up a ride. Through their adventure of really just not trying to die, they make light of it and essentially make well of it. They meet others who are in search of the answer to The Question, and those people are honestly not the ones to be finding the answer of that. Yet it works, you may be lost in what’s going on but so are the characters. It’s almost as though the book itself is trying to tell you, “Yeah everything is pointless but who cares, we’re having fun and the universe can go off about it”.

All in all, it’s a great read if you want something to be a breeze and pick you up at the same time. The snappy dialogue and inquisitive descriptions will sure to make your day!

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TucsonKathryn
Mar 25, 2019

Very funny!

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ChrisMcMil
Mar 19, 2019

This is a unique and classic piece of SF-humour: almost a genre of its own and the source of many well-known quotes. If you like British humour you will love this series of stories (the absurdities are relentless). If you don’t care for it, please ignore this comment.

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Jzomberg
Feb 23, 2019

This book is awesome.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 12, 2019

Classic. A must read for any sci-fi fan.

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LaNomada01
Jan 12, 2019

This is a life handbook. Things I learned that I have carried with me to this day.
1. The answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42 and the reason why no answer ever truly makes sense - is because humans can't even really figure out what the question is.
2. Vogons write the worst poetry in the galaxy.
3. There's a great restaurant at the end of the universe.
4. MOST IMPORTANTLY - never go anywhere without a towel. This one has helped me on numerous occasions it is truly a versatile object.

Best Quote about the Towel
“…it has great practical value – you can wrap it around you for warmth as you bound across the cold moons of Jaglan Beta; you can lie on it on the brilliant marble-sanded beaches of Santraginus V, inhaling the heady sea vapors; you can sleep under it beneath the stars which shine so redly on the desert world of Kakrafoon; use it to sail a mini raft down the slow heavy river Moth; wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat; wrap it around your head to ward off noxious fumes or to avoid the gaze of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal (a mindbogglingly stupid animal, it assumes that if you can’t see it, it can’t see you – daft as a bush, but very, very ravenous); you can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough.”

IndyPL_SteveB Dec 22, 2018

The first of a wildly funny SF (sort of) series, especially if you can read it in your head with a British accent. It is a clever satire on many aspects of human nature and history, with many scenes you won't ever forget. Arthur Dent discovers his friend Ford Prefect is an alien who is warning him about the impending destruction of Earth for a subspace bypass. It gets much weirder after that.

Note: after the beginning few scenes, the plots of the book, radio show, television show, and film begin to diverge in several ways. Adams has said that visual jokes, literary jokes, and audio jokes are sometimes quite different even if on the same subject; so each version had to have its own approach.

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alexy93
Dec 08, 2018

standing ovation! great travel guide.
"man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man — for precisely the same reasons

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mehreenir
Dec 04, 2018

Just what I needed. A randomly funny, intelligently written science fiction. Love it!

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

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HelenaBeat
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May 09, 2019

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May 04, 2019

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Oct 05, 2017

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Aug 23, 2015

xzhang17 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Aug 16, 2015

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HelenaBeat
May 18, 2019

“Ford,” he said. “you’re turning into a penguin. Stop it.”

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.

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xzhang17
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.”

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xzhang17
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?”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so.”

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

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

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xzhang17
Aug 23, 2015

“Don't Panic.”

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benzelli
Dec 18, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: You will die from boredom

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benzelli
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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xzhang17
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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