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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Book Overview: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

It's an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur's best friend has just announced that he's an alien.

After that, things get much, much worse.

With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily the fish is quite good at languages. And the book is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . . . which helpfully has the words DON'T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover.

Douglas Adams's mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Now, if you could only figure out the question. . . .

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon."--The Washington Post Book World

SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES - Now celebrating the pivotal 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!

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

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PublisherDel ReyDel ReyDel Rey
Publication Date20051997-06-232021-05-04
EditionMass Paperback EditionReissueIllustrated
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Douglas Adams was an extraordinary English author, widely recognized for his innovative wit and remarkable multi-dimensional thinking. Born on March 11, 1952, in Cambridge, England, he skyrocketed to international fame with his groundbreaking science-fiction comedy series, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Although fundamentally a humorist, Adams's work was far from light-hearted; it presented a unique blend of satire, philosophy, and astute social critique exemplified in his critically acclaimed novels. Adams began his writing career honing his craft at the renowned Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club, leading him to scriptwriting for BBC Radio shows. It was here "The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" first took form as a radio comedy in 1978 before morphing into a book, selling over 15 million copies worldwide and being translated into more than 35 languages. Adams also made a significant impact on the worlds of technology and environmental conservation, with the creation of the interactive fiction video game "Starship Titanic" and his vigorous efforts towards wildlife preservation, simultaneously manifesting his diverse interests. Douglas Adams tragically passed away on May 11, 2001, leaving an undeniable mark on literature and beyond. His humorous yet insightful look at life, technology, and the universe continues to inspire and amuse readers, leaving us with the iconic phrase: "Don't Panic." Adams' myriad contributions to literature and society at large affirm his status as one of the most influential authors of the late 20th century.


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