My Review of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide, #1)

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Humorous science fiction is not common, but it exists. This is perhaps the highest form of humorous SF, written by a an author for the Doctor Who television series. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (HTTG for short) began life as a radio series for the BBC, and then was taken to other media (including novels), where it began to mutate. Each time Adams adapted the work he made changes, though the basic plot does not change.

Arthur Dent, an Earthman, is protesting the destruction of house by the local council, who want to knock it down to construct a bypass. His friend Arthur Dent manages to pry him away long enough to to have a few drinks and reveal that the world is about to be destroyed. Dent knows this because he is in fact an alien, and the Earth is about to be destroyed to make way for an interstellar bypass. Dent is also a writer for a publication known as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and Dent knows knows to hitch a ride on passing starships, so they manage to get on the Vogon cruiser that is about to destroy the Earth for said bypass. And so the adventure begins. We learn very quickly that the Earth was initially constructed to be a giant supercomputer devoted to finding the ultimate answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, which turns out to be 42.

This is just a few of the things that happen within the early pages of this book, which in turn is the first in a series. But it is hilarious, and you should read it. Note that is you have seen the movie, that has its charms, but is no substitute. The original BBC radio series, however, is wonderful.

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