The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
New York : Harmony Books, 2004. 25th Aniversary facsimile edition. Hardcover. 215 pages ; 21 cm. $13.95 dust jacket. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!
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 bestseller 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, seconds 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 girlfriend, 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.
DOUGLAS ADAMS was born in Cambridge, England, and attended St. John's College at Cambridge University. After graduation he spent several years contributing material to radio and television shows, including "Monty Python." He has also worked as a hospital porter, barn builder, chicken shed-cleaner, bodyguard, and radio producer. He is not married, has no children, and does not live in Manhattan.
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