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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Novel) Book By Douglas Adams (PDF-Book-Summary-Review-Online Reading-Download)

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first of six books in Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Hitchhike Comedy Science Fiction Trilogy. The novel is an adaptation of the first four parts of the Adams radio series of the same name. The novel was first published in London on October 12, 1979. It sold 250,000 copies in the first three months.

The name of the novel is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a fictional guide to hitchhikers (inspired by the Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe) written in the form of an encyclopedia.

Book Details
Originally published: October 12, 1979
Literary series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Genres: Novel, Humour, Science Fiction, Humorous Fiction, Science fiction comedy

Book Summary
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic highway, Arthur Dent is ripped off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, an investigator for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the past fifteen years, has been posing as an actor without a job.

Together, this dynamic pair begins a journey through space with the help of quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is the most useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy full of traveling companions: Zaphod Beeblebrox, the double-headed, former hippie president with three arms and totally out of the galaxy's lunch; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once in a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid robot, bright and chronically depressed; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the pens he bought over the years.

Book Review
Join Douglas Adams' hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid friend Ford Prefect, getting himself into horrible trouble and causing hilarious havoc. Dent is seized from Earth just before a cosmic construction team destroys the planet to build a highway. You will never read science fiction more fun; Adams is a master of clever satire, barbed wit, and comic dialogue. The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comic details and situations that invite reflection and resists multiple readings. A must-read for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British comedies as well.

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About The Author of The Book Douglas Adams
Douglas Noël Adams was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Hitchhiker's began on radio and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which sold more than fifteen million copies during his lifetime) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film that was completed after Adams' death. The series has also been adapted for live theatre using various scripts; the earliest such productions used material newly written by Adams. He was known to some fans as Bop Ad (after his illegible signature), or by his initials "DNA".

In addition to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who and served as Script Editor during the seventeenth season. His other written works include the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series. Adams also originated the idea for the computer game Starship Titanic, which was produced by a company that Adams co-founded, and adapted into a novel by Terry Jones. A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.

His fans and friends also knew Adams as an environmental activist and a lover of fast cars, cameras, the Macintosh computer, and other "techno gizmos".

Toward the end of his life, he was a sought-after lecturer on topics including technology and the environment.