The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBook - 1980
- Hitchhiker series - #01
Dent, Arthur (Fictitious character) -- Fiction.
Interstellar travel -- Fiction.
Interplanetary voyages -- Fiction.
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[Adams] exhibits a terrific ability to twist quantum theory back on itself in such a way as to be hilarious and suspiciously plausible.
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!"
“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”
“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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THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (Pocket Books, $3.50) is entertaining, quirky and fun. The inaugural volume of the Hitchhikers series chases Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect across the Milky Way as they subvert the laws of physics on their seemingly outlaw quest to restore planet Earth. The real star of the show though, is the guidebook that dictates their adventures, aptly named THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY.
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.