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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 1/5 (Hitchhikers Guide 1) [Paperback]

Douglas Adams , Steve Leialoha
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1 Sep 2009 Hitchhikers Guide 1

Thirty years of celebrating the comic genius of Douglas Adams…

On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

It’s an ordinary Thursday lunchtime for Arthur Dent until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly afterwards to make way for a new hyperspace bypass and his best friend has just announced that he’s an alien. At this moment, they’re hurtling through space with nothing but their towels and an innocuous-looking book inscribed with the big, friendly words: DON’T PANIC.

The weekend has only just begun…

Volume one in the trilogy of five


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (1 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330508539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330508537
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick.

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The mega-cult-blockbuster-bestseller in a must-have cute hardback format. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Summer 2005 finally sees the release of THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY movie from Touchstone Pictures. Stars include Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent, Sam Rockwell as Zaphod Beeblebrox, Bill Nighy as Slartibartfast, supercool hip-hop artist Mos Def as Ford Prefect and the gorgeous Zooey Deschanel as Trillian. Completely new characters were developed specially for the film by Douglas Adams before his death and will be played by John Malkovich and Anna Chancellor. Pan's tie-in edition of this cult classic will include substantial extras from Executive Producer, Robbie Stamp: exclusive cast interviews, stories and photographs from the set. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
There is just one reason why The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was voted into the BBC's Top One Hundred Books list, and that is because it is simply brilliant. It is a work of science fiction, but the humour contained within the story is not only incredibly witty, but also unusual within its chosen genre. Be prepared to susend your disbelief however, as the series of adventures and coincidences encountered by the characters is nothing short of extrordinary.
The story follows a rather eccentric Englishman by the name of Arthur Dent, as one Thursday morning the Earth is demolished by a group of poetry-loving Vogons who want rid of the planet in order to make way for a Hyper-Spatial Express Route. This sets the scene for Arthur and his extra-terrestial friend, Ford, to journey through space and, amongst other things, come accross the two-headed, three-armed President of the Galaxy Zaphod Beeblebrox, his one-time girlfriend Trillian, and a paranoid android by the name of Marvin. There are many aspects of the book that contribute towards its status as a cult classic, but I believe primary among these is the way in which Douglas Adams manages to bring accross the personalities of the characters. "Arthur said coldly, 'We've met, haven't we Zaphod Beeblebrox - or should I say... Phil?'" Not only are they resonsible for some of the most amusing lines I have ever had the pleasure of reading, but upon finishing the book I felt a longing to become one of the crew upon the Heart of Gold ship the characters inhabit. Arthur is a particular favourite of mine, and the way in which he looks upon the current events of his life with such fascination is a great source of amusement.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful books, but a word of caution 16 Aug 2010
By Mel
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read these books many years ago. I watched the BBC TV series, and unfortunately also watched the movie released a couple of years ago.

The books are fabulous and always bring a smile to my face when I read them, or someone quotes them to me (something my boss seems to like doing a lot ;))

The word of caution relates to the product description currently showing at the top of this page.

"A one-volume edition of the four HITCH HIKER novels"

As of the time of writing this is not the case. Purchasing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Kindle Edition] will get you exactly that. You will not get The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, nor will you get either of the other two books that make up this quadrilogy.

While these books are most definitely worth their individual prices, this page is currently mis-advertising what is actually on offer. Amazon are aware of this (I emailed them to make sure of it, and am told they are now looking into it) and I'm sure in time the page will either be updated with the correct info or the quadrilogy version advertised will eventually be on sale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
The people who have read "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and those who are going to read it.
Arthur is having a horrible Thursday. And it get's worse! His friend Ford tells him the Earth is about to seize to exist! Ford takes Arthur out in space before the earth is destroyed by destructive aliens and there is the start of a crazy adventure that awaits them!
Ford turns out to be an alien too. But luckily for Arthur the both of them join up with another earthling Trillian and Fords cousin Zaphod, the ruler of the universe. They start off on a crazy trip around the world so that Ford can complete the dictionary "A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".
How can someone not want to follow along on their adventure? I was laughing my head off reading this book and it made me realize how silly the world really is!
Douglas Adams was a gymfreak. He even died on a gym bycicle (thosr you sit on in a gym and you don't go anywhere, you just tramp in order to get fitter) but still this man was a genious!
Don't be fooled by the absolutely stupid couvers of the book! Get over yourself and READ IT!
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So why is 42 the answer to the universe? 10 Dec 2003
By Darren Simons TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is the first in the series of hitchhiker guides which tell the story of Arthur Dent’s and the life altering events that cause him to become a hitchhiker around the universe. Arthur’s day has started badly when he’s told to vacate his house as it’s about to be knocked down to make way for a bypass being built. As it happens his day’s going to get worse as Earth also gets demolished to make way for an intergalactic bypass.
Rather than this being the end to what would be a very short book, Arthur manages to escape Earth at the last minute thanks to his friend Ford Prefect who much to Arthur’s disguise has in fact been writing reviews for the ultimate hitchhiker’s guide to the universe – and you thought Bill Bryson wrote about some odd places you’d never like to visit. Together they travel around the known universe meeting odd characters such as the two headed Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the rather miserable robot.
This was the first Douglas Adams story I read (and certainly the first I’d recommend as the others follow this one) and I cannot recommend it enough – the style of writing is quite unique and the level of Adams’s imagination is quite startling. In the science fiction world of what might happen in the future, there is something strangely logical about much of what Adams has imagined, and the utterly preposterous stuff is so well thought out to make it entertaining.
All in all, a highly enjoyable read – I cannot recommend this enough. As for the number 42, well, yes, this is the book which is where the idea of it being the answer to the universe came from. Read the book and you’ll know what I mean. If you’re thinking of buying this book, also check out the ultimate hitchhiker’s guide which contains all the main books from the hitchhiker series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good quirky humour
I'm probably a bit old for this (63) but I enjoyed the quirky humour of the story. I don't think I will be reading any more of the series in the near future though. Read more
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Published 17 days ago by shadowblade
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you DA
It's Hitchhikers what so it's good
Published 21 days ago by Baronbill
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my kind of read
Top marks for imagination of the author, but not my kind of read.
Published 26 days ago by neil ferrans
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Loved it, made me laugh out loud and was really entertaining :) You should probably read it or something so
Published 28 days ago by Madelaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
DON'T PANIC
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Reread this after having forgotten most of the original story. 42 forever.
Published 1 month ago by STEP Edinburgh
4.0 out of 5 stars very happy.
Very quiet car journeys with 3 kids age 10, 9 and 6. Apart from all the action blasting out the speekers of course, very happy.
Published 1 month ago by paula thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Everyone should read this book.
Published 1 month ago by DouglasGG
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maybe you had to be there but there is a reason this is still a classic
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