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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhikers 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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Product Details

  • Series: The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • Paperback: 784 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (March 8, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330492047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330492041
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bryan MacLeod on March 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
We have all read incredibly moving, life-shaping books, books that challenge your spirit and your intellect to achieve new heights, books written by men and women of deeper thought than anything us mortals could hope to attain...
And then there are these great books by Douglas Adams that let you tell all those thinkers to get stuffed, stop taking themselves so seriously and just enjoy life in all its wonders.
For anyone that has travelled, really travelled, who loves life, who really loves life, and enjoys a good laugh, these books are for you. Put Monty Python, The Far Side, David Suzuki, an English dictionary and chocolate (for flavour) into a blender and you have something nasty, but not entirely unlike the humour in these wonderful books.
Dive in. And above all: Don't Panic.
And to see just what a wonderful thinker Douglas Adams actually was, read his posthumous collection "The Salmon of Doubt" which is an excellent and thought provoking (but not in a snooty way) read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Georgia on September 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm going to warn you all now- this is going to be an immensely long review. There are 6 (or 5-we'll get to that later) books after all.

So a little background to start with. The Hitchhiker's series started out as a BBC radio show written by Douglas Adams. The broadcast was so popular that Pan Books commissioned Adams to create a book equivalent (published on the 12th of October, 1979), which immediately became a #1 best seller.

Through the years the media forms increased, through more books, tv series and a couple of films.

And for those wondering, the Hitchhiker's book was named after the 'Hitchhiker's Guide to Europe' that Adams was carrying when backpacking. The idea for the actual series formed when Adams was drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria. He then passed out and forgot about it for 6 years.

There are 6 (again we will go into that later) books in the series:

1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
3. Life, the Universe and Everything
4. So Long and Thanks For All the Fish
5. Mostly Harmless

6. And Another Thing...

Instead of doing individual reviews for each book, I'm going to do a more general review of the series. So let's get into it then.

Our main character is Arthur Dent, who is pretty much your "Average Joe" and is cynical, but has a good heart. He is our vessel of discovery. It is through him that we first view Space and all the crazy things that happen in it. When things are explained to him, we learn through his revelations. He is also amazingly unlucky and never seems to be able to catch a break.

Having Arthur as someone we can relate to is a key element in the series.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This omnibus publishing of the Hitchhikers Quartet contains the first four books of the Hitchhikers Trilogy, considered the only true Trilogy by many purists. The series starts with the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, then continues with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything and rounds out with So Long and Thanks For All the Fish. This is considered me many the core of the Guide's story, and that "Mostly harmless" takes the story in an unwanted direction and prematurely ends the series with the elimination of 3 of the main characters. Most hardcore Adams purists prefer to leave the story hanging with the possibility of the infinite possibilities possible in an infinite universe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JWink TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 29, 2013
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The Hitchhikers guide follows the adventures of Arthur Dent, a hapless Englishman, although the story also follows the adventure of other major characters: Ford Prefect, who named himself after the Ford Prefect car to blend in with what was assumed to be the dominant life form, automobiles, is an alien from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse and a researcher for the eponymous guidebook; Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ford's semi-cousin and the Galactic President; the depressed robot Marvin the Paranoid Android; and Trillian, formerly known as Tricia McMillan, a woman Arthur once met at a party in Islington and the only other human survivor of Earth's destruction.

The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy was the one that started it all for me. I love this series of books with its classic humor and way that Douglas Adams has to describe things. Adams passed before his time and unfortunately the movie didn't live up to the books, but don't let the movie discourage you from trying the books. The books by far are better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandon S. Shoemake on October 30, 2013
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Douglas Adams once personally helped me with his turned based, text, computer game via email. A pioneer in the book-to-game genre. My disk had a data flaw and he had another disk sent right out. (It was on a 5 1/2 inch floppy no less) Very nice and funny man, I'm glad to have his writing because its so enjoyable to me. Check out his other works, you will not be disappointed.
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By Graeme Blake (LSAT Hacks) on December 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I read the original Hitchhiker's Guide a few years back, this was my first exposure to the rest of the trilogy.

If you haven't read any of the Trilogy, read the first book. You'll love it.

If you did read the first book and loved it, then read the rest. They aren't as consistently good, but they're easy to read and full of fun.

This edition is a bit unwieldy, but the binding held up well and it's not too heavy. It was nice to have them all in one.
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