It's safe to say that The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of the funniest science fiction novels ever written. Adams spoofs many core science fiction tropes: space travel, aliens, interstellar war--stripping away all sense of wonder and repainting them as commonplace, even silly.
This omnibus edition begins with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in which Arthur Dent is introduced to the galaxy at large when he is rescued by an alien friend seconds before Earth's destruction. Then in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur and his new friends travel to the end of time and discover the true reason for Earth's existence. In Life, the Universe, and Everything, the gang goes on a mission to save the entire universe. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish recounts how Arthur finds true love and "God's Final Message to His Creation." Finally, Mostly Harmless is the story of Arthur's continuing search for home, in which he instead encounters his estranged daughter, who is on her own quest. There's also a bonus short story, "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe," more of a vignette than a full story, which wraps up this completist's package of the Don't Panic chronicles. As the series progresses, its wackier elements diminish, but the satire of human life and foibles is ever present. --Brooks Peck --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“WITH DROLL WIT, A KEEN EYE FOR DETAIL AND HEAVY DOSES OF INSIGHT . . . ADAMS MAKES US LAUGH UNTIL WE CRY.”
–San Diego Union
“LIVELY, SHARPLY SATIRICAL, BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN . . . RANKS WITH THE BEST SET PIECES IN MARK TWAIN.”
Probably one of the most entertaining books I've read. I really liked the intelligent application of science and the zany results that occurred. Read morePublished 22 minutes ago by SNAKE DR
The HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY is the best thing you will ever read! Douglas Adams was a genius.Published 20 hours ago by Eric C.
The ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Self explanatory if you know the books. Many books in one. You can just keep reading and reading. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
The best book series ever written. Douglas Adams was extremely intelligent and used his comedic style to deliver his unique perspective of the world in which we live as well as the... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Critical
This is about my favorite series of books (certainly my favorite humorous books). I already own all of them separately and already own the hardback edition of this book, but when... Read morePublished 9 days ago by G. Foltz
This was an amazing read, way better then the movie... In fact I never really understood why people said that about books until this book (which I read after the movie) it's a... Read morePublished 10 days ago by nathan varley
If you enjoy British humor then I definitely recommend this series. Douglas Adams did a great job telling a really unique story about a man being swept completely out of his... Read morePublished 10 days ago by M. Brummettt
I wish I had found this first. All 5 books available on Kindle for (as of 8/19/15) $4. That's a steal! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Brian Lafond