The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Genre: Science Fiction
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was published as a novel in 1979 after airing as a radio show. There have since been many different adaptations of the novel series.
Arthur Dent is saved by his friend, whom he believed was an out of work actor, from the total destruction of Earth. His friend, Ford, is actually from the planet Betelgeuse and has been stuck on the dull planet Earth for too long when he was supposed to be working on the new edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. And this is only the beginning of their journey.
After being tossed into space by the awful Vogons (after Earth was destroyed, of course), Arthur and Ford are rescued by Zaphod Beeblebrox (the president of the galaxy), Trillian (a woman Arthur once tried to pick up at a party), and Marvin (a depressed robot). They are then quasi-forced into a mission of utmost importance—which Zaphod sort of knows about, but he can’t really because he surgically removed it from his brain.
This book is all at once funny, confusing, science-y, and weird. I’m not sure if Douglas Adams was ahead of his time, or crazy, or a genius, but this story is so unique.
Do you like sci-fi? Humorous books? Strangely depressed robots?
Do you wonder what the meaning of life is?
For all the answers, stick your thumbs to the stars!