Genre: Science Fiction
Publication date: October 12th, 1979
Page Count: 240
Series: #1 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.
Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide (“A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have”) and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox–the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.
I don’t think I could pass off as a respectable scifi fan until I read one of the greatest scifi books of all time. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is Douglas Adams’ most famous work of writing spanning over 5 books in the series.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is pretty short, and with just 240 pages, it’s perfect for a quick vacation/summer read. I enjoyed every page of the book. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is filled with cringe-worthy dry British humour and endless scifi tidbits about space travel, which adds to the appeal.
“Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.”
As you read more of Arthur Dent’s voyage through the galaxy with his non-human friend, Ford Prefect with the famous book called The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you’ll find yourself laughing at their encounters with the terrible Vogans, the deceptive two-headed Zaphod Beeblebrox, and mice in space.
The plot in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is very well-written. Right off the first page, Earth is on its way to being blown to bits and we find Arthur in the midst of a very important task of protecting his house from being demolished…which eventually becomes beside the point. You can literally expect something new happening with each turn of the page. And no doubt you will enjoy the amazing cast of characters sprinkled throughout the book. Every character with its eccentric personalities, even the pet mice, brings something distinguishable to the book.
I would highly recommend The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to anyone who wants to give scifi a try and wouldn’t know which book to start first. It’s short enough to give you a sense of feel of what great classic scifi is and its action packed enough to keep you entertained throughout the book.
And if you’re still not convinced, here’s a snippet of the book that will hopefully change your mind:
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!