The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide

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Wings Books, Jan 1, 1996 - Fiction - 815 pages
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Finally, here they are in one outrageous volume--all six bestselling Hitchhiker stories by Douglas Adams, including his latest addition to the collection, "Mostly Harmless." Plus, you'll find a perplexingly frank introduction by the author himself, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the books and the zany radio series that inspired them.

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: " Arthur Dent, mild-mannered, out-to-lunch kind of guy, is plucked from Earth just before it is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Towel in hand, he begins his journey through space and time with his rescuer Ford Prefect, a traveling researcher for the "Guide."

"The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: " The floor show is Doomsday while Arthur and Ford dine with Zaphod Beeblebrox, well-appendaged, ex-head honcho of the Universe, and Trillian, his human girlfriend.

"Life, the Universe and Everything: " Everything important and then some is examined in this third book, when Arthur Dent and his companions find they must avert Armageddon and save the Universe for life as we know it (or think we know it!)

"So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: " Galaxy-weary space traveler Arthur Dent returns to Earth with his new voidoid gang to discover that it has been mysteriously reinstated.

"Young Zaphod Plays It Safe: " The two-headed hero travels to the depths of the ocean floor to investigate the mysterious destruction of the ship that "could one hundred percent positively never crash."

"Mostly Harmless: " Once again, Arthur Dent tries to return to Earth, but instead settles for an honorary position as master sandwich maker.

If you're just discovering Douglas Adams's galactic gangbuster of aseries, don't panic: "The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: " is your chance to have it all! (Towel not included.)

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User Review  - D.ElaineCalderin - LibraryThing

A highly literate and very well written space opera/satire about human kind and our various oddities, foibles, and well, tendency to state the very obvious. While the plot often pretends to be ... Read full review

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Contents

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe145
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Life the Universe and Everything311
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So Long and Thanks for All the Fish471
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Douglas Noel Adams (sometimes referred to Bop Ad because of his distinctive signature) was born in Cambridge, England, on March 11, 1952 and educated at St. John's College at Cambridge University. He graduated with honors in English Literature in 1974. In addition to being a writer/editor for radio, television, and stage, Adams has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, and radio producer. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1979, one of his bestselling humor and science fiction novels, was originally a radio series. It was the first in a four-book series that includes The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe, and Everything, and So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. He once stated that the idea for his first novel came while he was "lying drunk in a field in Innsbruck and gazing at the stars." He pokes fun at humanity by mixing science fiction with humor. Adams's additional books include The Meaning of Liff; The Deeper Meaning of Liff; Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul; and Mostly Harmless. He has also co-authored the book Last Chance to See, about endangered species. Douglas Adams died May 11, 2001 of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 49.

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