The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Front Cover
Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Fiction - 304 pages
3159 Reviews
“Extremely funny . . . inspired lunacy . . . [and] over much too soon.”—The Washington Post Book World

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.

Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches? For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars. And don't forget to bring a towel!

Praise for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“A whimsical oddyssey . . . Characters frolic through the galaxy with infectious joy.”Publishers Weekly

“Irresistable!”The Boston Globe

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1485
4 stars
1006
3 stars
422
2 stars
164
1 star
82

Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)

User Review  - Jenny - Goodreads

The only thing that I have to say is that if you are a fan of Monty Python and the Holy Grail then you will enjoy this book. Read full review

Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1)

User Review  - Thomas Bernards - Goodreads

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a fiction that tells the story of Arther Dent, whose planet get blown up so a bypass could be built buy an alien race called the “Vogons”. He ... Read full review

All 164 reviews »

Other editions - View all

About the author (2007)

Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in March 1952 and was educated at Brentwood School, Essex, before attending St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he received a B.A. and later an M.A. in English literature. A writer for radio, television, and theater, he was the creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy, which started as a radio show and then became a series of novels, a TV show, an album, a computer game, and several stage adaptations. Adams died on May 11, 2001.

Bibliographic information