Book Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun.
THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY is not just a book--it's a phenomenon. It's based on a BBC radio series that also spawned four other books, a TV series, a 2005 film, a text-based computer adventure game, and a website.
As the story begins, Arthur Dent is having a bad day. First, the town council knocked his house down to build a local bypass. Then a fleet of alien spaceships blew up his planet to make way for an intergalactic bypass.
Can things get any worse? Possibly. Having been rescued from the Earth's destruction by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor, Arthur embarks upon a hectic, hysterically funny adventure that includes torturously bad poetry, a depressed robot, the two-headed President of the Galaxy (currently on the lam), and the legendary planet-building planet of Magrathea.
Arthur's only consolation is the wise advice printed on the cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: "Don't Panic."
HITCHHIKER'S has developed a cult classic status that extends beyond Science-Fiction fans, and people enjoy swapping quotes from it in much the same way that they exchange quotes from Monty Python.
Although there is an extensive crop of British writers who write humorous fantasy in much the same vein, such as Terry Pratchett and Tom Holt, no one has quite been able to make the splash in satirical SF that Adams has.
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