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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Five Novels in One Outrageous Volume
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In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams's beloved Hitchhiker series.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read)
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.
Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak.
Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?
Includes the bonus story "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe"
"With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight . . . Adams makes us laugh until we cry."—San Diego Union-Tribune
"Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain."—The Atlantic
In one complete volume, here are the five classic novels from Douglas Adams's beloved Hitchhiker series.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read)
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat.
Life, the Universe and Everything
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky– so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription thrusts him back to reality. So to speak.
Mostly Harmless
Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration? Can he save the Guide from a hostile alien takeover? Can he save his daughter from herself?
Includes the bonus story "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe"
"With droll wit, a keen eye for detail and heavy doses of insight . . . Adams makes us laugh until we cry."—San Diego Union-Tribune
"Lively, sharply satirical, brilliantly written . . . ranks with the best set pieces in Mark Twain."—The Atlantic
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  • From the book What Was He Like,Douglas Adams?

    He was tall, very tall. He had an air of cheerful diffidence. He
    combined a razor-sharp intellect and understanding of what
    he was doing with the puzzled look of someone who had
    backed into a profession that surprised him in a world that
    perplexed him. And he gave the impression that, all in all, he was rather
    enjoying it.

    He was a genius, of course. It's a word that gets tossed around a lot
    these days, and it's used to mean pretty much anything. But Douglas was
    a genius, because he saw the world differently, and more importantly, he
    could communicate the world he saw. Also, once you'd seen it his way
    you could never go back.

    Douglas Noel Adams was born in 1952 in Cambridge, England (shortly
    before the announcement of an even more influential DNA, deoxyribonucleic
    acid). He was a self-described "strange child" who did not learn
    to speak until he was four. He wanted to be a nuclear physicist ("I never
    made it because my arithmetic was so bad"), then went to Cambridge to
    study English, with ambitions that involved becoming part of the tradition
    of British writer/performers (of which the members of Monty Python's
    Flying Circus are the best-known example).

    When he was eighteen, drunk in a field in Innsbruck, hitchhiking across
    Europe, he looked up at the sky filled with stars and thought, "Somebody
    ought to write the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Then he went to
    sleep and almost, but not quite, forgot all about it.

    He left Cambridge in 1975 and went to London where his many writ-ing
    and performing projects tended, in the main, not to happen. He
    worked with former Python Graham Chapman writing scripts and sketches
    for abortive projects (among them a show for Ringo Starr which contained
    the germ of Starship Titanic) and with writer-producer John Lloyd
    (they pitched a series called Snow Seven and the White Dwarfs, a comedy
    about two astronomers in "an observatory on Mt. Everest--"The idea
    for that was minimum casting, minimum set, and we'd just try to sell the
    series on cheapness").

    He liked science fiction, although he was never a fan. He supported
    himself through this period with a variety of odd jobs: he was, for example,
    a hired bodyguard for an oil-rich Arabian family, a job that entailed
    wearing a suit and sitting in hotel corridors through the night listening to
    the ding of passing elevators.

    In 1977 BBC radio producer (and well-known mystery author) Simon
    Brett commissioned him to write a science fiction comedy for BBC Radio
    Four. Douglas originally imagined a series of six half-hour comedies
    called The Ends of the Earth--funny stories which at the end of each, the
    world would end. In the first episode, for example, the Earth would be
    destroyed to make way for a cosmic freeway.

    But, Douglas soon realized, if you are going to destroy the Earth, you
    need someone to whom it matters. Someone like a reporter for, yes, the
    Hitchchiker's Guide to the Galaxy. And someone else . . . a man who was
    called Alaric B in Douglas's original proposal. At the last moment Douglas
    crossed out Alaric B and wrote above it Arthur Dent. A normal name
    for a normal man.

    For those people listening to BBC Radio 4 in 1978 the show came as a
    revelation. It was funny--genuinely witty, surreal, and smart. The series
    was produced by Geoffrey Perkins, and the last two episodes of the first
    series were co-written with John Lloyd.

    (I was a kid who discovered the series--accidentally, as most listeners
    did--with the second episode. I sat in the car in the driveway,...
About the Author-
  • Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and educated at Cambridge. He was the author of five books in the Hitchhiker's Trilogy, including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe and Everything; So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish; and Mostly Harmless. His other works include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul; The Meaning of Liff and The Deeper Meaning of Liff (with John Lloyd); and Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine). His last book was the bestselling collection, The Salmon of Doubt, published posthumously in May 2002.
Reviews-
  • San Diego Union "WITH DROLL WIT, A KEEN EYE FOR DETAIL AND HEAVY DOSES OF INSIGHT . . . ADAMS MAKES US LAUGH UNTIL WE CRY."
  • The Atlantic "LIVELY, SHARPLY SATIRICAL, BRILLIANTLY WRITTEN . . . RANKS WITH THE BEST SET PIECES IN MARK TWAIN."
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