The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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By (author) Douglas Adams, Designed by Tim Marrs

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  • Publisher: Gollancz
  • Format: Hardback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 204mm x 19mm | 266g
  • Publication date: 10 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0575115343
  • ISBN 13: 9780575115347
  • Sales rank: 16,809

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One Thursday lunchtime Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this is already more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun. And the Galaxy is a very, very large and startling place indeed ...The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy became a massive cult success when it was first published and continues to sell all over the world. It introduced such memorable characters as Arthur Dent, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Zaphod Beeblebrox and, of course, the Vogons, and remains one of the funniest, most irreverent and entertaining novels ever.

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Douglas Adams came to world-wide prominence with the BBC Radio series THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY, which subsequently became the bestselling novel, a television series, a stage play, a computer game, audio cassettes, CD-roms and a towel, and was followed by the last two books in the original trilogy, THE RESTAURANT AT THE END OF THE UNIVERSE and LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING. All three are published as Gollancz presentation hardbacks. The final two books in the Hitchhiker Trilogy are SO LONG AND THANKS FOR ALL THE FISH and MOSTLY HARMLESS. Douglas Adams, who died in 2001, is also the author of DIRK GENTLY'S HOLISTIC DETECTIVE AGENCY and THE LONG DARK TEA-TIME OF THE SOUL, THE MEANING OF LIFF (with John Lloyd) AND LAST CHANCE TO SEE (with Mark Cawardine), and editor of THE UTTERLY UTTERLY MERRY COMIC RELIEF CHRISTMAS BOOK.

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Introduction by Graham Sleight When the Earth is demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass, Arthur Dent finds himself hitching a ride on a spaceship full of grumpy bureaucrats, accompanied by his now-revealed-as-an-alien best friend, while still in his pyjamas and dressing gown. Frankly, it's all a bit much before lunchtime. Thank goodness for the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which carries a very helpful message on its cover: Don't Panic. 'It is funny and funny in every way' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Indispensable reading for mental hitchhikers who want to thumb a lift out of the ruts of orthodox thought' DAILY MAIL Douglas Adams (1952-2001) Born in Cambridge, Douglas Adams is best known for the 1970s BBC Radio series (and later novel, TV series and feature film) The Hitchhikers's Guide to the Galaxy. He also wrote three Doctor Who serials. 978 0 575 11534 7 £8.99

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Packed with an Astounding Amount of New and Never-Before-Collected Material. Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they want to spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches? No one but Douglas Adams could have pared life's meaning down to these three questions, and they remain as inspired and head-scratchingly clever today as they did twenty-five years ago when they appeared in the first edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Showcasing his quick wit, comic genius, and wide-ranging intelligence, "Hitchhiker's has become nothing less than a cult classic and cultural phenomenon. To celebrate its quarter century and the extraordinary legacy of Adams, this gorgeously designed, mostly harmless deluxe edition gathers never-before-collected photographs, original artwork, memorabilia (from the strange to the sublime), and wisdom gleaned from a first read or first encounter as Douglas's friends remember how the galaxy was forever changed a mere twenty-five years ago (not to mention the original text of the novel) into a one-of-a-kind Guide as stunning as two suns setting over Magrathea. Whether you are well versed in the antics of Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered Earthman plucked from his planet seconds before it's demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, and Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy posing as an out-of-work actor, or are hitching a ride for the first time, this is the book that has everything you'll nee to know about anything.So please do not be alarmed. Definitely don't panic. Just be sure to grab a towel.