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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

(1979)
Author: Douglas Adams
Illustrator: Peter Cross
Publisher: Pan Books
Pages: 0
Personal Rating: 8/10
Amazon: 4.5/5
Goodreads: 4/5
Bindings:Compilation
Series:
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Found in:The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide [1996]
Classifications:Comedy
SciFi
Synopsis:
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.
Reaction:
Original story with some very off-the-wall humor. Classic.