The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBook - 2012
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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Ford carried on counting quietly. This is about the most aggressive thing you can do to a computer, the equivalent of going up to a human being and saying, "Blood...blood...blood...blood..."
"We don't demand solid facts! What we demand is a total absence of solid facts. I demand that I may or may not be Vroomfondel!"
“He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it.”
“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
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The book opens with Arthur Dent is trying to keep his house from being demolished by the local council to make room for a highway bypass. Soon his friend Ford Prefect (who is in fact a researcher for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and posing as an out of work actor) arrives on the scene and tries to convince Arthur that Earth will be soon demolished in a similar way. Arthur and Ford stow away on an alien spaceship (the Vogons' in fact) and begin their fantastic journey throughout the galaxy.