The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams, 180 pages, published 1979
A science fiction comedy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy follows the life of the average Englishman, Arthur Dent, after discovering planet Earth is set to be demolished by Vogons in order to build a hyperspace bypass. His friend, Ford Prefect, is in fact an alien who has been masquerading as a human, rather successfully when you discount his strange name. It is Ford who helps Arthur escape from Earth before the Vogons destroy it by hitching a ride on a Vogon ship - a very dangerous action, leading the pair to be tortured with a reading of Vogon poetry (the third worst in the universe). Eventually they are picked up by the Heart of Gold, a ship powered by an infinite improbability drive, which was stolen by Zaphod Beeblebrox who is accompanied by Trillian and Marvin the Paranoid Android. Thus beginning an adventure in search of a mysterious and legendary planet that Arthur is surely never going to forget.
Get the book:
- Worldcat listing
- The Pirate Bay - ebook (all file types)
- Google Play
- Amazon - individual book/omnibus
- Book Depository - individual book/omnibus
I do have the audiobooks but I don’t know where I got them so unfortunately I can’t give links to them.