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Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series! “Wild satire . . . The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is...
Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series! “Wild satire . . . The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is...
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  • Now celebrating the 42nd anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, soon to be a Hulu original series!

    “Wild satire . . . The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes.”—Chicago Tribune


    The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads—so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

    They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-president of the galaxy; and...

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  • From the book Chapter 1
     
    The regular early morning yell of horror was the sound of Arthur Dent waking up and suddenly remembering where he was.
     
    It wasn’t just that the cave was cold, it wasn’t just that it was damp and smelly. It was that the cave was in the middle of Islington and there wasn’t a bus due for two million years.
     
    Time is the worst place, so to speak, to get lost in, as Arthur Dent could testify, having been lost in both time and space a good deal. At least being lost in space kept you busy.
     
    He was stranded on prehistoric Earth as the result of a complex sequence of events that had involved his being alternately blown up and insulted in more bizarre regions of the Galaxy than he had ever dreamed existed, and though life had now turned very, very, very quiet, he was still feeling jumpy.
     
    He hadn’t been blown up now for five years.
     
    He had hardly seen anyone since he and Ford Prefect had parted company four years previously, and he hadn’t been insulted in all that time either.
     
    Except just once.
     
    It had happened on a spring evening about two years ago.
     
    He was returning to his cave just a little after dusk when he became aware of lights flashing eerily through the clouds. He turned and stared, with hope suddenly clambering through his heart. Rescue. Escape. The castaway’s impossible dream—a ship.
     
    And as he watched, as he stared in wonder and excitement, a long silver ship descended through the warm evening air, quietly, without fuss, its long legs unlocking in a smooth ballet of technology.
     
    It alighted gently on the ground, and what little hum it had generated died away, as if lulled by the evening calm.
     
    A ramp extended itself.
     
    Light streamed out.
     
    A tall figure appeared silhouetted in the hatchway. It walked down the ramp and stood in front of Arthur.
     
    “You’re a jerk, Dent,” it said simply.
     
    It was alien, very alien. It had a peculiar alien tallness, a peculiar alien flattened head, peculiar slitty little alien eyes, extravagantly draped golden robes with a peculiarly alien collar design, and pale gray green alien skin that had that lustrous sheen about it that most gray green races can acquire only with plenty of exercise and very expensive soap.
     
    Arthur boggled at it.
     
    It gazed levelly at him.
     
    Arthur’s first sensations of hope and trepidation had instantly been overwhelmed by astonishment, and all sorts of thoughts were battling for the use of his vocal cords at this moment.
     
    “Whh …?” he said.
     
    “Bu … hu … uh …” he added.
     
    “Ru … ra … wah … who?” he managed finally to say and lapsed into a frantic kind of silence. He was feeling the effects of not having said anything to anybody for as long as he could remember.
     
    The alien creature frowned briefly and consulted what appeared to be some species of clipboard that it was holding in its thin and spindly alien hand.
     
    “Arthur Dent?” it said.
     
    Arthur nodded helplessly.
     
    “Arthur Philip Dent?” pursued the alien in a kind of efficient yap.
     
    “Er … er … yes … er … er,” confirmed Arthur.
     
    “You’re a jerk,” repeated the alien, “a complete kneebiter.”
     
    “Er …”
     
    The...

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  • Douglas Adams was born in 1952 and created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer games, stage adaptations, comic book, and bath towel. He was born in Cambridge and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001.

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  • Chicago Tribune "Wild satire . . . the feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes."
  • Arizona Daily Star "Adams is one of those rare treasures: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading."

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