It's agreed, though, that the phenomenon has to do with shock — a death, a disaster, something that leaves everything catastrophically changed. How curious, then, that this is so often the way fans talk about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Is this only because it's so funny, or is it because it's a story that begins with the total destruction of planet Earth?
Novels[ edit ] The novels are described as "a trilogy in five parts", having been described as a trilogy on the release of the third book, and then a "trilogy in four parts" on the release of the fourth book.
The plots of the television and radio series are more or less the same as that of the first two novels, though some of the events occur in a different order and many of the details are changed.
Much of parts five and six of the radio series were written by John Lloydbut his material did not make it into the other versions of the story and is not included here. However, they are not the final version that Adams produced. He was working on a third Dirk Gently novel, under the working title The Salmon of Doubtbut felt that the book was not working and abandoned it.
He described Mostly Harmless as "a very bleak book" and said he "would love to finish Hitchhiker on a slightly more upbeat note". Adams also remarked that if he were to write a sixth instalment, he would at least start with all the characters in the same place. Through archival recordings, he relates the story of a race of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings who built a computer named Deep Thought to calculate the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
It went on to predict that another computer, more powerful than itself would be made and designed by it to calculate the question for the answer. Later on, referencing this, Adams would create the 42 Puzzlea puzzle which could be approached in multiple ways, all yielding the answer The computer, often mistaken for a planet because of its size and use of biological componentswas the Earth, and was destroyed by Vogons to make way for a hyperspatial express route five minutes before the conclusion of its million-year program.
Trillian is also human but had left Earth six months previously with Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Galaxy. The protagonists escape, setting the course for "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe".
The book was adapted from the first four radio episodes. It was first published ininitially in paperback, by Pan Booksafter BBC Publishing had turned down the offer of publishing a novelization, an action they would later regret.
A hardback edition was published by Harmony Books, a division of Random House in the United States in Octoberand the US paperback edition was promoted by the give-away of 3, free copies in the magazine Rolling Stone to build word of mouth.
InDel Rey Books rereleased the Hitchhiker series with new covers for the release of the movie. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe[ edit ] Main article: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe published inZaphod is separated from the others and finds he is part of a conspiracy to uncover who really runs the Universe.
Zaphod meets Zarniwoopa conspirator and editor for The Guide, who knows where to find the secret ruler. Zaphod becomes briefly reunited with the others for a trip to Milliwaysthe restaurant of the title. Zaphod and Ford decide to steal a ship from there, which turns out to be a stunt ship pre-programmed to plunge into a star as a special effect in a stage show.
Unable to change course, the main characters get Marvin to run the teleporter they find in the ship, which is working other than having no automatic control someone must remain behind to operate itand Marvin seemingly sacrifices himself.
Zaphod and Trillian discover that the Universe is in the safe hands of a simple man living on a remote planet in a wooden shack with his cat. Ford and Arthur, meanwhile, end up on a spacecraft full of the outcasts of the Golgafrinchan civilization.
Adams himself considered Restaurant to be his best novel of the five. There they run into Slartibartfast, who enlists their aid in preventing galactic war. Long ago, the people of Krikkit attempted to wipe out all life in the Universe, but they were stopped and imprisoned on their home planet; now they are poised to escape.
With the help of Marvin, Zaphod, and Trillian, our heroes prevent the destruction of life in the Universe and go their separate ways.
Its story was based on a treatment Adams had written for a Doctor Who theatrical release,  with the Doctor role being split between Slartibartfast to begin withand later Trillian and Arthur. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. March Learn how and when to remove this template message In So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish published inArthur returns home to Earth, rather surprisingly since it was destroyed when he left.
He meets and falls in love with a girl named Fenchurchand discovers this Earth is a replacement provided by the dolphins in their Save the Humans campaign.
Along the way, they are joined by Marvin, the Paranoid Android, who, although 37 times older than the universe itself what with time travel and allhas just enough power left in his failing body to read the message and feel better about it all before expiring.
In it was adapted for radio as the Quandary Phase of the radio series. Trillian uses DNA that Arthur donated for traveling money to have a daughter, and when she goes to cover a war, she leaves her daughter Random Frequent Flyer Dent with Arthur.
Arthur, Ford, Trillian, and Tricia McMillan Trillian in this alternate universe follow her to a crowded club, where an anguished Random becomes startled by a noise and inadvertently fires her gun at Arthur. The shot misses Arthur and kills a man the ever-unfortunate Agrajag.The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, which celebrates its 30th anniversary today, has an enduring appeal which goes beyond science fiction.
In celebration of Hitchhiker’s 35th birthday, here are 35 things you learn from reading the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy”: 1.
If you’re ever stuck on a question, you know. This study guide and infographic for Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy offer summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text.
Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (sometimes referred to as HG2G, HHGTTG or H2G2) is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams.
Originally a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in , it was later adapted to other formats, including stage shows, novels, comic books, a TV series, a video game, . The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first book of the five-volume series (which Adams humorously called a “trilogy”) based on Adams’s successful radio series of the same name.
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