The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

“It is known that there are an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the Universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the whole Universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the products of a deranged imagination.”  Douglas Adams.

I have just been re-reading – Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a “trilogy” of five books published between 1979 and 1992,

I first heard about this series in 1978 when the BBC announced the start of a new science fiction comedy on the wireless (radio for those of less advanced years 🙂 ) and was instantly hooked on the rather madcap humour tinged with some quite cutting edge science.

The story revolves around the adventures of our heroes after the earth has been destroyed by Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, during the construction of an intergalactic highway. Along with the ‘Guide’ an electronic guidebook of the Milky Way galaxy that is being edited and updated by Ford Prefect.

Do not watch the film…..! Dreadful & the TV series was not much better: read the books and/or listen to the radio series. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

6 thoughts on “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

  1. David, this is very important, never, ever read “And Another Thing…” the one written by Eoin Golfer. it is so bad I flung it into a bin in the airport after the first 100 pages, dreadful, dreadful stuff.

    1. Thank you – is it the publisher or just peoples ego that make them write a book with its raison d’être being the previous author is dead! A bit like films of books; when the producer makes an attempt (usually bad) to ‘improve’ it. Maybe it is just arrogance.
      Sorry – one of my pet hates…… or am I just a grumpy old man?

      David.

  2. I actually thought the movie version was ok. It had to be different because so many of the jokes from the book couldn’t translate to the screen, but overall I think it works with the style of humor that Adams was always shooting for in his books.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment,
      Unfortunately I think the humour was made more ‘obvious’ and less appealing – the standard Hollywood style when trying to understand the nuances of British comedy. Making it appeal to mainstream audiences turned the humour into jokes and so lost much of its spontaneity.
      Where was the ‘Guide’? It hardly gets a mention in the film: no, not my cup of tea….. apologies Robert Brown.
      Hay ho – horses for courses.

      David.

  3. Definitely one of my favourite books, and perhaps one of my most read books, too (as in, I have re-read it many times now, and love it more each time). 🙂

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