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The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
Year 1979
Publisher Pan Macmillan
ISBN 0330258648



'People of Earth, your attention please. This is Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz of the Galactic Hyperspace Planning Council.  Plans for development of the outlying regions of the galaxy require the building of a hyperspatial express route through your star system, and regrettably your planet is scheduled for demolition.  The process will take slightly less than two of your Earth minutes.  Thank you.'

For Arthur Dent, earthling and homeowner, the severe case of planning blight announced above is the overture to a quite remarkable set of travels, guided en route by an equally remarkable book - a book more popular than the Celestial Home Care Omnibus, cheaper than the Encyclopedia Galactica, it's  ...The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

It began as a radio series.  Now it's a book.  From hereon, anything, literally anything, is suddenly possible .......




"It's science fiction and it's extremely funny...inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive."
Washington Post

"The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions."
Chicago Tribune

"Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves."
School Library Journal


Artist's concept of Laser Power Stations.



Credit: NASA

Laser Power Stations


NASA Image of the day archive






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