Introduced by Terry Jones
Illustrated by Jonathan Burton
In the first in his 'trilogy of five', Douglas Adams introduces us Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, the Babel fish, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and Marvin the Paranoid Android.
Shortlisted for the 2017 BBPD Awards
‘A wonderful and exhilarating ride’
The earth is about to be demolished by the Vogons to make way for a new hyperspatial express route. Luckily for Arthur Dent, his friend Ford Prefect turns out to be an alien from Betelgeuse and ‘a roving researcher for that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. Seconds before the planet is vaporised, Arthur and Ford escape by hitching a lift on the flagship of Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz …
Douglas Adams brilliantly combines science fiction with the finest tradition of English humour. In this, the first of his ‘trilogy of five’, he introduces Earthbound readers to Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin the Paranoid Android, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters, the Babel fish and the stolen Heart of Gold starship. Ford knows how to see the Marvels of the Universe for less than thirty Altairian dollars a day, and is overjoyed to be back on the road. Arthur takes a different view. Cut adrift in a strange universe, his planet a smoking ruin, he frequently has to be reminded of the friendly advice inscribed on the cover of his new guidebook: DON’T PANIC.
An international bestseller and a comedic triumph, this pan-Galactic odyssey reveals its author’s erudition on all topics relating to Life, the Universe and Everything. It has appeared in film, radio and television adaptations all over the world – and possibly beyond. This Folio Society edition is introduced by Terry Jones, a friend of Adams and fellow traveller in the universe of surreal comedy.
‘Inspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science-fiction cliché alive’
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Review by CarltonC on 31st Mar 2012
"First read over 30 years ago and a joy to read again after all these years. It is still very funny and just has so many quotable passages in it. Yes, it has little in the way of character development..." [read more]
Review by reader892 on 30th Mar 2012
"I first discovered this book when someone gave me an audio copy on CD. It is good science fiction that isn't so far out there that it isn't entertaining. I like FS's edition because the book is not ..." [read more]
Review by Devondave on 30th Mar 2012
"superb I just hope the entire series of books are published, the Folio format brings them a fresh lease of life with wonderful bindings and illustrations. The book is timeless and still makes me laugh..." [read more]