“Hitchhiker’s” is a Galaxy of Fun Reading

The novel was first published in 1979, and has been popular ever since and also been made into a movie.

The novel was first published in 1979, and has been popular ever since and also been made into a movie.

Ben Buchalter, Staff Writer

“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams at first sounds like the title of an astronomically boring science textbook for road trips. However, within the 216 pages of Douglas Adams’ first book is a humorous, yet interesting story.

Within the story, Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect – who turns out to have been an alien from Betelgeuse – hitch a ride on a spaceship away from the Earth moments before it is destroyed. They get thrown out of said spaceship, but are miraculously picked up by the ex-galactic president and his girlfriend on a stolen government spaceship.

The band of four – and a depressed robot named Marvin – adventure onwards to discover the secrets of a planet once thought dead. When he gets separated from the group, Arthur meets a mysterious old man and learns the true purpose of the Earth.

If you choose to read this book and enjoy it, it is actually just the first in a series of five books. The book was also made into a film of the same name, but the film loses some of the humor the book has.

I would recommend this book to practically anybody who even somewhat likes Sci-Fi or enjoys humorous novels.