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DON’T PANIC! My favourite book is…

In fairness, a lot of the literature I read is technical documentation more than fiction. Don’t panic though – there is one collection of books that are very important to me. So important, that for some reason I have three copies of the entire trilogy. That’s 11 books! How is it 11 books? Well, we’re talking about a trilogy in five parts – but one copy is a single combined paperback.

“…a comedic and satirical take on science fiction…”

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is one of the most beloved and celebrated science fiction series of all time. Written by the late Douglas Adams, it began as a radio show in 1978 before being adapted into a bestselling series of novels, a television series, and a feature film. Adams was even involved in setting up an online “Hitchhiker’s Guide”; H2G2.

The series is a comedic and satirical take on science fiction, and it has become a cult classic for its wit, humour, and clever storytelling. While I prefer the books, I also have a fondness for the feature film and have seen it far too many times to count.

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy feature film trailer

Each iteration of the series is a variation on the same theme, not afraid to stray from its own source material while following the adventures of an unwitting human named Arthur Dent, who is swept off the Earth just before it is destroyed to make way for a hyperspace bypass. He is taken on a wild journey through space by Ford Prefect, a friend and researcher for the eponymous Hitchhiker’s Guide, a guidebook for the galaxy. Along the way, they encounter a variety of strange and humorous characters, including the depressed robot Marvin, the depressed president of the galaxy, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and the eccentric and enigmatic alien Ford Prefect.

“…a variety of strange and unusual planets and alien races…”

One of the things that makes Hitchhiker’s Guide so special is its unique blend of humour and science fiction. The series is full of clever and witty jokes, puns, and one-liners that make it a joy to read. The series also manages to take on some of the biggest and most profound questions about life, the universe, and everything, and it does so with a sense of humour and a light touch. The series is also known for its clever and intricate plot, which is full of twists and turns that keep readers guessing.

Another aspect of the series that is particularly noteworthy is the development of the characters. Each character in the series is unique and well-developed, and they all have their own distinct personalities and quirks. The characters are relatable and easy to root for, and are an integral part of the series’ appeal. The characters are often put in unique and strange situations and the way they react to it is quite remarkable.

The series is also known for its unique and imaginative world-building, which is both detailed and fantastical. The series features a variety of strange and unusual planets and alien races, each with their own distinct cultures and customs.

In conclusion, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a truly incredible series that has stood the test of time. It is a perfect blend of humour, science fiction, and clever storytelling. The series is a must-read for anyone who loves science fiction, comedy, or great storytelling. It is a timeless classic that will continue to delight and entertain readers, listeners and watchers for generations to come.

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