The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Five (UK Edition)

The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Trilogy of Five (UK Edition)

Douglas Adams

Language: English

Pages: 742


Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

British edition

On 12 October 1979 the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor (and Earth) was made available to humanity. This was of course The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. But this was just the beginning. We followed the adventures of hapless protagonist, Arthur Dent and his alien side-kick, Ford Prefect, across a trilogy of five books: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series. And this merry spacewagon, featuring a flying sofa, a Paranoid Android, a gift-wrapped fishbowl, bath towels and much else besides, became an instant classic.

Now, for the first time, we are publishing all five books in the Hitchhiker's series, as an ebook omnibus.

Praise for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series

‘It changed my whole life. It’s literally out of this world’ Tom Baker

‘Really entertaining and fun’ Michael Palin

‘It is funny and funny in every way . . . it is the sort of humour which crops up from time to time and immediately find its own level, its own audience’ Daily Telegraph

‘Indispensable reading for mental hitch-hikers who want to thumb a lift out of the ruts of orthodox thought . . .science fiction that is very intelligently amusing, or very amusingly intelligent’ Daily Mail

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The sound was a mere thin thrill. Periodically throughout the thickening jumble of events they sensed appalling catastrophes, deep horrors, cataclysmic shocks, and these were always associated with certain recurring images, the only images which ever stood out clearly from the avalanche of tumbling history: a wicket gate, a small hard red ball, hard white robots, and also something less distinct, something dark and cloudy. But there was also another sensation which rose clearly out of the

moment with a pile of newspapers she’d been into the village to buy. She stopped in astonishment at the wreckage on the table and the wreckage from Betelgeuse on the sofa. ‘Where’s the gin?’ said Ford to Fenchurch. And to Arthur, ‘What happened to Trillian, by the way?’ ‘Er, this is Fenchurch,’ said Arthur, awkwardly. ‘There was nothing with Trillian, you must have seen her last.’ ‘Oh, yeah,’ said Ford, ‘she went off with Zaphod somewhere. They had some kids or something. At least,’ he added,

asking, ‘How did you know?’ but Gail answered anyway. ‘I asked the barman,’ she said, with a kindly smile. The barman had her vodka ready for her and slid it charmingly across the glossy mahogany. ‘Thank you,’ said Tricia, stirring it sharply. She didn’t know quite what to make out of all this sudden niceness and was determined not to be wrong-footed by it. People in New York were not nice to each other without reason. ‘Ms Andrews,’ she said, firmly, ‘I’m sorry that you’re not happy. I know

failures of the Breathe-O-Smart systems. To begin with this merely caused simmering resentment and only a few deaths from asphyxiation. The real horror erupted on the day that three events happened simultaneously. The first event was that Breathe-O-Smart Inc. issued a statement to the effect that best results were achieved by using their systems in temperate climates. The second event was the breakdown of a Breathe-O-Smart system on a particularly hot and humid day with the resulting evacuation

volatile liquid formed by the fermentation of sugars and also notes its intoxicating effect on certain carbon-based life forms. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. It says that the effect of drinking a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick. The Guide also tells you on which planets the best Pan Galactic Gargle

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