Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

With much chagrin, I must admit that I am, for the first time, picking up and reading (with the intent of completing) "The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" written by Douglas Adams. I have read some of the little bits and pieces here and there, or perhaps I have read one of the five novels within entirely but it was so long ago that I largely forget the majority of it. The 'Ultimate' is in reference to the five novels that make up a larger book.

Either way, I read the 'Introduction' to the book which "...was written after the final and definitive one you are now reading and, of course, flatly contradicts it." The introductions explains how jumbled and complex the writing, editing, releasing, and re-editing was during the process of releasing the stories to the public.

Anyway, in this introduction, Douglas Adams states, "As if this were not enough I wrote a computer game for Infocom called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which bore only fleeting resemblances to anything that had previously gone under that title..."

I am greatly looking forward to the read and then replaying the game. I also look forward to your responses or spoiler-free reviews of the book.

"Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun."


First book of five was excellent. So far the second book has been better.

As far as my text adventure creation progress goes... well... it feels like that part of my brain responsible for that task is preoccupied with figuring out how to make a proper cup of tea.

I guess x3 will just have to wait.


Still the world's only five-book trilogy. I really miss Douglas.


And I though it was good as a 4 book trilogy...
Time to find #5... (or was that one a robot???)


The 5th book is called "Mostly Harmless" (ISBN 0-330-32311-3)


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