Title: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Genre: Science Fiction
Publication Date: 1979
Number of Pages: 216
Geographical Setting: Earth, various other planets and spaceships
Time Period: Present
Series (If applicable): The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series Book #1
With only seconds to spare before the world ends, undercover alien Ford Prefect saves his best friend and himself from annihilation. As the aliens known as Vogons destroy the Earth, Ford and Arthur Dent become galactic hitchhikers on a Vogon ship. Eventually the two travelers meet up with Zaphod Beeblebrox, President of the Galaxy, his girlfriend Trillion, a woman Arthur tried to pick up at a party once, and a depressed robot named Marvin. They travel across space and time, learning about the mysteries of the universe (like where all the ballpoint pens go).
Subject Headings: Science—Fiction, Interstellar Travel, Interplanetary Voyages,
Appeal: Fast -Paced, Clever Language, Sarcastic, Humorous Tone, Suspenseful, Multiple Points of View, Quirky Characters, Multiple Plot Lines, Plot-Driven, Imaginative, Details of Outer Space and Space Travel, Well-Crafted, Witty
3 terms that best describe this book: Details of Outer Space and Space Travel, Quirky Characters, Witty
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Tags: Clever Language, Details of Outer Space and Space Travel, fast paced, Humorous Tone, imaginative, multiple plot lines, multiple points of view, plot-driven, quirky characters, sarcastic, suspenseful, well-crafted, witty