No novel has ever had me fully on board as quickly as The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The title alone sold me and then the opening page had me thinking…”yea, this is definitely for me.” From the description of the solar system as the “uncharted backwaters” of the galaxy, to calling humans (“ape descended life forms”) primitive because of their love of digital watches, to saying Jesus was “nailed to a tree” for saying we should treat each other well, Adams tickled all my humor nerves from the jump. Then he managed to tell a hilarious story, with fun, interesting characters while continuing to make me laugh throughout.
The entire concept of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is incredible, high-concept science fiction. Traveling the Galaxy on a budget, like high school graduates might travel Europe…the idea is so simple and so brilliant. Arthur, Ford, Trillian and Zaphod give a great core four to explore the universe with (and of course Marvin, our depressed robot). The book is so much fun, I’d even be willing to listen to some Vogon poetry if it meant I got to enjoy this one again and again.