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the_hitchhikers_guide_to_the_galaxy_douglas_adamso long and thanks for all the fish.The Dolphins, Chapter 23Rank in 2011 NPR listener survey of most popular sci-fi novels of all timeBooks in Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide series (a sixth was written by Eoin Colfer)Asteroid named after Arthur DentDay in May on which people carry towels in celebration of Douglas Adams252518610The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxyby the NumbersAdams not only satirized science fiction and wrote detective novels, but he also was a screenwriter for British TV programs such as Doctor Who and Monty Python. His Hitchhiker's Guide series gained a wide following with its humorous and earthy approach to science fiction.DOUGLAS ADAMS1952–2001AuthorSymbolsThemesOh no, not again...Arthur, an unassuming Brit, finds out his house will be demolished—and so will his planet. Ford, an alien biped posing as an earthling, ferries him to space, where mice explain that Earth was just an experiment to find the answer to the ultimate question. And the answer? 42.Don't PanicZaphod, Trillian, Ford, Arthur, and Marvin head to Magrathea to loot it.Ford and Arthur are rescued by Vogon servants.Ford and Arthur are jettisoned into space and retrieved by Zaphod's ship Heart of Gold.The mice try to find the question to the answer from Arthur's brain.They learn the supercomputer's senseless answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.3456Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspatial express route.12Arthur DentCarbon-based, male bipedal life form from EnglandTrillian/Tricia McMillanFemale bipedal life form from England; Zaphod's girlfriendFord PrefectExtraterrestrial researcher for a revised version of The Hitchhiker's GuideZaphod BeeblebroxPartygoing, narcissistic President of the GalaxyProstetnic Vogon JeltzBureaucratic Vogon; demolishes EarthMarvinBrilliant but chronically depressed robotBenjy & FrankieScientistsMain CharactersFriendsRomanceFamilyDouglas Adams1979EnglishNovel AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageScience FictionThe Hitchhikers Guide to the GalaxyOVERVIEWAbsurdityLife is just a series of improbable events with nonsensical answers.Point of ViewEven demolishing a planet can be amusing if looked at differently.IntelligenceKnowledge can't save humans from annihilation.Deep ThoughtRepresents the meaninglessness of asking unanswerable questionsTowelSymbolizes preparedness and competencyThe Hitchhikers Guide Stands for the incomplete information one has when attempting space travelSources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NPR, Towel Day, Universe TodayCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.

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