Who wrote this book and when?
Douglas Adams published this in 1980.

Has there been a film version of it?
No, although it would make a great film. I think the idea was tossed around for a while but when the HHGG didn’t do spectacularly, it was tabled for a while.

Who are the important characters?
Arthur Dent – one of the last two surviving earthlings in the universe
Ford Prefect – a hitchhiker for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur’s friend
Zaphod Beeblebrox – a two headed, three armed alien who happens to be the former President of the Galaxy, he’s currently on the lam for stealing the fabled ship the Heart of Gold
Trillian – Formerly Tricia McMillan, the other last surviving earthling in the universe
Zarniwoop – the president of the company which produced The HHGG
Marvin – a depressed android

What’s it about?
This is the continuing story of the space travelers aboard the Heart of Gold. This book follows their quest to find something to eat. Along the way, Zaphod and Marvin get separated from the rest of the crew due to a malfunction when the Heart of Gold tries to discover what tea is. The motley group is also on the run from the Vogons, who destroyed Earth in the previous book and are after Arthur and Trillian to finish the job. Now, if they can only figure out exactly what Zaphod’s plans were before he removed them from his own brain and also find their way to Milliways – the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
It is part of one of the great comedy/science fiction series – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – by Douglas Adams.

Do you recommend I read this book?

How did this book make your list?
It’s part of the HHGG series. And I like random, funny, science fiction novels.

Has it won any awards?
No, oddly enough.

Favorite quotes:
“The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is one of the most extraordinary ventures in the entire history of catering. It has been built on the fragmented remains of…it will be built on the fragmented…that is to say it will have been built by this time, and indeed has been – One of the major problems encountered in time travel is not that of accidentally becoming your own father or mother. There is no problem involved in becoming your own father or mother that a broad-minded and well-adjusted fmaily can’t cope with. There is no problem about changing the course of history – the course of history does not change because it all fits together like a jigsaw. All the important changes have happened before the things they were supposed to change and it all sorts itself out in the end. The major problem is quite simply one of grammar, and the main work to consult in this matter is Dr. Dan Streetmentioner’s Time Traveler’s Handbook of 1001 Tense Formations.” – p 98

“It is a curious fact, and one to which no one knows quite how much importance to attach, that something like 85 percent of all known worlds in the Galaxy, be they primitive or highly advanced, have invented a drink called jynnan tonnyx, or gee-N-N-T’N-ix, or jinond-o-nicks, or any one of a thousand or more variations on the same phonetic theme.” – p 177

Personal thoughts:
The insane randomness continues in this next installment of the HHGG series. I do love Douglas Adams. Just when I have had about enough of random, he gives you just enough plot to keep you interested…and vice versa. I really can’t complain about anything with these books, although I know that further along in the series, the plot is going to dissipate even more. I love all the characters, including Marvin, no matter how annoying he gets he brings perspective. I love the computer on the Heart of Gold and I even love Zaphod Beeblebrox, who reminds me of a pubescent boy on crack at times. I do wish sometimes that Trillian would get to be a little bit more of a developed character, but with so much creativity flying about in the novels, there almost isn’t room for character development. In fact, there is almost no character development – there’s simply too much going on; what with spaceships crashing into suns and rock concerts and the universe ending and time skipping and the like. But I’m ready to forge on right into the next book…which I haven’t read before (the first two in the series I had…)