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Adams wrote “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”, which I’m sure a few people have heard of since it got made into a movie recently. I haven’t actually seen the movie yet, and don’t plan to, my hubby saw it and said it was so-so. Anyways, the books…HHGTTG is the first in the 5 book series that spans millennial and is all about Life, the Universe and Everything.  It’s basically a satirical view of the world, that in my opinion is second to none.

The five books in order are “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”; “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe”;”Life, the Universe and Everything”; “So Long and Thanks for All the Fish” and “Mostly Harmless”.  Oh, and there is a sort of 6th book in the series, it’s called the “Salmon of Doubt”, it was published after Adams passed away, and contains a bunch of material he wrote but that hadn’t been published.

The series basically follows Arthur Dent, a pretty average human (though a little dense), through all these events that he just kind of goes through.  Much the same way that life picks most of us up and carries us along whether we were ready for it to or not.  Some of the other characters are a fellow human Trillian McMillan, Ford Prefect an alien friend of Arthur’s,  Zaphod Beeblebrox, a two headed alien who was once the President of the Galaxy, and Marvin, a depressed robot with the intelligence of 50,000 humans.

My favorite is “The Restaurant”, because he tells about how humans came to inhabit the earth, and also where Dent learns how to fly.   I’ll tell you the secret to flying: Jump at the ground, but miss.  ^^

This series I consider a must read by all sci-fi fans and non-fans alike…you’re truely missing out on a chance to get to know the human race a bit more if you don’t read these books.

Oh, one of the very first computer games I ever played was the HHGTTG text adventure, which you can now find hosted online on a number of sites.  I recommend the BBC hosted one, they’ve given it a fun face lift but it’s still the same old game.  Check it out here.  For those of you who have never played a text based adventure, you type in the command, like in the beginning you’re in a dark room, you might want to try to get out of bed first, by typing “get up” (don’t type the ” “).  Then since it’s dark in the room, try “turn on the light”.  I reccomend the BBC one cuase they’ve got a nice little this is how you play the game section.  I will say, I never managed to beat the game till I got a guide XD Text based adventures are some of the hardest and most frustrating games I’ve ever played, but sooooo addicting XD  ZORK ftw!

Compilation HHGTTG
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This is one of the more popular publications of the book. It’s hard bound in a bible-like style, it contains all 5 of the books.

A fun author who’s written several novels, my favorites of which are American Gods, Stardust and the collaborative work with Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens. Good Omens is my favorite out of the three because I like the lightheartedness of it, but American Gods and Stardust are awesome too.

I wasn’t very thrilled with the movie adaptation of Stardust because it felt too rushed to me. I wish they had worked more on the transitions because I understand time constraints but it was just too much to put into 2hrs.

I’ve wanted to get Annasi Boys but haven’t got around to it yet XD It’s a sequel to American Gods. I’ve also read Neverwhere which is a really good read. It makes me want to go explore London :D

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Has written a ton of books, mostly sci-fi but some non sci-fi like a Dinotopia novel. Most of what I’ve read of his is from the Pip & Flinx series. This series is in the far future where humans have colonized many other planets and encountered several other sentient species, the two main being the Thranx and the Aann.
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The Thranx look like gigantic praying mantises, but I imagine them with more rounded segments, like an ant. AS a species they are very peaceful and were the first species we met when we began colonization. It has been so long since we’ve known them that our civilizations merged, made an entirely new language that is easier for human and Thranx alike to learn, live side by side and even have a religion together.

The Aann though have been enemies of the Thranx since long before we met either of them. The Aann are lizard like bipeds who prefer warm dry places.

Flinx is a human from a colony world named Moth that’s been settled for generations. He was an orphan and was adopted by a woman that everyone calls Mother Mastif. As he grows up in a poorer neighborhood he realizes he has “Talents” such as a sporadic telepathy, but most notably empathetic abilities. He begins searching for his parents to try to learn about the abilities and them.

The books are the journeys and encounters on the many worlds he visits. But he gets side tracked after a while by the task of saving the galaxy if not the universe from an almost invisible, but fast approaching doom from the space/darkness between the galaxies.

Very fun with very lovable characters. Pip btw is Flinxes best friend and an Alespian Flying mini dragon. The mini drag species is know for their ability to form empathetic bonds with their companions.

Fun series with great characters, oh and he’s also written a book trilogy called “Lost and Found”, is a funny, witty series that takes place in modern day, and is about a man and his talking dog. XD Very fun stuff.
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