Reviewed by L. Bahr, September 2017
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy about Arthur Dent, an ordinary person who is whisked away from Earth by his best friend, Ford Prefect. Arthur discovers that Ford is a researcher for the hugely popular Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a Wikipedia-like database of the entire galaxy. Along the way, they are joined by Zaphod Beeblebrox, the president of the galaxy, Trillian, Zaphod’s girlfriend, and Marvin, a comically depressed robot. Together, they make their way to Magrathea, a mythical planet that sells custom-made luxury planets. Throughout their journey, there are plenty of comedic moments to be found, such as Arthur and Ford being read poetry by the Vogon Chief, or a missile being turned into a whale.
I would recommend this book as a comedy, or as a science fiction novel. This irreverent novel is a fun read that I will certainly recommend to my friends.