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Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Baron Grim

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Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

I first heard about the book when I noticed that the local high school had it on the Summer Reading list. I was about ten years into my first job as a librarian, and it was part of my job to make sure that local students could get the books on the list at the local public library (the school libraries were closed during the summer.)


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Baron Grim

If I recall correctly, my uncle told me about the TV series airing on our local PBS station. I quickly then went and picked up the first of several paperback copies of the American edition of the book, complete with big green "Galactic Cutie" much to Douglas Adams' contempt. I bought at least 3 more of that paper back as I kept loaning them out and they rarely returned. (Along with at least as many copies of Richard Bach's _Jonathan Livingston Seagull_ and _Illusions: the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah_.)

I devoured the first two books and reread them several times and eagerly awaited the release of all the ensuing books in the series and also the Dirk Gently books. Somewhere I even have a copy of The Meaning of Liff and its sequel. I'm sure I didn't enjoy them as much as folks in the UK who might have actually been familiar with all those place names.


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

I remember that series on PBS. I probably saw the TV version first, then went looking for the book. In the early 1980s, we had some really good book store chains, plus some stand-alone ones like Paperback Booksmith in Brookline, Mass.
http://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/history
I was astonished to realize that the store is still oging strong after 60 years in Brookline. I also bought books and other stuff at the Harvard Coop in Harvard Square, Cambridge. I once bought a one-volume encyclopedia and dragged it home on the subway smiley - puff


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Baron Grim

Heh, the heftiest book I own is the ironically titled _Handbook of Chemistry and Physics_. I've got the 68th edition which, according to an eBay description is 2440 pages weighing in at 103.7 Oz. (nearly 6.5 lbs)


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Pierre de la Mer ~ sometimes slightly worried but never panicking ~

smiley - pggb An old friend gave me his copy of 'The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide' in 1999. Later I purchased 'The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide'.
My collection also includes 'The Salmon of Doubt' , 'Starship Titanic', two Dirk Gently novels, 'Last Chance to See', ' The Meaning of Liff', 'The Deeper Meaning of Liff' and a DVD of the muchly debated film smiley - ok


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Baron Grim

I have all of those, and the Starship Titanic Game, DVDs of the original TV series, CDs of the all 6 radio series, the 10th anniversary issue of the Radio Scripts and a few years ago, I bought 1st edition (US) hardbacks of all the books I didn't buy when they were first released (most of them actually, come to think of it since I bought most of them when I was too young/broke to afford hardbacks).


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

I had an anthology of the first four Hitchhiker books, but it seems to have gone missing.


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Baron Grim

That would have been the "More Than Compleat" version, right?


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

I think it was this:

http://www.shakespeareandsons.com/products/the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-a-trilogy-in-four-parts


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Baron Grim

Ah, nice. I don't think I've ever seen that. Was it a British release?


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

"Mostly harmless" was so bleak and unsatisfying that I sent a letter critical of it to Douglas Adams. I mean, why bother to bring him back to Earth just to wipe him out along with all other copies of Earth in all parallel universes?

Colin Eoin's sixth book was no better.

Has anyone tried to mop this mess up in the last ten years? If so, where can I find their version? I heard something vague about Zarniwoop's window, and the whole post-restaurant action being in a simulated universe that wasn't the real one. Can anyone enlighten me?


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Pierre de la Mer ~ sometimes slightly worried but never panicking ~

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Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Baron Grim

There's nothing that's official. The Eoin Colfer book was the end of the authorized story. I'm sure there's lots of "fan-fic" out there that tries. As far as the Zarniwoop alternate universe, that closed after Zaphod meets Zarniwoop on the ship stuck waiting for lemon soaked napkins and Zarniwoop informs Zaphod that the Heart of Gold is in his pocket.


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

Nowadays in this universe, being stuck in an airplane with people not wearing masks would be considered little short of torture.


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Prof Animal Chaos.C.E.O..err! C.E.Idiot of H2G2 Fools Guild (Official).... A recipient of S.F.L and S.S.J.A.D.D...plus...S.N.A.F.U.

Not got the book, but got the full BBC series of it and also the "part" updated film of it. But the tv series was the bestsmiley - smiley


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

I agree


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Baron Grim

Nope. While I love the TV show, the books were the best part of it for me. The TV show still suffered from that "British Sci-fi look" from that era. While American shows spent a lot of money on effects and a few sets and locations, British shows spent their money on having multiple sets and locations, so the set dressing and special effects suffered. But the books really grabbed me because of DNA's writing style and wonderful imagination. I still remember when I read that part (damn my memory, I can't remember at the moment, which book) where the first or second paragraph of a chapter was maybe two very long and convolute run-on sentences followed by instructions to go back, read the paragraph over and it will all make sense... and it DID! I laughed out loud alone in my bedroom. It was like he broke the fourth wall in a book! I loved all the odd little asides that don't show up in the films and TV, the quirky little stories and details. I just get more out of the books.


Announcement 2021-10-12: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Book is 42 today!

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

I like that description, BG. smiley - laugh I enjoyed the radio show AND the books very much, pretty much the way you said.

There are a number of graduates of a certain college in the US in the 1990s who will never forget the Deep Thought '42' episode of that series, though - I showed it to them as their introduction to the 'Great Books' course. 'Now,' I said. 'Let's go find some questions.'


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