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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Illustrated Edition - Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Illustrated Edition

By Douglas Adams

  • Release Date: 1989-09-02
  • Genre: Adventure Sci-Fi
Score: 4.5
From 1,059 Ratings


This beautifully illustrated edition of the New York Times bestselling classic celebrates the 42nd anniversary of the original publication—with all-new art by award-winning illustrator Chris Riddell.
SOON TO BE A HULU SERIES • “An astonishing comic writer.”—Neil Gaiman

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

It’s an ordinary Thursday morning for Arthur Dent . . . until his house gets demolished. The Earth follows shortly after to make way for a new hyperspace express route, and Arthur’s best friend has just announced that he’s an alien.

After that, things get much, much worse.

With just a towel, a small yellow fish, and a book, Arthur has to navigate through a very hostile universe in the company of a gang of unreliable aliens. Luckily the fish is quite good at languages. And the book is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy . . . which helpfully has the words DON’T PANIC inscribed in large, friendly letters on its cover.

Douglas Adams’s mega-selling pop-culture classic sends logic into orbit, plays havoc with both time and physics, offers up pithy commentary on such things as ballpoint pens, potted plants, and digital watches . . . and, most important, reveals the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything.

Now, if you could only figure out the question. . . .


  • I usually don’t read fiction

    By Young Exec
    This is the first fiction book I’ve read in years, it is a classic and as I read I realized how important it is to challenge my brain with pure creativity which this book did.
  • Better than expected

    By CommanderErwin42
    I had a lot of fun reading this book and would definitely consider it a timeless classic.
  • Funny classic

    By vijaykrishnn
    hitchhikers is a classic satirical comedy about existentialism. It’s funny in many parts. My favorite is why dolphins think they are superior to humans for the same reason humans think the opposite. It’s a small book, one can finish in a day if they are not wearied.
  • Bulldozer

    By bass777chick
    Love this book! However, in this edition, it seems that there has been a mistake in that every time there is a word or phrase in italics, instead of what the word or phrase actually is, it just says “bulldozer”. Amusing the first few times, annoying after a while. Please fix!!!
  • Be prepared to be sucked in

    By pdtfo8
    I started reading this book after seeing it referred to for years. It’s a wonderful read that ends much too soon. It ends so soon, that you’ll buy the next book and the one after that. The whole series is head spinning madness but in a good way. The wit and humor is very British, dry and subtle. Read on and most of all, Don’t Panic, unless you’re told to.
  • Amazing book

    By FlickerTheFlamewing227
    I’ve actually been meaning to read this book for a while. I found out about it through a friend’s birthday party around 2 years ago, where we all watched the movie. I think that the author did a good job of adding humor to what could have otherwise been a more bland sci-fi book. A lot of the ideas in it were really interesting. For example, with the babblefish, the concept of a creature that can warp sound waves to the language of the host is really cool (even though it doesn’t make any logical sense). Also the concept of an impossibility drive is a honestly awesome and unique idea. I’d have to say Marvin is probably my most favorite character (both from the book and film) because, well come on, he’s a depressed robot that still can somehow make me smile. Over all I think it’s a really fun book and I definitely advise it if you like sci-fi and/or adventure.
  • A timeless classic!

    By UhOhZombies
    I’ve read many, many books in my life, but none have ever made me laugh out loud the way Douglas Adams’ have. This series is a classic, in all of its forms—radio drama, novelization, television—and this first book is a must-read for anyone who appreciates raucous, irreverent humor.
  • Interesting enough to continue the series

    By Flash Bunny
    I picked up this book to finally explore reason behind the cultural phenomenon it has become. The story starts off pretty interesting, the concepts explored are intriguing, characters are meh, but considering this is part 1 of 5 (or 6), I am looking forward to continue to series.
  • If you haven’t already read this-

    By Mr nopantsdance
    I envy your journey into these pages.
  • :)

    By wolfm2540
    I'm dying of laughter. Instant 42/10. The people that criticize it just don't understand the humor-this is one of the best books I've ever read.