Life, the Universe and EverythingBook - 1982
--The Philadelphia Inquirer
The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads--so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.
They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered space and time traveler, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend, who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vicepresident of the Campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behavior; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the Universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.
How will it all end? Will it end? Only this stalwart crew knows as they try to avert "universal" Armageddon and save life as we know it--and don't know it!
"ADAMS IS ONE OF THOSE RARE TREASURES: an author who, one senses, has as much fun writing as one has reading."
--The Arizona Daily Star
Baker & Taylor
The third installment of the zany Hitchhiker series finds Arthur Dent, reluctant space and time traveler, and his wacky entourage on a mission to prevent the destruction of the universe by killer robots. Reissue.
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The universe is big enough and old enough to look after itself for a while
“My doctor says that I have a malformed public-duty gland and a natural deficiency in moral fibre and that I am therefore excused from saving universes.”
“He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.”
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Continuing off the ending of The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect are still stranded in time on pre-historic Earth. Luckily, Ford notices disturbances in the “space-time” wash and they are able to travel forward in time to a cricket game by catching a ride on a Chesterfield sofa. At the game, white robots suddenly appear and steal the Ashes (the burnt remains of a cricket stump). Slartibartfast is also at the cricket game and whisks Arthur and Ford away on his ship. He explains that the robots are from Krikkit and they need to be stopped from finding more pieces of the Wicket Gate lest they open the Slo-Time Envelope and cause the destruction of the Universe. Can Arthur and Ford save the Universe as they know it? What other crazy things will happen?
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