The recording was open to anyone wishing to attend, and was publicised on the internet, including in a post to the Usenet group alt. The first version of the song "So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish" is a Broadway-style, lively version sung by the dolphins before they leave Earth.
The second plays over the end credits and is in the style of Smooth jazz. Neil Hannon , founder and frontman of the Irish pop group The Divine Comedy , of which Talbot is a former member, lent his vocals to the version of the song played during the ending credits. A reworked version of the theme from the television adaptation was also included in the score. Both a standard double disc edition and a UK-exclusive "Gift Set" edition were released on this date.
The standard double disc edition features:. The "Gift Set" edition includes a copy of the novel with a "movie tie-in" cover, and collectible prints from the film, packaged in a replica of the film's version of the Hitchhiker's Guide prop. They have a different cover, but contain the same special features except the Don't Crash documentary as the UK version. Single disc releases in the UMD format for the PlayStation Portable were also released on the respective dates in these three countries.
The movie was made available as a paid download in the iTunes Store starting in September , for the American market only. A region-free Blu-ray Disc version was released in January From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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Adams' impact of how presenting artificial intelligence can be found too in another novel of Doctor Who , Festival of Death by Jonathan Morris, where the author showed how well he learned Adams' lessons. Resistance is useless! I believe that Douglas Adams' involvement in the production of the iconic British sci-fi TV series Doctor Who as script editor and writer of three stories, it was fated since I found remarkable similarities on the premises of both works, this novel and the TV series.
Both has a peculiar fellow who stole certain machine and along with companions is travelling around. So, it wouldn't a surprise that he got some inspiration since Doctor Who was widely known since specially on its native country, England. Of course, his participation on another British TV institution like Monty Python's Flying Circus was a relevant point for Adams to explode his humoristic potential. To boldly split infinitives that no man had split before It's possible that people unfamiliar with Adams' work could think that since this is a novel with comedy, they could think that it can't be a "serious" science-fiction book.
However, the brilliance of this novel is its capacity of offering smart humor while using scientific concepts like the theory of faster-than-light objects. Even you won't be able to fight against his priceless explanation behind the UFOs' sightings. Without spoiling anything, I think that my only reason of getting off a star in my rating of this great novel was its lacking a proper closure.
I understand that this the first book in a trilogy of five books yes, you read correctly, it wasn't a mistake so the adventures and mysteries will continue in the second book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. However, it was quite unsettling when you are having the time of your life reading it and the book just stopped to have words. I describe it like that since I didn't feel an ending. It was indeed just like the impossibility of not finding more words in the book. What I can give to Adams is that that was quite improbable but in my opinion, quite unlikely way to just "ending" this book.
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I hated this book. It was required in one of my English Lit. The time spent reading this book is time that I will never get back. I think this book may have shortened my life; it was such a waste of time. View all 56 comments. Jul 11, Evgeny rated it it was ok. A disclaimer: I don't have no sense of humor!!! Together this dynamic pair begin a jou A disclaimer: I don't have no sense of humor!!! Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space. I did not find the book funny at all please see the disclaimer. It is either that I do not know what funny is - even if it hits me on the head, or is is not my kind of humor.
The Earth and everything on it gets destroyed? I did not even smile. The only two survivors did not care about the fact at all? I was not even mildly amused.
I can go on. I understand that the book is silly and humorous, so I do not ask for any character development, or anything resembling a plot, or any deep philosophy about reason or mind. However remove the humor from such a novel like in my hopeless case - please see the disclaimer and you will be left with exactly nothing at all. This is my second attempt to read the series; the first time was quite a while ago and I actually found it a little better than it appeared now. The only reason I gave it two stars was out of respect for its status of a classic of science fiction and its influence.
I do not get Douglas Adams' humor please see the disclaimer. I suck - I know this, so do not bother commenting about it. View all 35 comments. Arthur Dent is having a bad day his home is being demolished, a new highway bypass is needed progress you know, it's for his own good On the bright side by the way , it does not matter either.
Earth too will no longer be, soon just billions of inconsequential floating pieces scattered throughout the cosmos, no one left to remember. The powers of the galaxy have decided this little insignificant, dull planet at the edge of the Milky Way must go. A byperspatial express Arthur Dent is having a bad day his home is being demolished, a new highway bypass is needed progress you know, it's for his own good A byperspatial express route is being built, Earth is in the path no big deal to the rest of the universe, just a few souls disappear think of the convenience to others , people His friend drops by, Mr.
Ford Prefect and finds Arthur lying in the mud in front of the bulldozers, and asks him what's new? And can he go to the local pub for a drink, they must talk Seems okay to Dent, but first the intelligent man gets a gentleman's solemn sacred promise, from a bureaucrat who shall remain nameless , that his house will still be standing when he gets back.
Even has Mr. Prosser, replace him in the dirt I can never keep a secret.
After a few drinks which relaxes Arthur, Ford tell's his friend he's an alien from a another planet in the vicinity of the great star Betelgeuse, just light-years away. Dent always thought Prefect was an eccentric man but this being England, perfectly permissible, goes on to explain he's a researcher for something called, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". A weird sound emulates from the outside disrupting this enlightening discussion, Arthur jumps up runs out the door and sees that there are no more gentlemen in the world now.
Home gone, but the over excited man starts calling the wrecking crew unkind names.
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Such language I will not repeat them, in mixed company, besides this is a family site. People should be calm, always calm nothing to be concerned about, remember you are English Looking up, odd yellow streaks in the sky Dent wonders, Ford did say the Earth would be destroyed today but he is strange Stiff upper lip But something is occurring, though. Ford arrives and the noise level rises also A short time later the waking, Dent Dent, comes to in the dark in an alien spaceship , one of those that vaporized his not quite beloved planet, with Ford there Evil green, and very ugly aliens the Vogons who like to torture people by reciting bad poetry, I mean really bad Vogon poetry, resulting in captives welcoming death, rather than listen to another word Captain Jeltz hates hitchhikers, and Ford had a devise to enter the ship, secretly.
But the clever friends say they loved the excruciating poem, of the captain's; obvious lying, the angry poet has the two rudely thrown off the craft into space, without They can hold their breaths for thirty seconds, so don't worry A miracle, on the 29th second, they're saved by the President of the galaxy , in a stolen vessel. And the runaway politician surprisingly not exactly honest , Zaphod Beeblebrox is on board, so is his two heads and three arms, with his girlfriend Trillian and Marvin, the paranoid robot, don't talk to it, he's very depressing, you would want to crush him, with your bare hands As the semi cousin what's that?
All the galaxy, are after the Heart of Gold, the new spaceship which can cross the Milky Way, in a flash, on ship the greedy, seek the legendary, lost and fabulously rich planet, Magratha. In the vastness of the whole endless Universe everything's is possible, except an android like Marvin Remember the Guide's motto, "Don't Panic" View all 20 comments.
Shelves: to-readpriority , own-paperback , humor , ratedstars , read , science-fiction , all-the-books-i-own , movie-adaptation-seen , reviewed , year Fine, because the rest of Douglas Adams' famous novel includes many more of those humorous elements. I have a very difficult personal history with Sci-Fi novels; some of them I could appreciate but not enjoy; some I could appreciate but got bored with them very quickly; but The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was the first Sci-Fi novel which ever made me simultaneously appreciate, enjoy and even love the book.
Wait a minute! But Douglas Adams didn't only attempt and succeed to write this groundbreaking approach to the science fiction genre, he was also able to make you think a lot about several important questions: What is the meaning of life? Why do we live? Why do we die? What is the meaning of the Universe? Adams intentionally answers these questions in rather absurd ways, mainly because it is impossible to find ultimate answers and definitions for these topics. But those are all questions everyone has already asked themselves, and Adams isn't afraid to tackle them in a way that the reader can't help but laugh about it.
But don't be mistaken, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is probably not the best book you will ever find, it is probably not going to make you cry because of its emotional intensity, it is probably not going to keep you on the edge of your seat due to its ming-bogglingly suspenseful plot. Adams' book is rather an episodic account of several random adventures in the cosmic space, and for me it was mostly Adams' writing style which it was impossible to resist. He lures his readers into the story and before you even realize it, you are probably already laughing. And don't forget to bring your towel!
View all 48 comments. Not sure what it was about this book that made me not like it as much as I was hoping. Before I actually read it, lots of my friends recommended it and the cool, edgy people all loved it basically, the hipsters of the 90s! Perhaps that was the famous dry British humor? Also, it felt like Adams was trying to incl Not sure what it was about this book that made me not like it as much as I was hoping.
Also, it felt like Adams was trying to include a joke in every sentence. I started to think that perhaps the TV show and the text adventure streamlined the humor and made it more accessible to me. I do think that a lot of people will like this one and sing its praises - and you don't even need to be cool and edgy! But if you like your British humor in controlled, coherent doses, you may have the same experience as me.
View all 25 comments. This is a wholly remarkable book. You can buy a copy at the bookstore, download it from Kindle, or check it out at the library. Go ahead, leave work, duck out of school, cancel that appointment and just read and enjoy. Tell them Dr. Johnny Fever has prescribed this and it is necessary for your health. View all 8 comments.
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Jan 07, Tucker rated it really liked it Recommended to Tucker by: Google. Shelves: aliens , classic , future , , adventure , good-vs-evil , adult , audiobook , contemporary , disappointing. What a weird little book. Something I'll do, almost immediately after finishing a book, is Google the heck out of the genre it belongs to. For example, after finishing Furiously Happy, I wanted to find a book that would make me laugh as much as it did. When in doubt, turn to Google. I have googled "most funny books" , "funny fiction books" and " comedy books".
Each time, this was one of the top results. But also because Goo What a weird little book. But also because Google is shoving it down my throat. I'm still not totally sure how I feel about it. I keet waffling. One chapter, I'd be laughing and thinking I would definitely rate it 5 Stats but the next, I would be bored and wanted to rate it 3.
I decided on 3. This book is described as sci-fi AND comedy. A very very weird combo. I like both of those genres separately but together they were just weird. I love chocolate and I love grilled cheese but would I put them together? Heck, no. Well, I might but I've been known to have weird food combos. Cheese and chocolate. Eggs and syrup. Apple's and chips. Aside from the genres, the plot was very creative. They story open a with the end. The end of earth. Two aliens and two aliens the travel the Universe and hilarity ensues.
That's all fine and good but then the book just ended. I can only describe at as like when your walking and reading and you run into a wall and your nose gets all scraped up. I loved the idea and the humor. View all 11 comments. I'm giving it a 3, which means I still liked it This was a book club selection from about 6 or 7 years ago. We agreed to read just the first one in the series. And it was the first science-fiction novel we took on. I was excited. Several had already read it but wanted to again.
I'm generally a fan of crazy humor. I love Spaceballs, the movie. I kinda liken it to that, but for some reason, this wasn't as funny as I felt everyone said it was. Tons of laughs. Many great lines. The characters were memorable.
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I'm pretty sure there are a few movie or cartoon adaptions of it. And I honestly would recommend that everyone read it -- even non SF fans. There are parts you will totally enjoy. But it's hard to get into for a non-SF reader right from the beginning. My first reactions were "Oh that's not possible Very imaginative. Lots of cool commentary on life as other people would see it.
A fair approach for someone new to the universe, so to speak. I may go back and read it now that I'm older and have read a few other SF and fantasy books. I'm curious About Me For those new to me or my reviews I write A LOT. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Apr 28, carol.
Shelves: favorites , my-library , sci-fi , classic , humor , audio. Fry has the perfect 'narrator' voice, and I generally enjoyed most of his character voices. Ford Prefect often has a rakish tone, his reading of Arthur Dent is note-perfect clueless, and Zaphod Beeblebrox has a deliciously smarmy confidence. It was a bit of a revelation to find Marvin more amusing in audio than when I read the book, although I feel like Fry might have given him a tad too much despondent enthusiasm.
Look Inside. Apr 30, ISBN Sep 29, ISBN Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe The moment before annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat. Life, the Universe and Everything The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky— so they plan to destroy it.
The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination.