Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Daily Booktalk: #tbt - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

It's time for #tbt, Summer Readers! You've heard about books that have been made into movies, right? Our very own So B. It by Sarah Weeks is releasing into theaters in October. Have you ever heard of a book that was first a radio show? In 1978, the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) aired a six-part show called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. In 1989, its creator, Douglas Adams, published the story of Arthur Dent, rescued from Earth's destruction by alien, Ford Prefect. Indeed, the two hitchhike off of Earth on a Vogon spaceship. The very aliens who destroyed Earth to make way for a hyperspace bypass. Ironically, this happened just as hapless Arthur Dent was standing down a construction crew about to demolish his own house. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is book one of a five-book "trilogy" and it's absolutely hilarious. A movie version from 2005 is floating around and not bad. Sadly, Douglas Adams died of a heart attack at age 49 in 2001.

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