August Meetup [Sci-Fi & Fantasy]: Douglas Adams' 'The Hitchhiker's Guide' (1979)

The theme this month is Sci-Fi & Fantasy and the winner is:


Douglas Adams' 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' (1979)


This was nominated by one of our organizers Anne and here's why:


"This is possibly my most loved book ever, and more than anything else I've ever read I feel it really is one of those books everyone should read in their lifetime. I laughed, I cried and I jumped for joy, simply it's awesome! :)

Please give me an excuse to read this book again :)

The Guardian info is as follows:

"Originating as a BBC radio series in 1978, Douglas Adams's inspired melding of hippy-trail guidebook and sci-fi comedy turned its novelisations into a publishing phenomenon. Douglas wrote five parts from 1979 onwards (the first sold 250,000 in three months), introducing the world to Marvin the Paranoid Android, the computer Deep Thought, space guitarist Hotblack Desiato (named after Adams's local estate agent) and the Guide itself, a remarkably prescient forerunner to the internet."
Andrew Pulver

Wikipedia Entry:'s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy


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As an experiment this month we have restricted the RSVP settings so members will only be able to RSVP one month before the actual date of the meet-up.

Don't worry we will still nominate & vote well in advance to give everyone a heads up about the book we will be reading.


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  • Charlotte L.

    Enjoyed hearing everyone's views. Given that I was not a fan, a good evening discussing the book and its possible messages made the read worthwhile.

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Rhian W.

    Had a great the diversity of opinions and view points

    August 14, 2013

  • Lorraine

    Really enjoyed the club last night - good discussions, lots of laughs and No.42 - thanks to all organisers :-)

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Anne

    What a great way to spend an evening, with lots of lovely people & chatting about my favourite book :)

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really enjoyed last night. I don't think I've stayed till 9:30 before... hehe

    1 · August 14, 2013

  • iain

    The two mice looked at each other, then back to the flashing red data streams on the giant screens."What is that" ? said one, "the Chiswick Book Night " replied the other.

    In a corner, a mouse at a console quietly sobbed...................:-))

    2 · August 14, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Sorry, I have to bail tonight, though that's prob a good thing really as I read the book many years ago, didn't have time to re-read it for this, so it's all a bit of a blur as to what on earth (or space) actually happened in it!

    August 13, 2013

    • Helen L.

      It's difficult to refuse a plan where I go home with Richard Armitage... But I fly to Cyprus on Saturday! Any chance you can do Friday night? Trade you for dollhouse season 2...

      August 13, 2013

    • Jennifer

      supposed to be seeing my mum then, let me see if I can swap days - I'll text you tomorrow - have fun tonight!

      August 13, 2013

  • Billie T.

    Sorry I can't go, have to work late. Loved the book though!

    August 13, 2013

  • Ben H.

    Hey sorry but have not read the book this time. Hope you all have a great evening. See you in September.

    August 13, 2013

  • iain

    Hoorah we've reached 42- now what was the question ?

    1 · August 13, 2013

  • Ravinder G.

    Regrettably will be unable to attend.

    August 12, 2013

  • Graham P.

    Apologies, can't make it now

    August 10, 2013

  • iain

    48 RSVPS eh - shouldn't we be limiting the RSVP's to 42 ?

    July 31, 2013

  • Silvia J.

    I've been meaning to read The Hitchhicker's Guide for months now, one of my best friends can't stop recommending it! :)

    July 30, 2013

  • Tamzin D.

    Thanks for the invite but the book is not my cup of tea :-)

    July 20, 2013

  • Simona

    I really enjoyed reading this book! I'm looking forward to share thoughts on it.

    July 16, 2013

  • Ana R.

    Looking forward to meet new people

    July 14, 2013

  • Mathew

    I've just moved to London so excited about meeting ya'll and talking about space!

    July 12, 2013

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