Nerdy Bookclub - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction "trilogy" by Douglas Adams (with the sixth written by Eoin Colfer).  The novel is an adaptation of the first four parts of Adams' radio series of the same name.  The novel was first published in London on 12 October 1979.  It sold 250,000 copies in the first three months.  

From Amazon: "Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.  Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow travelers: Zaphod Beeblebrox--the two-headed, three-armed ex-hippie and totally out-to-lunch president of the galaxy; Trillian, Zaphod's girlfriend (formally Tricia McMillan), whom Arthur tried to pick up at a cocktail party once upon a time zone; Marvin, a paranoid, brilliant, and chronically depressed robot; Veet Voojagig, a former graduate student who is obsessed with the disappearance of all the ballpoint pens he bought over the years.  Where are these pens? Why are we born? Why do we die? Why do we spend so much time between wearing digital watches?  For all the answers stick your thumb to the stars..."

For this meetup, everyone is required to bring a towel.  You’ll know why after you read the book.  We are only reading the first book of the five/six book trilogy.  It is a very easy read.  Stay tuned for further details regarding this event as I begin my quest for a new venue. 

Please do not RSVP unless you 110% positive you will attend.  I think this will be a very popular book. 

Happy Reading!

UPDATE RE LOCATION:  So we'll be meeting in the field next to Con Pane for this huge book club meetup.  You can grab something from the bankery before hand if you like.  Plenty of bathrooms around here and good eats.  I was also thinking Stone Brewery in their back grassy area, so I reserve the right to update to that location if I so desire.  So check back before attending.   See you soon!

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  • Kevin

    Thank you to those who suggested and supported discussing this Guide. That was quite the enlightening and stimulating discussion of topics rarely explored before 3am. Who knew we could be so philosophical without the catalyst of sleep deprivation? A rare treat indeed.

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • TeeBee

    Thanks to Jim for his organizer goodness, and thanks to all for some awesome convo!

    2 · March 31, 2014

  • Kirstin

    Great conversation and insights! Thanks, everyone!

    4 · March 30, 2014

  • Marisol

    Great event Jim thanks!

    4 · March 30, 2014

  • Susie

    Such a fun book, and the perfect people to discuss it with! I think the planes were kind of cool. :)

    4 · March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jim
    Where exactly are you guys?

    March 30, 2014

    • cody

      In the grass across from the address

      March 30, 2014

    • Mike

      We're in a big circle near the giant American flag.

      March 30, 2014

  • Siddhartha

    They've blocked off the street in front of my flat for some kind of parade, and won't let vehicles out of the garage till 3pm, so it looks like a day of biking for me.

    March 30, 2014

    • James M.

      Darn it Sid. I forgot your book. I am going to have to bring it to you tonight or I will keep forgetting. All of you never let me borrow books!

      March 30, 2014

    • Siddhartha

      Heh, that's all right. Some other time.

      March 30, 2014

  • James M.

    We'll be under the trees across the street from Con Pane. Tons of street parking around, but busy. We are at Con Pane now getting food and will sit down in about 10 minutes outside on our towels. What a beautiful day! I was able to convince the Vogons to postpone the destruction of the world till next Tuesday. You would not believe how much paper work I had to fill out.

    March 30, 2014

  • Sandy aka The Bubbly O.

    Just got bumped in off waitlist and wish I could go. Headed to OC for a big wine event. Do this book again, please? Have fun without me :-)

    March 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Something came up just now, and I doubt I'll be able to make it. Quite sorry.

    March 30, 2014

  • Sandy aka The Bubbly O.

    Pls do this book again. I read the trilogy 15 years ago and my copies are in storage. I'll be gone Sunday, but would love to do a meetup on this book again for anyone who couldn't make this date, or is on the waiting list.

    March 29, 2014

  • James M.

    The Questions: First, every time someone says 42 you have to take a drink. I don't care what, but you have to drink something. 1. What can anyone learn from reading Hitchhiker’s? Is there a message here for everyone? Besides everyone, who should this book be required reading for?

    2. The two most famous messages from the book are to always keep a towel with you and "don't panic." What are the possible best uses for the towel in any imaginable situation? Do you agree that it is perhaps the best thing to have with you in a sticky situation? When is it appropriate to panic?

    1 · March 28, 2014

    • James M.

      5. What did you find most humorous from the book? From the series if you have read it? Did you have any laugh out loud moments like me? Do you appreciate British humor, and if so, do you think this was a good example? If you didn’t like this book’s humor, is there any kind of British humor that you do enjoy? What do you all recommend as the penultimate examples of British humor? How about the best obscure?

      6. I know we’ve had this discussion before, but humor me. Is this what aliens will be like? Everything from the non-oxygen breathing to mice? Does most science fiction go wrong with all the humanoids?

      7. Why Arthur Dent?

      March 28, 2014

    • James M.

      8. Does the book, or the series, have any meaningful message for people of faith? What does the existence of extraterrestrial life mean for most religions? Can they coexist? What do you think would happen if we were able to prove the existence of life in the universe besides our own? What if the life was only microbial everywhere else? What if it was only more intelligent/more advanced? 9. Slartibartfast says he would “far rather be happy than right any day.” Do you think this is a good perspective to have on life? Why? What are the long-term difficulties with this approach?

      Besides 42, what would be your answer to “Life, the Universe and Everything?”

      March 28, 2014

  • Rob

    So if it's out on the lawn, do we need to bring some sort of chairs, or do they have something setup already?

    March 27, 2014

    • cody

      The ground is a chair!

      March 27, 2014

    • James M.

      Don't forget to bring your towel! Bring a chair if you don't want to sit on the ground I guess.

      1 · March 28, 2014

  • Nick D.

    Just finished.

    March 23, 2014

  • Kirstin

    Can I still come if the only thing I do is play the text based adventure game? http://www.douglasadams.com/creations/infocomjava.html

    (I read the book... in 1994...ish...)

    February 24, 2014

    • James M.

      Have you tried the new version?

      March 17, 2014

    • Kirstin

      Not yet. I'd go west to my house to try it, but there's a window there.

      March 17, 2014

  • James M.

    The BBC has released a 30th anniversary edition of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy text adventure:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-hitchhiker-s-guide-to-the-galaxy-game-30th-anniversary-edition

    3 · March 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I Jim I promise whether I finish the book or not I will come this time! (it helps that I've already read this book!)

    2 · March 9, 2014

  • Nick D.

    Sounds like fun.

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Lauren

    Finally an excuse for me to finish it!! :D Now to finish my current book to start in on where I left off on this one... hmm... gonna be a book-heavy month -- and I'm totally okay with that.

    1 · February 24, 2014

  • TeeBee

    I promise not to bring fish.

    1 · February 24, 2014

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