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FREE EPUB ⚶ Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis ⚝ VorJahren wurde von einem der gr ten Verlage Ursa Minors und der Erde das bemerkenswerteste Buch, das je ver ffentlicht wurde, der Menschheit zug nglich gemacht Per Anhalter durch die GalaxisF r Arthur Dent ist es ein ganz normaler Donnerstag, bis sein Haus von Planierraupen niedergewalzt wird Kurz darauf wird allerdings auch die gesamte Erde von einem vogonischen Bautrupp plattgemacht, weil sie einer Hyperraum Umgehungsstra e weichen muss Aber da hat sich Arthurs bester Freund schon l ngst als Alien entpuppt, und sie sausen durchs Weltall mit nichts als ihren Badet chern und einem harmlos wirkenden Buch, auf dem in gro en, freundlichen Buchstaben KEINE PANIK steht Und dabei hat das Wochenende gerade erst angefangen DauerMin Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is an entertaining romp through the galaxy It s a book I ve read several times first in high school however, after reading Kurt Vonnegut s most overtly science fiction novel, The Sirens of Titan, it almost felt like a fresh experience Of course, Vonnegut and Adams are very different writers Still, the influence of Vonnegut is evident in Adams seminal novel of nerd culture The absurdity of the human condition explored in Sirens somethin Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy is an entertaining romp through the galaxy It s a book I ve read several times first in high school however, after reading Kurt Vonnegut s most overtly science fiction novel, The Sirens of Titan, it almost felt like a fresh experience Of course, Vonnegut and Adams are very different writers Still, the influence of Vonnegut is evident in Adams seminal novel of nerd culture The absurdity of the human condition explored in Sirens something which Vonnegut refuses to take seriously but can t treat as a punchline either gets a funny and entertaining twist in Adams work While I view Sirens as a better novel, it took Adams to turn that absurdity into such an entertaining adventure The universe is a joke Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes , I knew this to be true and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill treated creature Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it s all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn t seem to mind if you The universe is a joke Even before I was shown the meaning of life in a dream at 17 then promptly forgot it because I thought I smelled pancakes , I knew this to be true and yet, I have always felt a need to search for the truth, that nebulous, ill treated creature Adams has always been, to me, to be a welcome companion in that journey Between the search for meaning and the recognition that it s all a joke in poor taste lies Douglas Adams, and, luckily for us, he doesn t seem to mind if you lie there with him He s a tall guy, but he ll make room.For all his crazed unpredictability, Adams is a powerful rationalist His humor comes from his attempts to really think through all the things we take for granted It turns out it takes littlethan a moment s questioning to burst our preconceptions at the seams, yet rarely does this stop us from treating the most ludicrous things as if they were perfectly reasonable.It is no surprise that famed atheist Richard Dawkins found a friend and ally in Adams What is surprising is that people often fail to see the rather consistent and reasonable philosophy laid out by Adams quips and absurdities His approach is muchpersonable and less embittered than Dawkins , which is why I think of Adams as a better face for rational materialism which is a polite was of saying atheism.Reading his books, it s not hard to see that Dawkins is tired of arguing with uninformed idiots who can t even recognize when a point has actually been made Adams humanism, however, stretched much further than the contention between those who believe, and those who don t.We see it from his protagonists, who are not elitist intellectuals they re not even especially bright but damn it, they re trying By showing a universe that makes no sense and having his characters constantly question it, Adams is subtly hinting that this is the natural human state, and the fact that we laugh and sympathize shows that it must be true.It s all a joke, it s all ridiculous The absurdists might find this depressing, but they re just a bunch of narcissists, anyhow Demanding the world make sense and give you purpose is rather self centered when it already contains toasted paninis, attractive people in bathing suits, and Euler s Identity I say let s sit down at the bar with the rabbi, the priest, and the frog and try to get a song going Or at least recognize that it s okay to laugh at ourselves now and again It s not the end of the world.It s just is a joke, but some of us are in on it Another classic If you don t like this series, you probably put your babel fish in the wrong hole You are the reason that human beings are only the third most intelligent species on earth behind mice and dolphins So long, and thanks for all the fish In my experience, readers either love Adams books or quickly put them down I, for example, quite literally worship the words Adams puts on the page, and have read the Hitchhiker s Trilogy so many times that I have large tracts of it memorized But both my wife and father couldn t get past book one the former because she found it too silly, and the latter because he found the writing to beabout the author s personality than plot and character Whatever.The first three books in the Hitc In my experience, readers either love Adams books or quickly put them down I, for example, quite literally worship the words Adams puts on the page, and have read the Hitchhiker s Trilogy so many times that I have large tracts of it memorized But both my wife and father couldn t get past book one the former because she found it too silly, and the latter because he found the writing to beabout the author s personality than plot and character Whatever.The first three books in the Hitchhiker s Trilogy The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and Life, the Universe and Everything are inspired lunacy The ideas, plots, puns, jokes, and phrases that fill their pages have influenced an entire generation of not only writers, but people from all fields For instance the Babel Fish software that translates foreign websites for you is named after a species of fish that Adams created in book one you can find dozens of recipes online for Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters the chess computer Deep Thought that lost two matches to Gary Kasparov in 1989 was named after a computer in book one and seriously, who hasn t heard that the answer to life, the universe, and everything is 42 Forof these, consult wikipedia.org s entry on The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Cultural References Chances are, if you re reading these books for the first time, you ll be surprised to see how many everyday things were named after Adams creations.The books aren t, of course, without their problems Adams himself admitted that the Trilogy had, and I paraphrase, a long beginning, a long conclusion, and not much in the middle though I can t remember where I read that He was also regularly accused of writing for the sake of cranking out one liners The books as a whole jump about like a manic puppy on methamphetamines, and there are at least a few jokes in there that will completely fly over the heads of any readers who lack a basic comprehension of quantum physics Despite this, the Hitchhiker s Trilogy remains as the single most entertaining and enjoyable series of books I ve ever read a position they ve occupied for some fifteen years Adams wit and wisdom still baffle me in their greatness, and he remains to this day one of only two authors who can regularly, consistently make me howl with laughter the other being Terry Pratchett Readers beware if the Adams bug infects you, you will have it for life And you ll never be sorry you let it bite