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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

les quatre images qui composent les quatres couvertures de l'édition du temps où la trilogie comportait quatre livres.

econds 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 The Hitch Hiker'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 their journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitch Hiker's Guide "A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have" and a galaxy-full of fellow travellers: 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 ball-point pens he has bought over the years.

ISBN: 0345391802
PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books

audio cassette
ISBN: 1558002731
PUBLISHER: Dove Books Audio
NOTES: Read by Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

acing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle through space powered by pure improbability - and desperately in search of a place to eat. Among Arthur's motley shipmates are Ford Prefect, a long-time friend and contributor to the The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the three-armed, two-headed ex-president of the galaxy; Tricia McMilan, a fellow Earth refuge who's gone native (her name is Trillian now); and Marvin, who suffers nothing and no one gladly.

ISBN: 0345391810
PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books

Life, The Universe and Everything

he unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads - so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals stand between the killer robots of Krikkit and their goals of annihilation. They are Arthur Dent, a mild mannered space and time traveller, who tries to learn how to fly by throwing himself at the ground and missing; Ford Prefect, his best friend who decides to go insane to see if he likes it; Slartibartfast, the indomitable vice president of the campaign for Real Time, who travels in a ship powered by irrational behaviour; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the two-headed, three-armed ex-head honcho of the universe; and Trillian, the sexy space cadet who is torn between a persistent Thunder God and a very depressed Beeblebrox.

ISBN: 0345391829
PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books

So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish

ncluding everything you wanted to know about the first three books but never thought to ask. "HE LOST ALL FAITH IN THE STRAIGHTFORWARD OPERATION OF CAUSE AND EFFECT THE DAY HE GOT UP INTENDING TO CATCH UP WITH SOME READING AND ENDED UP ON A PREHISTORIC EARTH WITH A MAN FROM BETELGEUSE AND A SPACESHIP-LOAD OF ALIEN TELEPHONE SANITISERS...". Left at the end of LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING with the address for God's Final Message To His Creation, Arthur Dent let this crucial information slip his mind. He tries everything to jog his memory - meditation, mind-reading, hitting himself about the head with blunt objects. But none of it works. Of course, as everyone knows, the answer lies in making life flash before your eyes...

ISBN: 0671745530
PUBLISHER: Pocket Books

Mostly Harmless

he fifth part of the increasingly inaccurately named Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. It's easy to become disheartened when your planet has been demolished for an unnecessary hyperspacial express route, the woman you love has vanished in a misunderstanding about the nature of space/time, the spaceship in which you are travelling crashed in flames on a remote and Bob-fearing planet, and all you have to fall back on are a few sandwich-making skills. However, instead of becoming disheartened, Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life a bit and immediately all hell breaks loose.

ISBN: 0345379330
PUBLISHER: Ballantine Books

The Original Radio Scripts

t's all here - ARTHUR DENT's cosmic trek through the universe in its original form as Douglas Adams first conceived it! - with FORD PREFECT, Arthur's best buddy and cohort; ZAPHOD BEEBLEBROX, two-headed, three-armed ex-honcho of the universe; SLARTIBARTFAST, award-winning coastline designer; MARVIN, the paranoid android; and all the outrageous places and momentous events you're fanatically devoted to. But that's not all! You also get: Douglas Adams' worldly words "Where do you get all your ideas from?"; Characters that have never before appeared in any other Hitch Hiker medium; Previously censored material about the production of the radio show that tell how the sound effects were created. Now you can read along with reruns of the show! Or, even better, you can put on performances of your own!

ISBN: 0330292889

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - The Adventure Game

he Infocom adventure is rightly remembered as a classic of its time - the mere mention of Babel Fish or intelligent doors still provokes nervous reactions in those who regularly stayed up until the early hours trying to defeat the fiendish puzzles. It was one of the best-selling games of 1985, shifting over 250,000 copies that year alone! It also won many "Game Of The Year" awards from various magazines and organisations, and is still remembered as one of the best (if not the best) pieces of interactive fiction ever produced. If you're very, very lucky, you might uncover a copy of the aptly-named "Lost Treasures Of Infocom" compendium, which includes HHG.

The game can currently be found online at the Comic Relief website.



Le Monde tordu et délirant de Douglas Adams avec la grande complicité de Jean Bonnefoy, le traducteur de cette saga qui a magnifiquement fait vivre tout ce petit monde.


Arthur Accroc : Héros terrien de l'histoire.
Zappy Bibicy : Président de la Galaxie, héros de l'histoire et cousin de Ford Escort.
Oolon Colluphid : auteur de "Eh bien, voilà qui règle enfin la question de Dieu".
Ford Escort : Routard galactique et héros de l'histoire.
Grommelos le Flatulent : Maître Azgoth, poète et auteur de l'ode "à la boulette de mastic vert trouvée sous mon aisselle par un riant matin d'été" et de l'épopée en douze volumes "Florilèges de mes gargouillis dans ma baignoire". .
Marvin : Androïde maniaco-dépressif et compagnon de route de nos héros.
Sahlu-légat vogon Sthyr : Chef des vogons destructeurs de planètes.
Saloprilopette : Mégrathmoileux constructeur de planète en général et de fjords en particulier.
Trillian : Héroïne terrienne de l'histoire, anciennement Tricia Mc Millan, amie de Zappy bibicy.


Azgoths de Kria : Second peuple au classement de l'exécrabilité en matière de poésie devant les Vogons.
Dentrassis : peuple gourmand, cuisinier et préparateur de cocktails.
Poisson Babel : Poisson qui, introduit dans l'oreille, permet la compréhension de toutes les langues.
Téraroplapla Eccentrica : Prostituée à trois seins d'Eroticon Six.
Vogon : Race particulièrement stupide et avide de destruction. Leurs poèmes sont des armes redoutables.


Alpha du Centaure : Endroit où l'avis de destruction de la Terre était affiché.
Damogra : Lieu méconnu où se situe le Cœur-en-or.
Jagran Bêta : Lunes glaciales.
Karafon : Monde désert.
Santraginus V : Planète célèbre pour ses plages irisées.
Terre : Planète globalement inoffensive

Catastrophes naturelles

Grande Chute Catastrophique des Chveuhs : Catastrophe qui balaya les communautés praxibétèles de Bételgeuse.

Autres bizareries

Arrache-boyaux pan-galactique : Meilleure boisson alcoolisée d'après le Guide du routard galactique.
Guide du routard galactique : Guide permettant de surivire dans l'Univers avec 30 dollars altaïens.
Matelas Coinslab-Huhlbeux : matelas équipant les vaisseaux vogons.
Paralyso-Matic : Bombe paralysante.
Pouce Electronique : Sorte de bâton noir mat, court et trapu.
Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic : Détecteur de vaisseau appartenant à Ford Escort.