Friday, January 16, 2009


I finally got around to reading this one and I'm so glad I did. It's a blast! It's a pretty old back, published back in the 1970's, back when even female Science Fiction writers only wrote stories with male protagonists because no one wanted to believe girls were a force to be reckoned with in the genre. And so the protagonists are guys, and kind of old guys at that. Nevertheless, it's definitely a fun read.
Ford was stranded on Earth for fifteen years while on assignment, conducting research for an expanded version of that all-important, intergalactic bestseller, THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY. Unfortunately, his opportunity to hitch a new ride out of the solar system doesn't come until some interstellar developers arrive to raze down the Earth to make way from an express lane. He gets aboard via the starship's cooks who love to annoy the ship's crew by letting on hitchhikers. And he takes one of his human friends, Arthur, with him.
Of course, Arthur's more than a little freaked out about being on a spaceship and knowing Earth's been blown up. And it's not like Ford asked him if he wanted to bum around the galaxy with him. He thinks having a little yellow fish stuck in his ear to help him understand languages is freaky too, but then the ship's boorish captain finds out the hitchhiker's are on board. Ford says they can handle being put off the ship, even if it means directly into space, but if the Captain starts spouting poetry they're in deep Tribble poo!
This is an old and popular book, so you should be able to find it at any good library or used bookstore. Cover art will vary. With Fun & Adventure scarce in the Science Fiction New Releases nowadays, this is a must-read for anyone who needs a break.

1 comment:

Christine said...

This is one of my favorite books of all time. It's my humor all the way. I don't know if you heard, but there's another book in the series coming out written by Eoin Colfer. I'm not sure if I want to read it though because I'm not the biggest fan of the Artemis Fowl series.