History Literature / TheHitchhikersGuidetotheGalaxy

28th Sep '16 3:16:33 AM LondonKdS
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* DownerEnding: In ''Mostly Harmless''. [[Spoiler:A malevolent plot by a reality-warping entity causes the Guide to be taken over and robbed of its soul by an evil publishing conglomerate, the Earth to be destroyed in every single timeline, and all the regular characters except Zaphod to be killed. Adams later regretted this and intended to retcon it out in a sixth novel, but his real-life death intervened.]]

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* DownerEnding: In ''Mostly Harmless''. [[Spoiler:A [[spoiler:A malevolent plot by a reality-warping entity causes the Guide to be taken over and robbed of its soul by an evil publishing conglomerate, the Earth to be destroyed in every single timeline, and all the regular characters except Zaphod to be killed. Adams later regretted this and intended to retcon it out in a sixth novel, but his real-life death intervened.]]
28th Sep '16 3:16:10 AM LondonKdS
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* DownerEnding: In ''Mostly Harmless''. [[Spoiler:A malevolent plot by a reality-warping entity causes the Guide to be taken over and robbed of its soul by an evil publishing conglomerate, the Earth to be destroyed in every single timeline, and all the regular characters except Zaphod to be killed. Adams later regretted this and intended to retcon it out in a sixth novel, but his real-life death intervened.]]
* HappyEndingOverride: Between ''So Long and Thanks For All the Fish" and "Mostly Harmless", Arthur's true love Fenchurch mysteriously disappears in-universe (it's implied that a hyperspace-travel accident caused Arthur to accidentally jump into a timeline where she never existed).
26th Sep '16 8:02:05 AM MistrDragn
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* LemonyNarrator: A staple of Douglas Adams' work. The fictional guide itself is also written in this style.
10th Jul '16 7:25:11 AM CockroachCharlie
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* TheMeaningOfLife: A machine is fed information to calculate the meaning of life. The answer? [[NonAnswer 42]].

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* TheMeaningOfLife: A machine is fed information to calculate the meaning of life.ultimate answer to life the universe and everything. The answer? [[NonAnswer 42]].
6th Jul '16 1:56:10 AM eroock
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-->-- '''DON'T PANIC.'''

'''''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy''''' is the trilogy-in-six-books by Creator/DouglasAdams, with the sixth book being written by ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'''s Creator/EoinColfer. It began in 1979, as an adaptation of the radio series of the same name, also written by Douglas Adams, but eventually diverged from and expanded on the plot of the original. It's arguably the best-known version of the series.

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'''''The ''The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy''''' Galaxy'' is the trilogy-in-six-books by Creator/DouglasAdams, with the sixth book being written by ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'''s Creator/EoinColfer. It began in 1979, as an adaptation of the radio series of the same name, also written by Douglas Adams, but eventually diverged from and expanded on the plot of the original. It's arguably the best-known version of the series.
25th Jun '16 4:02:53 PM LondonKdS
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* ProphecyArmor: Arthur's encounter with Agrajag leaves him believing that he can't die until he's visited a planet called Stavromulos Beta, where he ducked to avoid being shot and the shot killed Agrajag instead. It turns out to actually be a nightclub on Earth called "Stavro Mueller's Beta".
19th May '16 3:49:43 AM gravious
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-->-- '''DON'T PANIC.'''
16th May '16 3:37:29 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheMeaningOfLife: A machine is fed information to calculate the meaning of life. The answer? [[NonAnswer 42]].
21st Apr '16 12:58:36 AM PaulA
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* UnluckyExtra: Agrajag is an unfortunate soul that happens to reincarnate into incidental creatures that Arthur Dent accidentally kills (a pot of flowers, a fly, etc...). Agrajag eventually becomes aware of his past lives and becomes more and more spiteful toward Arthur until his dislike actually materializes into the "Cathedral of Hate", to which he eventually abducts Arthur; Arthur Dent proceeds to accidentally kill him while escaping. Thanks to the vagaries of time travel, Arthur manages to accidentally cause his death ''again'' two books later.
** In the Cathedral of Hate Agrajag, who had already experienced this death, [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble realizes Arthur hadn't done yet]].
* WhatOtherGalaxies: The Universe is mentioned several times (the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse''), yet no other galaxy is ever acknowledged.
** To be fair, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe is at the temporal end of the universe, not the physical end.

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* UnluckyExtra: Agrajag is an unfortunate soul that happens to reincarnate into incidental creatures that Arthur Dent accidentally kills (a pot of flowers, a fly, etc...). Agrajag eventually becomes aware of his past lives and becomes more and more spiteful toward Arthur until his dislike actually materializes into the "Cathedral of Hate", to which he eventually abducts Arthur; thanks to the vagaries of time travel, it turns out that he can't kill Arthur Dent because one of the deaths he wants revenge for hasn't happened yet (it eventually occurs in the final chapter of ''Mostly Harmless''). Arthur proceeds to accidentally kill him again while escaping. Thanks to the vagaries of time travel, Arthur manages to accidentally cause his death ''again'' two books later.
** In the Cathedral of Hate Agrajag, who had already experienced this death, [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble realizes Arthur hadn't done yet]].
escaping.
* WhatOtherGalaxies: The Universe is mentioned several times (the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything, ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse''), yet no other galaxy is ever acknowledged.
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acknowledged. To be fair, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe is at the temporal end of the universe, not the physical end.
21st Apr '16 12:55:09 AM PaulA
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* DownerEnding: ''Mostly Harmless'' ends with [[spoiler:all the main characters arriving on Earth and being erased from existence by the Vogons]].
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Possibly the most understated one in literature:
** '''There was a sudden ghastly noise. There was a sudden ghastly silence.'''
* EvolutionaryStasis: It is mentioned that the Vogons stopped evolving shortly after they stopped being an aquatic species. The planet Vogsphere has created many other life forms far more appealing than the Vogons, which they inevitably destroy for their own amusement.
** To lampshade it, the book even states that evolution threw up its metaphorical hands in horror at the sight of the Vogons in daylight, refused to let them evolve again, and produced the other, amazingly beautiful creatures of Vogsphere in compensation for the Vogons.
* [[ICantLookGesture "I Can't Look" Gesture]]: a variant; "Joo Janta Peril sensitive sunglasses" instantly turn completely opaque if anything dangerous or threatening appears to spare you the sight of it.



* ShoutOut: To the Music/PinkFloyd song "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun." It's mentioned that "the loudest group of all times," called Disaster Area destroyed a spaceship directing it into a star. This shout out is not too surprising, considering that Adams was a friend of Music/PinkFloyd guitarist David Gilmour.
* SingleLineOfDescent: Subverted with a minor character who's "a direct male-line descendant of Genghis Khan", who dies along with the rest of the Earth and has no further bearing on the plot.
* TimePassageBeard: Arthur Dent grows one of these when he is trapped on Earth 2 million years before its destruction in "Life, the Universe and Everything".




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