The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Omnibus editions

Two omnibus editions were created by Douglas Adams to combine the Hitchhiker series novels and to "set the record straight".[24] The stories came in so many different formats that Adams stated that every time he told it he would contradict himself. Therefore, he stated in the introduction of The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide that "anything I put down wrong here is, as far as I'm concerned, wrong for good."[24] The two omnibus editions were The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide, Complete and Unabridged (published in 1987) and The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, Complete and Unabridged (published in 1997).

The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide

Published in 1987, this 624 page leatherbound omnibus edition contains "wrong for good"[24] versions of the four Hitchhiker series novels at the time, and also includes one short story:

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Life, the Universe and Everything
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
  • "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe"

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide

Published in 1997, this 832 page leatherbound final omnibus edition contains five Hitchhiker series novels and one short story:

  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  • Life, the Universe and Everything
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
  • Mostly Harmless
  • "Young Zaphod Plays it Safe"

Also appearing in The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide, at the end of Adams' introduction, is a list of instructions on "How to Leave the Planet," providing a humorous explanation of how one might replicate Arthur and Ford's feat at the beginning of Hitchhikers.


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