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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Lesson Plan

Introduction to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Published in 1979, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in the first of a five-book science fiction series by Douglas Adams. The book was adapted from the first four episodes of an 1978 radio series by the same name. It was an immediate bestseller, and its popularity has endured.

The book opens by talking about a fictional book called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. This is purported to be the most remarkable book published by "the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor." The science fiction adventure begins with Arthur Dent, an Englishman whose house is about to be torn down to build a bypass. However, Arthur quickly learns he has bigger problems. It turns out his friend...

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