"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams - Book Report

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"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a wonderful, humorous book created by Douglas Adams that includes many funny, classic clichés about the galaxy and the future. It is about a human named Arthur Dent who was saved from the planet Earth which was being destroyed by the Volgons, by his mysterious alien friend from the small planet of Betelgeuse, named Ford Perfect. He was a hitchhiker that traveled the galaxy by hitching rides and wrote entries for the book he helped write, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". The book was a guide for people traveling the galaxy and always be one step ahead. Plus, it had the nice friendly words on the back of the book, "Don't Panic".

Arthur Dent is the last man living on Earth. He acts like anyone else would if the where the last man on Earth. He learns all about the galaxy and realizes just how small he really is.

He is about thirty years old, tall, with dark hair, and never really at ease with himself.

Ford Perfect was a friend of Arthur Dent. He is a hitchhiker traveling the galaxy, but unluckily, intending to stay there for a week, he became stuck on the planet Earth for fifteen years, the most harmless planet in the galaxy. In fact, that is the only thing ever said about Earth in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but all that changed when he, a writer for the guide updated the entry to "mostly harmless". He is a tall, strange person, who always brought his towel, which is to be said is the most useful object in the universe.

Zaphod Beeblebrox is the President of the Imperial Galactic Government. He is a self confidence, unreliable, adventurous, ex-hippie kind of guy. Although he is the...