More than sixteen years have passed since I first read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I would say that’s a pretty good timeframe for picking up a book for a second go round. Just like LOTR is the bible for fantasy readers, THGTTG is the bible if you read science fiction, or humour, or humorous science fiction, or if you just like reading things that are crazy funny but deadly smart at the same time.
I liked the book so much I even watched the movie when it came out in 2005, and I have to admit I pictured Martin Freeman as Arthur Dent and Mos Def as Ford Prefect, and the late great Alan Rickman as Marvin (or the voice of Marvin, rather) the whole time during my reread (I think the movie deserves a rewatch too).
The book (or rather, the whole series) left a huge enough impression on me that when my first ever MacBook Pro suddenly appeared with a mysterious dent, I promptly christened him Arthur, Arthur Dent (subsequent reincarnations have also been called Arthur Dent).
But did I recall most of the book as I read it? A little but mostly no, which made reading it the second time around just as refreshing and hilarious. There were a few names I did recall, like Zaphod Beeblebrox, Trillian and Slartibartfast. And of course the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything.
What? You haven’t read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy yet? What the heck are you waiting for?