The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Novel is 35 Years Old Today -- So What Am I Missing?

By Gerald Lynch on at

I've read Asimov, I've read Philip K. Dick, I've read Arthur C. Clarke. Blade Runner is my favourite film (and I know all the conspiracy theories associated with it), I've got an Alien hoody and I can point out every discrepancy between the original and special edition versions of Star Wars. I'm big on my sci-fi.

But I've never read The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

I've got it in paperback, I've got it on my Kindle -- I even have the 2005 movie adaptation taped on my Sky box. But I've never read it, watched the film, or listened to the radio show that kickstarted its popularity. Douglas Adams's book turns 35 years old today, which leads me to ask the question: what am I missing?

I know it's about space -- that much is clear from the title. And I know there's something about towels that gets everyone worked up on the 25th of May, and that the number 42 has some minor significance. But I still need some convincing that it's for me.

So, over to you lot. What are your favourite memories of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy? What made you belly laugh? What made you obsess over your bath towel for one day each Spring?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below, and, if enough of you get involved, the best answers will make it into tomorrow's feature -- "The Gizmodo Readers' Guide to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy".

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