On the day the earth was wiped out, ape-descendant Arthur Dent was busy trying to save his house from demolition, lying in the mud while his home was menaced by bulldozers attempting to make way for a new bypass. By an amazing coincidence in a story full of amazing coincidences, the earth stood in the way of a brand new hyperspatial express route. And thus it’s destruction at the hands of the painfully bureaucratic Vogons, a destruction that Arthur barely missed when he was saved by his friend, Ford Prefect who, unbeknownst to Arthur, was in fact an alien who had spent far too much time on earth collecting far too little information for the unbelievably massive Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. And so begins a tale that has become an enduring cult classic, told and retold in various media, and in this version, the first of several novels by Douglas Adams, definitely worth the read. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is wonderfully entertaining!