Per. 5 Honors English
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy starts with Earthman Arthur Dent facing the demolition of his house to make way for a motorway bypass. He was then met by hi friend Ford Prefect who had three things to tell him: He was an alien from Beetlegeuse, He was a writer for the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and the Earth was about to be destroyed. Arthur and Ford get picked up by a Vogon ship avoiding their destruction along with Earth. However the Vogons aren’t particularly fond of hitchhikers and Arthur and Ford end up getting blasted into the vastly huge vacuum of space, but before they suffocate they are rescued by Ford’s semi-cousin Zaphod Beeblebrox. Zaphod and his girlfriend Trisha McMillian, a girl Arthur met a party back on Earth before it was destroyed, have stolen the Heart of Gold spaceship. The Heart of Gold runs on something called an improbability drive. This means when a button is pushed the most improbable thing will happen and the Heart of Gold will pass through every point in the universe. They are using the Heart of Gold to try and find a planet called Magrathea. Magrathea was formerly known as the richest planet in the galaxy and used to manufacture custom luxury planets. The manufacturing of planets destroyed the galaxy’s economy and the Magratheans went into hibernation for millions of years until the galaxy’s economy improved. Zaphod, Trillian, Arthur, and Ford manage to find Magrathea but are attacked by an ancient weapons system. They are saved by the improbability drive, and manage to land on the surface of Magrathea which they explore. Arthur goes for a walk on the planet’s surface, while the others explore underground, and meets a man by the name of Slartibartfast. Slartibartfast tells Arthur that Earth was the home of the most intelligent computer in all of time and space. The computer was built in order to find the answer to the question of Life, the...
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