“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is one of my favorite books of all time. The story starts out when a particularly ordinary man named Arthur Dent discovers that his home is about to be demolished to make way for a highway bypass. Meanwhile, a group of aliens called the Vogons show up to demolish Earth to make way for an interstellar bypass. Arthur Dent finds out that the world is a lot bigger than he thought it was, and with the help of his friend Ford Prefect, whom he discovers is also an alien, begins to hitchhike across the galaxy to escape.
This book and its sequels are satirical science fiction. They are well-written and quite funny. The characters are memorable (Marvin, the paranoid android; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the party-animal president of the galaxy; etc.) I really should have posted this back in May for Nerd Pride Day (also known as Towel Day), but it somehow slipped my mind.
There is also a movie version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide. If you’ve read the book, don’t waste your time with the movie, as it will disappoint you. If you haven’t read the book, I’ve been told that the movie is enjoyable.
I haven’t really found much in the way of science fiction that’s been well written and fun, but this is the exception. I’d love to read more sci-fi if I can find stuff that is good, but I really have no idea where to start. Any recommendations would be welcome.