Adams has written
more than SF. Mostly he's famous for the novels on the "Hitchhiker's
Guide" series. In these books you've got everything: A funny way to
look at our own society, hilarious funny stuff, high tech and lots of
The Hitchhiker Books
The five books are written over a period for 15 years and are not
necessarily coherent. They started as a radio play and TV series on BBC
in the seventies
and has many resemblances to stuff from Monty Python, but I don't know
of any teamwork. There's no logic in the books and some contradictions
appear, or so I've heard. Some contradictions have been eliminated over
the years in new and different editions.
I and the rest of my family love the books and have had many
amusing moments reading them.
In short, the books are about the earthling Arthur and the
their escape from Earth the moment before Earth is removed to make way
for a space high way... During the flight they learn how to fly (the
trick is to fall and then miss hitting the ground), meet a
depressed robot (Marvin) and a self-obsessed genius (Zaphod).
Gently is a private investigator in a bit unusual earthly
solves the unusual problems thrown at him, in a splendid, fascinating
and amusing way. The two books about Gently are more pragmatic than The
Guide, but that goes for almost everything.