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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Oct 12 2011

Don’t Panic!

by Joseph M

On Monday’s blog post we looked at a list of the top 100 scifi and fantasy novels as compiled by users of NPR’s website.  Today I’d like to talk about the book that came in at second place: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

First published as a novel on October 12, 1979, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy started out as a BBC radio comedy and has since been adapted into a variety of other mediums, including a stage play, several TV adaptations, a computer game, a comic book series, and a major Hollywood film.  It also led to the other books in the Hitchhiker’s “trilogy”: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, The Universe, and Everything; So Long and Thanks for All The Fish, and Mostly Harmless.  The series follows the adventures of hapless protagonist Arthur Dent and his companions, and can be conveniently enjoyed in a single volume, available at the library.

I have a great personal fondness for the series, and I hope you enjoy it too!

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May 25 2011

Geek Pride

by Joseph M

Have you ever been called a geek? Would you consider yourself geeky in any way? Although traditionally considered a pejorative term, it is increasingly being used self-referentially in a more positive context. There is no universally accepted definition as to what makes someone a geek, but stereotypical geeky characteristics include an interest in video games, comic books, science fiction/fantasy, and other esoteric subjects.

Geek Pride Day is an initiative which claims the right of every person to be a nerd or a geek. It has been observed on May 25 since 2006, honoring the premiere of the first Star Wars film in 1977. The idea for a special day celebrating geekdom originated in Spain in 2006 as “Orgullo Friki” and spread around the world via the internet. In addition to commemorating the Star Wars anniversary, Geek Pride Day showcases the work of two beloved sci-fi/fantasy authors with additional “fan holidays”: Towel Day, for fans of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, and the Glorious 25 May, for fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.

What do you geek out about?