Magrathea, Factory floor
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a wholly remarkable book. More popular, certainly more successful than the Celestial Home Care Omnibus, better selling than Fifty-Three More Things to do in Zero Gravity, and more controversial than Oolon Colluphid’s trilogy of philosophical blockbusters Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God’s Greatest Mistakes and Who is this God Person Anyway?
Curiously enough, the only thing that went through the mind of the bowl of petunias as it fell was Oh no, not again. Many people have speculated that if we knew exactly why the bowl of petunias had thought that we would know a lot more about the nature of the universe than we do now.
The extraordinary story of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy begins very simply. It begins with a man. An Earthman, to be precise, who no more knows his destiny, than a tea leaf knows the history of the East India Company. His name is Arthur Dent.