In fact, it was probably the most remarkable book ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor--of which no Earthman had ever heard of either.
Not only is it a wholly remarkable book, but it is a highly successful one--more popular than the Celestial Home Care Omnibus, better selling than Fifty-Three More Things to Do in Zero Gravity, and more controversial than Oolon Colupbid's trilogy of philosophical blockbusters, Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God's Great Mistakes, and Who Is This God Person Anyway?
In many of the more relaxed civilizations on the Outer Eastern Rim of the Galaxy, the Hitchhiker's Guide has already supplanted the great Encyclopedia Galactica as the standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, for though it is inaccurate, it scores over the older, more pedestrian work in two important respects.
and like the last post it is about a book that is being turned into a movie that is very different from the book. If you look here you can watch the trailer for the new movie, whose tagline is something along the lines of "Go on the greatest adventure in the universe, that starts after the world ends." Then if you dig around on that site some more, you can get all sorts of news about the movie, including that the screenplay was mostly written by that mostly harmless fellow Douglas Adams, premortem. Further more the story is supposed to be from a whole new angle, with new characters, new plot elements, and apparently Zaphod's second head is up his nose! So here is hoping its good, I know I'll go watch it.
Now the endearing and heart warming part of this story is that my younger brother Alex, who is one hip and groovy frood saw the trailer in the theater and cheered (alone.) Thus giving lie to his hip and groovy froodness and asserting his inner nerd. There is hope for him yet.