The Conative Imperfect : Douglas Adams

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In the words of Mr. Adams himself, a "thumping good detective-ghost-horror-who dunnit-time travel-romantic-musical-comedy-epic." A vaguely zen detective, a software engineer, and a Professor of Chronology must travel through time to help a ghost to stop a spaceship from blowing up, so they can blow up ANOTHER spaceship. Except it's also a love story, sort of, maybe. Trust us, it makes more sense in context.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Earth gets obliterated by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspace bypass, putting space journalist Ford Prefect out of a job, and Arthur Dent and Tricia McMillian out of a homeworld; Zaphod Beeblebrox, the President of the Galaxy, hijacks the most advanced starship ever built; Marvin, the Paranoid Android is, as usual, depressed out of his planet-sized mind; and to make things worse, Arthur Dent can't get any tea. Can our heroes uncover the meaning of life, get back home, and possibly grab a cuppa along the way? Short answer: no. Long answer: no, but we can't be sure. And bring a towel.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Zaphod discovers that he's deeply involved in a vast poltical conspiracy, which comes as rather a shock to him. It's not enough to stop him from getting a bite to eat, however, and after a trip to Milliways, the end of time's best eatery, he's launched on a journey to discover who REALLY runs the universe. Meanwhile, Ford and Arthur end up heading back to Earth... unfortunately, it's a couple million years before they're comfortable with.

Life, the Universe, and Everything: Cricket will bring about the end of all things. Somehow, we should've seen this coming. Zaphod, Ford, Trillian, Arthur, and Marvin are reunited to stop this scheme, through a series of increasingly unlikely coincidences. Remeber, the trick to flying is to avoid hitting the ground.

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: Arthur Dent finally returns home to Earth, which is not as he left it. That is to say, it's still there. He falls in love with a young woman named Fenchurch, discovers why the planet isn't a rapidly growing cloud of space dust, and is reunited with Ford and Marvin. Together, they set off to hitchhike their way across the galaxy one last time, to find the last message of God to his creation. They're less than amused when they find out what it is.

Mostly Harmless: Having lost track of Fenchurch, Arthur wanders the galaxy in a state of depression before crash-landing his spaceship on Lamuella, where he becomes the Great Sandwich-maker. Meanwhile, Ford breaks into the Guide's offices, sets himself up with unlimited credit, and oh yes discovers that the Vogons are going to blow up the Earth AGAIN. Arthur hooks up with Ford, Trillian, his heretofore unknown to him daughter Random, and returns to Earth once more. Can they save the planet from absolute annihilation? Short answer: no. Long answer: no. But there's a sixth book coming out, so who knows?

  • The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul
  • Last Chance To See

Adding extra sections for appropriate things like biography info would probably be pretty cool.

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