Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.16

vintage-sf-badgeNo.16: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

As part of Vintage Sci Fi month being hosted by Little Red Reviewer I’ve given myself a small challenge to post a vintage book each day – one that I’ve read – and to highlight some of the covers.   Today’s choice is one of my favourites: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  This only just snuck into the challenge due to it’s relatively young age and I’m pleased it did.  I loved this book.  I read this as part of the Vintage Sci Fi event and my review is here.

Here’s the first edition :

First editiion 1979

So we have:

  1. 1979 Harmony (with the cheeky green planet pulling it’s tongue out)
  2. 1980 Ballantine Books (which looks like a pile of m&ms)
  3. 1984 by Tor UK (with the two little white mice – love this cover!)
  4. 1991 by Heinemann Educational (with the disembodied ear and the Babel fish – not feeling that one!)
  5. 1995 by Turtleback Books (The split purple cover with another cheeky green planet – I like this one too – I think the colours and font just appeal to me)
  6. 1997 DC Comics
  7. 1995 by Turtleback Books – cute with the hitchhiking robot
  8. 2009 by MacMillan Childrens – Large fonts in blue, white and black
  9. 2012 by Gollancz – lots going on in this cover, whales, mice, cups of tea and what is presumably the back of Arthur Dent in this robe.
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16 Responses to “Vintage Sci Fi: Book No.16”

  1. Samantha @ Book Minx

    I love the 1995 by Turtleback Books cover too. I might also be partial to it because it’s the version that I own.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve felt the same tbh – I think you tend to lean towards the version you own – unless it’s completely hideous of course (but then you probably wouldn’t pick it up if you thought that!)
      Lynn 😀

  2. Wendleberry

    Dang, i love all the SF Masterworks covers i’ve seen, and this one is no exception. It’s by far and away my favourite here.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I like the SF covers too. And, there’s plenty going on in that cover – it’s very intriguing.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    I like the first edition that just has the colors in the background 🙂 But, it also really says absolutely nothing about the book at all.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a very unusual cover isn’t it – I’m trying to figure out what the thinking behind it was?

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Hey, I think I have the 1980s edition! That one sure looks familiar 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Cool – it’s funny finding out which version everyone has!
      Lynn 😀

  5. proxyfish

    Great covers! I love most of them – especially the Tor cover with the little white mice!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I love that cover – it’s just so fun which totally reflects the book.
      Lynn 😀

  6. Michael

    I have to admit I like the 1979 edition. Part of that is it’s the one I checked out and read from my local library many, many years ago.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think, reading people’s comments – people definitely lean towards the book cover that was the version they read.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Sharry

    I have a copy of the 1979 cover 🙂 The cheeky planet sure is endearing.

    • @lynnsbooks

      It certainly is – it would make me want to pick it up anyway!
      Lynn 😀

  8. jessicabookworm

    This is also one of my favourite books too 🙂 We have the psychedelic Pan cover!

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