"Douglas Adams's quintet of books [yes, we know that it isn't really a "trilogy"] are not conventional science fiction despite their computers and spaceships. Enormously popular with teens and young adults, they are an off-the-wall, zany trip through time and space with four oddball companions thrown together by the incomprehensible 'perversion of physics.' Among their discoveries is the fact that Earth is really a computer that was unfortunately destroyed to make way for an interstellar freeway bypass five minutes before its makers (two mice) determined the ultimate question of life's meaning. The answer is 42; the question, reconstructed by the end of the second volume, is 'What is 6 x 9?' "
— Gladys Hunt & Barbara Hampton, Honey for a Teen's Heart
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