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Science, Science Fiction & the Galaxy

Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
The Random House Publishing Group: April 2002

This is in paperback--one complete volume of five classic novels from Douglas Adams's beloved Hitchhiker series. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe: Facing annihilation at the hands of warmongers is a curious time to crave tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his comrades as they hurtle across the galaxy in a desperate search for a place to eat. Life, the Universe and Everything: The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is. Now only five individuals can avert Armageddon: mild-mannered Arthur Dent and his stalwart crew. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish: Back on Earth, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination. But a gift-wrapped fishbowl with a cryptic inscription conspires to thrust him back to reality. Mostly Harmless: Just when Arthur Dent makes the terrible mistake of starting to enjoy life, all hell breaks loose. Can he save the Earth from total obliteration?

The Hand of God
Michael Reagan (Editor)
Templeton Foundation Press; September 2001

The Hand of God combines inspiration for the mind and spirit by juxtaposing majestic photographs of the cosmos next to illuminating words of scientists, poets, and theologians. It was once believed that to look into the heavens was to look into the face of God. The first Hubble telescope images from space, which appeared in 1990, confirmed that sentiment in ways beyond imagination. These eerily luminous landscapes, splendid with color and motion, gave us a glimpse into the outermost reaches of the universea vast, unexplored realm where spiraling galaxies cartwheeled, nebulae shimmered, and stars were born. Throughout history, scientists and theologians, artists and writers, poets and philosophers have struggled eloquently to make sense of the universe and God's part in it. Together the images in The Hand of God and the accompanying reflections encourage a sense of awe and, perhaps, purpose in an age often hostile to both.

The Universe and Beyond
Terence Dickinson
Firefly Books, Limited; October 2004

With an enormous amount of new scientific information, coupled with more than 100 new photographs and illustrations, award winning astronomy writer Terence Dickinson takes the reader on an up-to-date tour of the universe. With our expert guide, we stroll the sands of Mars, float among Saturn's rings, observe how one star is born and another dies, venture to planets with two suns, and to "realms where black holes consume nearby stars or swallow whole galaxies." The author journeys back in time to the very origin of the universe and also discusses scientific possibilities that other life forms in the universe could "share our compulsion to know." Terence Dickinson shares the wonders of the universe with the reader. Part of that "wonder" is the immensitythe sheer vastness of time, space, and age measurement involved in talking about the cosmos. Dickinson puts this into perspective using a model. Related to the mysteries of the cosmos is its destiny and the author unveils an outline of the inevitable fate of our ever-expanding universe.

Compiled by: Sanyat Sattar


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