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Full title English Summer Reading The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy -- One Mans Trash is Anothers Treasure One theme in Douglas Adams Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is that while the Earth is important to us it means nothing to alien civilizations The prologue introduces the Earth as insignificant It is destroyed by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspace overpass When Arthur mentions its destruction at a party it is treated casually In Adams novel there are hundreds of planets and the Earth is only one The prologue of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy introduces the theme by stating Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun Adams 5 referring to our sun The Earth is even less important Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-eight million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue- green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea Adams 5 The novel begins with an open statement of a main theme The Vogons destruction of the Earth without much notice so that a hyperspace overpass could be built shows that no one really cares about it When someone complains they reply that the demolition has been on file for over a decade only four light-years away at Alpha Centauri They do not care if the earthlings are able to travel there to see the records acting like they are just too lazy Even the galactic administration does not care if millions of humans are vaporized if it lets them build their overpass Humans are the only life form in the galaxy that take the Earths destruction seriously When Arthur mentions at the never-ending party that his planet was destroyed by Vogons other guests treat the matter lightly One would expect the whole galaxy to
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