There aren’t any classic novels about self-driving cars (at least not that we could think of). But there are plenty of classic novels about the thing that self-driving cars help you do: travel.
And when it comes to futuristic journeys, one of the first that comes to mind is Douglas Adams’s cult-classic The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
It’s hard to summarize a novel as entirely unique as Adams’s, but here’s one attempt: Earth is destroyed to build a highway, and the last surviving man goes on a journey with an alien writing a travel guide on which he discovers many things, including that the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything is the number 42.
The plot really isn’t the point, though. Like with most travel adventures, it’s really about the journey. And Hitchhiker’s is a journey chock-full of ridiculous names, goofy jokes, and an absurd British humor that has made rabid fans for decades. (Think of something like Monty Python, but with more sci-fi.)
And if the journey gets you hooked, you’re in luck: there’s also a radio version of the novel, a movie, and four other books.
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