Douglas Adams…he’s just this guy, you know? His novels captured both the infinite wonder and hilarity of our universe so well. After finishing his works, it can feel hard to believe that any novel could be quite as wonderful or half as silly as his were.
But if you’ve run out of his books to read, don’t panic! These six sci-fi books are perfect for fans of Douglas Adams. Whether you love Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency or are pining for more of the Hitchhiker’s Guide five-part trilogy, these are sure to offer laughs and intergalactic adventures in spades.
I discovered this novel at a bookstore where it was described as “if Douglas Adams and David Bowie got drunk and wrote a book together” and have been enamored with it ever since. Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes is a glam rock band that has been chosen to represent Earth in a Eurovision-like competition involving the entire galaxy. The winners prove their sentience as a species and get to live in peace for the next year. And the losing planet? Their entire species will be exterminated.
Charles Yu is a time travel technician who’s in charge of keeping the time-space continuum safe. Whenever people go back in time to try and change their fates, he goes after them before they damage both their past and future. Charles’s father invented time travel, but he disappeared long ago. In an attempt to find his father, Charles uses an enigmatically named book—How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe—as a guide to stay safe in his fantastical mirror universe.
Mack Megatron is a robot who was designed to destroy civilization, one human at a time. But he’s not really interested in that Terminator-esque line of work. He wants to earn his citizenship, which isn’t an easy task given the reason he was created. When Mack’s neighbors are kidnapped, he gets tangled up in a case that spans all the way to the heart of Empire City. If he’s not careful, he’ll have much more to worry about than whether he can prove himself to be more than just a machine. The future of the Empire and all of its citizens are on the line, too.
While no author is quite like Douglas Adams, there are plenty of funny books out there if you’re in need of a laugh. Check out this list of 100 must-read humorous novels to find the right one for you.