The first of five books in this series written by Douglas Adams was published on this day in 1979 . The books would be made into a very successful radio series and then a television series by the ABC . In this scene from the first show the crew come under attack from The Planet Magrathea and its missile defense system. Evasive action is needed if they are to survive - could the hapless Arthur Dent save the day? - Improbable !!!!