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THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

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In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.—Douglas Adams

So, just what is THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY and where did it come from, anyway?

In 1978, BBC Radio 4 listeners were treated to a spectacular new play unlike anything anybody had ever heard before. Part sci-fi space odyssey, part laugh-out-loud satirical comedy, and part inquiry into the nature of reality, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy managed to spin tales of robots, space oddities and intergalactic encyclopedias, all the while meddling in some pretty massive questions—What is the nature of the universe? How did the universe begin? What is reality? Can we know the meaning of life?—without ever taking itself too seriously. The author of the radio series was a young man by the name of Douglas N. Adams (proud that his initials spelled DNA)—who had studied English literature at Cambridge, had an intense fascination with the very edges of scientific discovery and was a comedy writer to boot, having worked with Monty Python member Graham Chapman. Convinced that there really ought to be some sort of manual or guide to the universe, Douglas soon realized there was little chance of finding one unless he wrote it himself.

Adams did just that, penning the improbable but unforgettable tale of Arthur Dent, who escapes an imminently exploding Planet Earth only to jet off into space on a sleek starship in his pajamas and robe. Luckily, Arthur soon discovers The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which features some of the galaxy's best advice—"DON'T PANIC!”—on its cover. The standard repository of all knowledge and wisdom, The Guide has advice which ranges from the supremely practical to the sublimely ridiculous.

Based on the success of the radio play, Adams was approached by a publisher who asked him to write a novel based on the play, and he quickly found himself a galactic star of the literary world. His book became a classic bestseller, and he would go on to write five more books in the series and to sell more than 15 million copies in the series before he died.

The Hitchhiker's books became more than just bestsellers; they were a cultural phenomenon in their own right. Fans debated them; reading groups pored over the ideas, invention and engaging humor; and even world-famous scientists such as the Darwinist Richard Dawkins and the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking discussed them in the same breath as the latest scientific theories. Two of Douglas Adams' biggest heroes—John Cleese and Paul McCartney—went on to collaborate with Adams on other projects.

Adams would continue to be an innovator and original thinker—becoming an early proponent of the Internet and multimedia technology. In addition to his writings, he performed with the rock band Pink Floyd (a present for his birthday); designed interactive computer games; founded a multimedia company; started the "real” Earth edition of the guide at h2g2.com; and campaigned passionately on behalf of endangered species, especially the mountain gorilla and rhino.

Having turned The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy into a radio show, novels, a television series, computer games and more, Douglas Adams knew his book was destined one day to be a feature film. But first Hollywood had a little technological catching up to do. With the advent of digital movie-making, Adams watched as his sci-fi comedy extravaganza began to influence a whole new genre of Hollywood films. For nearly twenty years, he had battled with writing a screenplay. Finally, in 1998, Adams signed a deal with Disney and hunkered down to give it another try. Much to the world's shock, shortly after he finished his second draft for Disney, Adams died of a heart attack.

His friends and fans were devastate

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