It has been seven years since author Douglas Adams died. Adams created an entire industry out of the Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy. The potted history goes something like this. Adams has written several episode of the BBC classic science fiction series Dr. Who and in the late 70’s approached the BBC with the idea of creating a 5 part 30 minute radio program. It was by sheer chance that I happened to be listening to the radio one Sunday afternoon when episode one aired. I was instantly hooked.

Following the successful radio escapade the Beeb released all 6 radio episodes on record (which I still have somewhere). Meanwhile Adams fleshed the radio show out into his first book The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy.

A  TV series was spawned, and more recently a Movie. In all Adams wrote 6 books in the series, that he jokingly referred to as a trilogy!

To say THHGTTG has a cult following does not do it justice. Much like Monty Python, pieces of Adams writings have entered into everyday life. Fans of Adams will make oblique comments about the number 42, Pangalactic Gargleblasters, Bistro Mathematics,  and a whole host of other delightfully nonsensical subjects.

Earlier this week Penguin Books announced that children’s author Eoin Colfer is going to write a sixth book in the series. Titled “And Another Thing…” it is scheduled for an October 2009 release.

You can bet that I will be reviewing this one.

Simon Barrett

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