07.13.2009

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #6 – Coming Out on Oct. 12

The sixth volume in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy is scheduled for release on October 12 (the thirtieth anniversary of the first book). The sixth volume, entitled And Another Thing…, is written by Eoin Colfer (known for his Artemis Fowl series).  Sadly the Hitchhiker’s creator Douglas Adams passed away back in 2001, but his widow has fully endorsed Colfer writing this new novel.

If you aren’t familiar with the Hitchhiker’s novels, then you are really missing out.  Ignore the movie (it was terrible), the books are brilliant, creative, and hilarious!  It’s really science fiction comedy at it’s finest.  Writer Douglas Adams originally produced Hitchhiker’s as a radio comedy, but quickly adapted it into novel form.  There were five novels produced between 1979 and 1992, each insisting that it was a trilogy (even for books four and five).  Additionally, there have been numerous spin-offs, including: a fairly terrible big-budget movie, multiple TV mini-series,  video games, comic books, stage shows, and more.

This new book is named for a passage in the third chapter of the fourth book, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish.

The storm had now definitely abated, and what thunder there was now grumbled over more distant hills, like a man saying “And another thing…” twenty minutes after admitting he’s lost the argument.

When they first announced a sixth Hitchhiker’s book was being written by someone other than Douglas Adams, I was bothered and was convinced it was a bad idea.  Now after some reflection, and hearing lots of good things about Eoin Colfer, I’m apprehensively looking forward to this novel.  The cover looks great and is definitely in the spirit of Adam’s work.  Unfortunately for Colfer, his book is going to be compared to fan’s memory of Adam’s books; not necessarily the actual quality of Adam’s books, but fan’s idealized memory.  For example, I personally didn’t think the fifth book, Mostly Harmless, was all that great as compared to the other novels.  However, that is easily glossed over given how good the series is.  So that’s what Colfer will be up against, people’s overall opinion, rather than the quality of each individual novel.

For those of you who are absolutely dead-set against anyone else writing Adam’s characters, I challenge you to rethink your position.  What if Stan Lee had not allowed anyone else to write Spider-Man or the X-Men?  We would have been deprived of many fantastic stories.  It’s quite possible that Colfer will give us something fresh that will take our favorite characters in a new and exciting direction.  I am willing to give it a chance, are you?

And for the record, I know where my towel is.

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8 Responses to “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #6 – Coming Out on Oct. 12”

  1. Stuart Renton Says:

    I tried to fly last night. Do you believe me?

    There’s a knack to flying, the Guide says, and that’s to throw yourself at the ground in the hopes that you’ll somehow miss.

    So I’m off now, to try and distract myself at the critical moment. If I fail to miss the ground I’ll be in bruised and sore, but if I succeed, you’ll find me hovering a few hundred feet over Bradford, and absolutely and categorically refusing to wave at anyone…

  2. Christian Says:

    I enjoyed the movie. It wasn’t perfect but then “the movie” can never compete with a book if you’ve read the book first.

  3. Shag Says:

    Stuart – LOL!

  4. Kelson Says:

    Reminds me, I need to see if I can figure out what happened to my copy of Salmon of Doubt and read it.

  5. Shag Says:

    Sadly I haven’t heard good things about Salmon of Doubt. Might be that those stories remained unpublished so long for a reason.

  6. Tj Says:

    I look forward to the new novel even if it is written by a new writer. I personally believe that Douglas Adams could have possibly tapped into the next level of transcendence of mankind’s philosophies and ways of thought bringing about a tie between the macro and microscopic to not expound further into this and try and help bring some resolution that Douglas I think procrastinated to do would be horrible not that there is always resolution at the end of ever story, it would be nice however if there was some resolve for Authur and Ford.

  7. cb Says:

    i can’t wait i’ve read the past 5 books twice, listened to the radio series, wathed th tv series and watched the film. i don’think it will be as good with the new auther though. but i’ll find out tomorrow anyway.
    :)

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