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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long and Thanks for all the Fish
Mostly Harmless
The Salmon of Doubt
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy did not start out as a book. Douglas Adams (1952-2001) originally created this science fiction comedy for BBC Radio 4 in 1978. My introduction was through listening to a rebroadcast on American public radio some time in the early 1980s, I believe.

That first listen filled me with amazement. I still think the original radio and television programs are absolutely fantastic, even after multiple listenings and watchings, but I have ambivalence with respect to the novels following The Hitchhiker’s Guide.

It went on to became an international multi-media phenomenon, including stage shows, a series of five books first published between 1979 and 1992,  a 1981 TV series, a 1984 computer game, and comic book adaptations of Hitchiker’s Guide, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe and Life, The Universe & Everything published by DC Comics between 1993 and 1996. Radio adaptations of the last three books were broadcast from 2004 to 2005.

A Hollywood movie version of HHGTTG, released in 2005, was a complete stinker that should be avoided.

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