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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has been a radio show, TV show, stage play, comic book and film, and is and a work of utter comic genius from Douglas Adams.
One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. It's the final straw for Arthur Dent, who has already had his house bulldozed that morning. But for Arthur, that is only the beginning . . .
In the seconds before global obliteration, Arthur is plucked from the planet by his friend Ford Prefect - and together the pair venture out across the galaxy on the craziest, strangest road trip of all time.
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ISBN: 9780330508117 ISBN-10: 0330508113 Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Audience:
For Ages: 12 - 99 years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 208 Published: 1st September 2009 Publisher: Pan Macmillan Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1 Edition Type: Unabridged
About the Author
Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in March 1952, educated at
Brentwood School, Essex and St John's College, Cambridge where, in 1974
he gained a BA (and later an MA) in English literature.
He was creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s
Guide to the Galaxywhich started life as a BBC Radio 4 series. Since
its first airing in March 1978 it has been transformed into a series of
best-selling novels, a TV series, a record album, a computer game and
several stage adaptations.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy's phenomenal success sent the book
straight to Number One in the UK Bestseller List and in 1984 Douglas
Adams became the youngest author to be awarded a Golden Pan. He won a
further two (a rare feat), and was nominated - though not selected -
for the first Best of Young British Novelists awards.
He followed this success with The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
(1980); Life, The Universe and Everything (1982); So Long and Thanks
for all the Fish (1984); and Mostly Harmless (1992). The first two
books in the Hitchhiker series were adapted into a 6 part television
series, which was an immediate success when first aired in 1982. Other
publications include Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and
Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul (1988). In 1984 Douglas teamed up with
John Lloyd and wrote The Meaning of Liff and after a huge success The
Deeper Meaning of Liff followed this in 1990). One of Douglas’s
all-time personal favourites was written in 1990 when he teamed up with
zoologist Mark Carwardine and wrote Last Chance to See – an account of
a world-wide search for rare and endangered species of animals.
He sold over 15 million books in the UK, the US and Australia and was
also a best seller in German, Swedish and many other languages.
Douglas was a founding director of h2g2, formerly The Digital Village,
a digital media and Internet company with which he created the 1998
CD-ROM Starship Titanic, a Codie Award-winning (1999) and
BAFTA-nominated (1998) adventure game.
Douglas died unexpectedly in May 2001 of a sudden heart attack. He was
49. He had been living in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and
daughter, and at the time of his death he was working on the screenplay
for a feature film version of Hitchhiker.