About The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a science fiction comedy series by Douglas Adams. It started out as a radio show series for the BBC Radio 4 in 1978. Afterwards Adams wrote a series of five books, which came out from 1979 to 1992. In 1981 it was made into a television series, and in 2005 a movie of the story was made. It has also been made into a computer game, and several stage plays and comic books.

“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.”

The series follows the adventures of Arthur Dent, a hapless Englishman, although the story also follows the adventure of other major characters: Ford Prefect, an alien from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse and a researcher for the eponymous guidebook; Zaphod Beeblebrox, Ford’s semi-cousin and the Galactic President; the depressed robot Marvin the Paranoid Android; and Trillian, formerly known as Tricia McMillan, a woman Arthur once met at a party in Islington and the only other human survivor of Earth’s destruction.

Douglas Adams also suggested he would write a sixth book but passed away before he could complete it, so the sixth book in the series, And Another Thing... was written by Eoin Colfer, award-winning author of the Artemis Fowl series.

Books in the series

“So long and thanks for all the fish!”