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The Hitchhiker's Trilogy
Douglas Adams
Pan Books, 180, 200, 199, 167 and 230 pages

Volume 1 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Volume 2 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Volume 3 Life, the Universe and Everything
Volume 4 So Long and Thanks for all the Fish
Volume 5 Mostly Harmless

The 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
Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952 and educated in Essex before returning to Cambridge to study at St John's College. He worked as a radio and television writer and producer before the publication of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in 1979. The novel went on to sell more than 14 million copies and was followed by the sequels The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything and So Long and Thanks For All the Fish. He married Jane Belson in 1991 and they had a daughter in 1994. He died in May 2001 in Santa Barbara, California, following a heart attack.

ISFDB Bibliography
SF Site Review: The Complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
SF Site Review: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Tertiary Phase
SF Site Review: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy
SF Site Review: The Salmon of Doubt
SF Site Review: The Salmon of Doubt

Past Feature Reviews
A review by David Maddox

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, penned by the late, great Douglas Adams, still needs no introduction. I actually said this a few years ago when I wrote this review of the first three books in the trilogy. First of all if you STILL haven't ready the sci-fi genre-transcending SF experience that is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, go read it already. I'll wait.

Good? Good. Now we're all on the same page. So what do I hope to add with this review? As I have commented in several of my reviews, the presentation of a book can be quite important if one is looking for a collectible copy of a favorite piece of literature. The Hitchhiker's Trilogy has been released in a variety of formats, from paperback, to prestige formats, to hardcovers and even large collected tomes. Pan Books has recently repackaged and released all five of the existing novels in a very nice trade format. My original copies were old mass market paperbacks that I read till the covers fell off. These new editions are a perfect size for carrying around but with a little style and sleekness that earlier versions lacked. Plus, they're loaded with bonus content!

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy sports a Do-It-Yourself cover complete with a slew of fun stickers to create the Guide YOU want to own. A wonderful foreword by Russell T. Davies starts off the adventure and the end of the book has several pictures and original press releases and quotes. All the reprinted material is in black and white, but that gives it a nice nostalgic feel and keeps things from being TOO posh.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe begins with a very flattering and heartfelt foreword by Monty Python's Terry Jones, who knew Adams quite well, having collaborated with him on Starship Titanic. The extras at the end are a few notes on the novel copied from Adams's personal notebook as well as some more press releases.

Life, the Universe and Everything, the original end to the original trilogy, begins with Simon Brett, producer of the Radio 4 Hitchhikers, recalling his time knowing Adams and what the book has meant to media. The reader then discovers a collection of highly amusing internal office correspondence reprinted at the back leading to the release of the book.

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish boasts Neil Gaiman's foreword and his insight into Adams, having written the man's biography as well as a plethora of fantastic books in his own right. The extras are reprints of some of the publicity material related to the fourth novel.

And finally, Mostly Harmless, the book no one thought would ever come (and some thought didn't need to appear). Dirk Maggs, director, dramatizer and co-producer of Radio 4's Hitchhikers covers this gem with an overall wrap up of the series and its history. The bonus features are a nice reprinted interview with Adams about the release of the book, which coupled with the writer's untimely passing becomes a reverent homage.

Overall this new collection is exactly what the Hitchhiker fans who wore out their old copies needs, not just to replace them, but to wear out again if necessary. And, just to keep the inaccuracy in the picture each book, at the very end, warns the reader to be on the lookout for Eoin Colfer's And Another Thing, the forthcoming SIXTH book in The Hitchhiker's Trilogy. Douglas Adams would be proud.

Copyright © 2010 David Maddox

David Maddox
Science fiction enthusiast David Maddox has been many things, including Star Trek characters and the Riddler in a Batman stunt show. He holds a degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University, and has written several articles for various SF sites as well as the Star Wars Insider and the Star Trek Communicator. He spends his time working on screenplays and stories while acting on stage, screen and television. He can sometimes be seen giving tours at Universal Studios Hollywood and occasionally playing Norman Bates. Really.


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