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HITCHHIKERS GUIDE Continues Without Douglas Adams

Eoin Colfer has been commissioned to write a sixth book.

By Jarrod Sarafin     September 19, 2008
Source: BBC

Don't Panic! There's a new Hitchhiker's novel coming without Douglas Adams.
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As fellow Maniac StarlightGuard wrote in his Mania blog, it seems we are going to be moving forward into new territory within the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" universe. Seven years after author Douglas Adams passed away, the BBC is reporting that Eoin Colfer---best known for his best-selling "Artemis Fowl" novels---is being commissioned to write a sixth novel called "And Another Thing..."

Colfer has already brought up his initial reactions to coming to a world with such a fandom.

He said he was "terrified" by the prospect of creating a new Hitchhiker book almost a quarter of a century after being introduced to what he described as a "slice of satirical genius" in his late teens.

"I feel more pressure to perform now than I ever have with my own books," he said, adding that he was "determined that this will be the best thing I have ever written".

Jane Belson said: "I am delighted that Eoin Colfer has agreed to continue the Hitchhiker series.

"I love his books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod and Marvin to pastures new. The project has my full support."


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LittleNell1824 9/19/2008 5:36:43 PM
He should have performance anxiety. What's the point here? HG was funny because Douglas Adams had a demented and hilarious philosphy, and bringing other 'comic' writers in to expand the HG universe is just... I don't have the words.
StarlightGuard 9/19/2008 6:17:13 PM
BOO!!! HISS!!! I'm very protective of the things I love. "Hitchhiker" is a biggie. And I don't see any promises of flaming ducks taking flight through his picture window.
mitchel42 9/20/2008 8:52:17 AM
it's a little too early to dump on the project. many series of books (and other media) have excelled past their creators' original visions. star wars is a good example. some of the stories in the books, comics and games i would consider better than the prequels. the dune books written by brian herbert give a wonderful depth and background to the dune universe. many would also agree they are superior to frank herbert's final books. i for one am very interested in reading his continuations. since we never really find out what happened to zaphod and the ending of "mostly harmless" was ambiguous at best, i'd like to see what's happened to our snarky heroes. i just wish someone besides adams knew how "salmon of doubt" was supposed to end!
LittleNell1824 9/20/2008 9:44:25 AM
Sorry, mitchel42, but HG wasn't simply a <A class=iAs style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal! important; FONT-SIZE: 100%! important; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1px! important; COLOR: darkgreen! important; BORDER-BOTTOM: darkgreen 0.07em solid; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent! important; TEXT-DECORATION: underline! important" href="#" target=_blank itxtdid="5580583">comic book</A> series. It wasn't about the characters, or the settings, or the slapstick, it was the gentle, existential humor of Adams that made the books so well loved. It was never about the plot, it was about Adams' hilarious insights and his unique view. Douglas Adams WAS HG. <BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />And of course Star Wars can be picked up by just about anyone. It's an action series with a few basic plot points. Fun? Yes. Unique? No. Edit: I really didn't mean to sound so bitchy. My point is that there's no point to the project. Colford should just invent his own comic series with his own philosphy.
smegforbrain 9/20/2008 4:01:03 PM
"i for one am very interested in reading his continuations." I'm not because it just won't be the same, no matter who's writing it.
jokerNIN 9/20/2008 7:00:24 PM
I think it would be extremely hard to capture the tone of HG, it would be almost impossible without adams.
mortellan 9/20/2008 7:03:06 PM
Never heard of Colfer. Never heard of his best selling novels. Who is Jane Belson? BBC I assume? I'm -sure- there are better satirical writers out there, like Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchet but maybe they are just busy or just respectful enough not to try this series on.
mitchel42 9/20/2008 8:07:12 PM
the original bbc radio series weren't solely the creation of adams. with that many people involved, it's assured someone other than adams gave insight to how the story, and not just characters, settings and jokes, should evolve. jane belson is is adams' widow who gave her blessing to the project. i say let the man write his book and critique it after it's done. he's got enough pressure.
michaelxaviermaelstrom 9/21/2008 12:03:59 AM
*originally posted this on Starlight Guard's blog, reposted here, as we know that publishers and other executives scour the media sites for feedback. --- I'm trying not to have a knee-jerk reaction to this, because I loooooooooooooooove Douglas Adams, but I find my knee gravitating towards repeatedly slamming into the genitals of the jerk that thought of this. But realistically, they're going to do this. The question remains "how". I'd sugg something like opening the HHG universe up to _the hardcore fans_ to decide who gets to put on DNA's helmet and play in the HHG universe. id est. The publishing company could let authors and netizens from all over the planet take a stab at penning an HHG-universe novelette. Publish them all. Optimally, for free, online. and let _the fans_ decide which (if any) we prefer and who (if any) we will allow the supreme privilege of writing a new official HHG novel. I would also propose a set thresh-hold be met, of 90% approval. If we don't like any of them enough, no new HHG novels. mXm
StarlightGuard 9/21/2008 4:06:16 AM
come on maelstrom, have a knee jerk reaction Not even Neil Gaiman or Terry Pratchett could step into Adams' shoes. They're very good at what they do, but they're still not writing in the same vein as Adams. Everything about "Hitchhiker" is distinct and unique. the main plot, the sub plots, the guide entries, the sentences that last as long as an entire paragraph....it's all Adams and, you're wrong mitchel, douglas did come up with Hitchhiker on his own.....a fellow at bbc radio had an idea that douglas shared, of "blending sci-fi and comedy" but that's where that ends... in his youth, douglas stated, that he was laying in a field, drunk, looking up at the stars while he was on a hitchhiking adventure....he looked up at the stars, and decided "someone oughta to write a hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy..." and then he promptly forgot about it....until he encountered producers from bbc radio douglas, being unhappy in life in general in that era, came up with a series called The Ends Of The Earth....it was to be a series in which the earth was destroyed in many different ways, and one of those was it was demolished to make way of a hyperspace freeway...then he felt he needed an alien on earth so it could make any sense...and that evolved into Hitchhiker every little detail is uniquely Douglas Adams...i imitated him back in 1999, but i never equaled him...and i never will...not even with my old novel of the time traveling historical researcher who, by a curious fate, ends up sleeping with the Virgin Mary nine months before any wise men came to see her
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