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cohonan

4.4k points

2 months ago

cohonan

4.4k points

2 months ago

My favorite thing about Hitchikers Guide is that it’s been a book, radio play, tv show, movie, video game, and in every instance Douglas Adams’ changed the story a little bit, so there isn’t any “canon”.

iced1777

1.7k points

2 months ago

iced1777

1.7k points

2 months ago

I know very little about the man but that sounds like exactly something he'd do

NetDork

1.3k points

2 months ago

NetDork

1.3k points

2 months ago

In the forward to one of the book collections he straight up said that every time The Guide gets put into a new medium, it has to be changed a bit.

levmeister

848 points

2 months ago

Ha I have the trilogy in book form, it looks exactly like a bible when I have it open; gold leaf and everything. The number of people who have asked me if I'm reading 'the Good Book' while toting it around is astonishing. I always just respond: "yeah, hitchhikers guide to the Galaxy," and the look on their faces I swear.

evil_timmy

625 points

2 months ago

TBH if more religious texts had DON'T PANIC written in huge print on the back cover, we'd be living in a far better, less fear-driven world.

Frap_Gadz

157 points

2 months ago

Frap_Gadz

157 points

2 months ago

Imagine a world where we all know where our towel is.

Future_Jared

86 points

2 months ago

We'd all be hoopy froods

j3pl

24 points

2 months ago

j3pl

24 points

2 months ago

There's a frood who really knows where his towel is.

levmeister

2 points

2 months ago

Well he wouldn't be a frood if he didn't. You can't be really, amazingly together if you don't know where your towel is. Maybe you could be froopy... If you're otherwise cool and well-together.

jgrantgryphon

4 points

2 months ago

Any good religion is not about *what* you believe, it's about finding your own inner hoopy frood.

levmeister

2 points

2 months ago

Hey are you implying that I am both not cool and not amazingly well together? Because I take offense to that my good sir or madam.

jgrantgryphon

2 points

2 months ago

Everyone has an inner hoopy frood. We just have to find our towel and realize it was there the whole time.

Justice_0f_Toren

7 points

2 months ago

An alien can dream

TheAuroraKing

4 points

2 months ago

You know what happens when you don't know where your towel is? You get out of the shower to discover you forgot where it was and then you have to traipse all over the house getting water everywhere.

This happened to me a couple days ago and I'm still mad about it. Remembering your towel is no joke, kids.

levmeister

1 points

2 months ago

Of course it isn't; a towel is the most massively useful thing and interstellar traveller can have.

ceallachdon

7 points

2 months ago

"Fear Not!"

stefan92293

25 points

2 months ago

To be fair, the Bible has "Fear not" like 365 times 😅

Beardywierdy

32 points

2 months ago

Yeah, but not in large friendly letters on the front cover.

_Kendii_

10 points

2 months ago

Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, tbh

inboccoallupo

3 points

2 months ago

That's funny... you think people read religious texts.

levmeister

1 points

2 months ago

I read the hitchhikers guide... That counts.

RawrRRitchie

0 points

2 months ago

If trigger happy police officers in the states had that on their guns the country would be a much safer place

ralphvonwauwau

0 points

2 months ago

If juries wouldn't accept, "I was scared so I shot everybody" as an excuse, you mean.

throwawayjonesIV

1 points

2 months ago

Less extremism, more towels

ItIsHappy

138 points

2 months ago

ItIsHappy

138 points

2 months ago

I read that book religiously growing up, so the cover always felt appropriate. Literally once per year though all of high-school.

2Ben3510

11 points

2 months ago

Same here, except i read it in french which was probably the best translation of all time, potentially better than the original (though the translator, Jean Bonnefoy, took a lot of liberties that purists will reprove).
Unfortunately the fucking editor thought it'd be smart to retranslate it partially when the movie came out, to match names among other things, destroying all the puns added by Bonnefoy and leaving just rubbish nonsense. I fucking hate them so much for that.
Fortunately I still have my old edition which is one of the last correct ones, since only the new shit is now available.
One day I'll scan it and release it as epub.

levmeister

1 points

2 months ago

The blasphemy... If you ever do that please send it to me. I will actually learn French to read a French interpretation of the hitchhikers guide. Full stop I don't know any French at the moment.

2Ben3510

1 points

2 months ago

Now you're tempting me... I guess I could release one chapter at a time 😁

unoriginalpackaging

9 points

2 months ago

I did a book report on it every year for six years. I basically copy/pasta’d my last years report and tweaked it. I figured it was an appropriate way to get out of any real work.

levmeister

18 points

2 months ago

Hah same. Eventually I remembered it so well I didn't really need to, but just for that look I would always get I would carry it around in my backpack anyway.

kuzared

2 points

2 months ago

Re-reading it now - I’m at the beginning of Restaurant.

ralphvonwauwau

2 points

2 months ago

Time to meet the meat.

levmeister

1 points

2 months ago

'"The first ten million years were the worst," said Marvin, "and the second ten million years, they were the worst too. The third ten million years I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline.'

Words to live by right there.

PamCokeyMonster

2 points

2 months ago

So u can read it in Sunday school and church?

haraldone

1 points

2 months ago

I read the third book first, the second book next and the third book last and it still made perfect sense.

levmeister

1 points

2 months ago

As one does. If I hadn't found my lord and unsaviour Cthulhu I would probably worship Zaphod Beeblebrox... Is it weird that when I googled his name to make sure I had spelled it right, I actually had?

norml329

122 points

2 months ago

norml329

122 points

2 months ago

I have a Vonnegut collection like that, and someone on the train asked me if I was reading the bible. The girl next to me (who knew it was his work) said "well it might as well be to some people". Wish I got her number lol

_kitkat_purrs_

11 points

2 months ago

Haven't explored Vonnegut at all. Mind sharing your favourite piece?

threequartertoupee

16 points

2 months ago

Not the person you're asking, but I personally loved slaughter house 5.

All of his books that I've read have this really dry wit while talking about heavy subjects, but the characters are almost unable to process anything that's happening, so it starts to make you feel like you're the crazy one.

Just what I took from it, anyway.

Lil__May

4 points

2 months ago

So it goes

_kitkat_purrs_

3 points

2 months ago

Interesting

coco-channel24

8 points

2 months ago

I just remember a lot of detail like Dresden. A dog being fed razor blades in meat.

yenozeno

6 points

2 months ago

His early stuff is great but after reading all his novels the later works like Galapagos and Bluebird stand out to me more.

myCatHateSkinnyPuppy

9 points

2 months ago

I havent read Galapagos in 20 years but its the best speculative fiction about how evolution works.

yenozeno

2 points

2 months ago

Agree

whatsgoodbaby

7 points

2 months ago

Breakfast of Champions is an excellent read

myCatHateSkinnyPuppy

7 points

2 months ago

Vonnegut blends the line between the fleeting absurdity of life and the dire reality of it. He uses dark comedy, sci-fi and real events to structure his stories and explores the “nature of mankind” through elaborate and simple tales. I would start with “Cats Cradle” since that really brings together everything he brings to the table. “Slaughterhouse 5” is generally regarded as his best but it heavily relies on his experience in WW2.

_kitkat_purrs_

3 points

2 months ago

Thanks for sharing

_kitkat_purrs_

3 points

2 months ago

He sounds like my type

Meanderingversion

5 points

2 months ago

I highly recommend everything he wrote.

norml329

2 points

2 months ago

I never read a piece of his I didn't thoughly enjoy. I'd just start chronologically, his first book was Sirens of Titan, which actually is one of my favorites.

elcabeza79

2 points

2 months ago

Start with Slaughter House 5 to get an understanding of his voice and tone.

Boognish84

1 points

2 months ago

Trillian?

th3f00l

30 points

2 months ago

th3f00l

30 points

2 months ago

Lol. My wife remembers seeing me on the train before we met because it looked like I was reading a Bible (for this exact reason).

Mr_E

4 points

2 months ago

Mr_E

4 points

2 months ago

I married two friends and used the Hitchhiker's Guide instead of a Bible.

Ask_Me_About_My_Pie

3 points

2 months ago

Barns n nobles classic edition?

dao2

1 points

2 months ago

dao2

1 points

2 months ago

Easton Press probably.

OldUKman

3 points

2 months ago

Where do I start? I have the original radio play in cassette, the books, the tv show on VHS, the move (less said the better) and the BBC remake of the radio play on vinyl, as well as many other of his books. He was a much underrated genius!

LazyNovelSilkWorm

2 points

2 months ago

Now i'm wondering where i can get that version. One of my favourite books ever

karateema

2 points

2 months ago

What edition is that? You got a picture?

7pageorange

1 points

2 months ago

That's the version my friend had that I borrowed to read in school

FlyingWeagle

1 points

2 months ago

I have a well dog eared omnibus paperback copy that used to belong to my mother. It's been to more countries than I have. I think Adams would be proud

1986MetsWin

1 points

2 months ago

I have that version that has all the way up to Mostly Harmless. My mother always wanted one of those fancy book lecterns to put a bible on...I always wanted to put a dictionary on it...until I read the Hitchhiker's Guide. THAT is what I would display...opened up to the part in which Fenchurch decides that she has solved the mysteries of the universe...right before the Vogons arrive (so, the beginning...)

IcyKangaroo1658

1 points

2 months ago

Man this is one of my prized possessions. My dad gave me a black, leather bound volume with the trilogy plus the 2 smaller stories.

I've passed it down to my kids too. Such a great, goofy series.

uberfission

1 points

2 months ago

I think I have the same version, it's fantastic.

Fyrentenemar

1 points

2 months ago

I hate reading hardcover books with their dust jackets still on, I find it annoying. Something I've learned since I started doing this is that many, many unjacketed books apparently look like a bible to people. It's weird.

Less people ask now that I'm an adult, but I got asked all the time as a kid.

levmeister

1 points

2 months ago

Heh I don't even remember if THGTG came with a dust cover. I don't think so but if it did I lost it a very long time ago.

Fyrentenemar

1 points

2 months ago

I got a special edition hardcover from a mail-order book club. Most all-in-one editions I've seen in stores are large trade paperbacks.

monkeysorcerer

0 points

2 months ago

Its not a trilogy

Oriden

12 points

2 months ago

Oriden

12 points

2 months ago

He also complained (only slightly) that there are now two versions of the Guide that aren't different. The Radio Plays and the published Transcripts for the Radio plays.

nrsys

7 points

2 months ago

nrsys

7 points

2 months ago

I believe he then goes on to state that this version intends to set the record straight, or at least definitively wrong...

NetDork

7 points

2 months ago

I believe "firmly crooked" was the wording.

Everestkid

3 points

2 months ago

Many great lines in the "guide to the Guide" omnibus edition. One of my personal favourites:

"The first radio episode was broadcast on [date] at [time] on [station, probably a BBC one], to an audience of no one. Bats heard it. The odd dog barked."

nrsys

1 points

2 months ago

nrsys

1 points

2 months ago

You could very well be right, it has been a while since I have read that version.

trashed_culture

2 points

2 months ago

I've been reading hgttg for over thirty years, since I was in elementary school. I think about that foreword a lot. For one thing, it could possibly win"best foreword of all time". But more relevantly, it helped me accept that differences across mediums are necessary and even welcome.

MoffKalast

2 points

2 months ago

Well it makes sense, this is a plural sector.

elpablo

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah, like when they made it into a movie and they took all the jokes out

bluereptile

1 points

2 months ago

In the entertainment industry this know as "Pulling a Lucas"

AmbitiousMidnight183

1 points

2 months ago

I really don’t mind it when film makers change things, as long as it builds up the universe and explores new ideas creatively.

I’m specifically thinking about Series of Unfortunate Events.

TARANTULA_TIDDIES

1 points

2 months ago

Isn't there some sort of aside or prologue where he talks about coming up with the idea while drunk and laying on the ground in a field?

NetDork

1 points

2 months ago

Yes, he said he came up with the idea because he had a copy of The Hitchhiker's Guide To Europe and was at the time experiencing "a mild inability to stand up". He was lying in a field watching the stars swirl as he flopped around.

TARANTULA_TIDDIES

1 points

2 months ago

Ahhh thank you. It's been probably almost 20 years since I read it so the memory is a bit fuzzy

chipoatley

1 points

2 months ago

Multiverse Galaxy

Billy_droptables

258 points

2 months ago

Oh man, he's a personal hero of mine, early adopter of the internet, huge tech nerd, hilarious writer, genuinely good dude who didn't take life seriously.

I have a banner in my office with my favorite quote of his, "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." Cannot say my PMs love that one.

Would absolutely recommend reading his works.

RealPhali

14 points

2 months ago

And he wrote for Doctor Who, helped write lyrics for Pink Floyd- even coming up with the title for the 1994 album "The Division Bell" in exchange for a donation to his charity. Massive philanthropist and legend that we sadly lost way, way too soon.

Awestruck34

5 points

2 months ago

Oh my God. I've always thought he died in his seventies or eighties. He was forty nine, we certainly did lose him far too early

_Kendii_

3 points

2 months ago*

……What?

Edit: In a thread like this, you never know…. Is that a joke?

Awestruck34

1 points

2 months ago

Not a joke. Tbh I didn't really know much about his life and I just assumed he'd lived a long while based on the stories I've heard about him

liontamer00

3 points

2 months ago

I still think about him dying so young and get sad every time I see his books on my bookshelf or mention him in conversation. So sad that I will never read another book that made me laugh so much about human nature.

_Kendii_

2 points

2 months ago

I am glad that I asked, because I thought I was replying to a post in the Vonngut chain, not Adams. Vastly different ages at death. Seriously though, based on the many replies between the two, I really thought it could have been an “inside” joke 😅

Since it’s not a joke, I completely agree. I didn’t know who he was until after he died. 13-14ish. Kind of sad.

LoneRangersBand

2 points

2 months ago

And wrote for Monty Python. He's one of two non-Pythons to get a writing credit for Flying Circus, and as Python tradition was for the writer of the sketch to appear in it someway, he does in a small role.

aurumtt

7 points

2 months ago

he really was a big advocate for procrastination.
hero.

Billy_droptables

18 points

2 months ago

You're missing the point of it. It's not procrastinating, it's living life on his time. We currently live in a world where everything needs to be done right now and that's toxic as all fuck, especially in a creative space.

aurumtt

9 points

2 months ago

it's not a bad thing. it's literally what you say here.
to quote Steve Meretzky, who collaborated with him on the video game: “he certainly raised procrastination to an art form”

ConcernedDudeMaybe

2 points

2 months ago

This sounds familiar 🤣🍝🤣

DaddyOhMy

1 points

2 months ago

He owned the first Macintosh in the UK. His good friend Stephen Fry owned the second one.

necrojuicer

7 points

2 months ago

I heard that essentially the only reason why they managed to make the film at all because he died.

It's quite funny because I have pretty much every version as my place is something of a dumping ground for old books when my extended family goes through their stuff & gets rid of stuff. Apparently everytime they did a reprint Douglas went "Hold up! I have notes" and they would change a bit of the book everytime.

Mostly pretty minor, just changing how some jokes hit or adding some jokes into certain situations. I quite enjoyed the little quirks from him.

They say that whenever they planned to release a book the publisher had to lock him into a hotel room as he's easily distracted, especially when he has a task set out before him.

domasin

6 points

2 months ago

Apparently everytime they did a reprint Douglas went "Hold up! I have notes" and they would change a bit of the book everytime.

I didn't know this part and now my one set of books seems inadequate

necrojuicer

3 points

2 months ago

Yeah, so first time I read a first edition that dad bought when it came out & much later I read from the omnibus & a lot of the jokes were different so I went digging.

colin_staples

5 points

2 months ago

He was the first person to buy an Apple Macintosh in Europe, the second being Stephen Fry.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Adams#Technology_and_innovation

thinklikeashark

3 points

2 months ago

He's just this guy, ya know?

Endorkend

2 points

2 months ago

He's really damn interesting to get to know more about though.

His talks about his nature documentary work and general philosophical talks are just as entertaining as his books.

The man was an absolute treasure.

1986MetsWin

2 points

2 months ago

There is a book called The Salmon of Doubt that is a collection of Adams' essays and interviews posthumously published. My daughter and I listened to it on audiobook and were entranced. The man was a comic genius and taken away from us too soon. I would have loved for him to have been show runner for Doctor Who in the new series for a few years. That would have been epic.

Beragond1

42 points

2 months ago

That’s just because of the infinite improbability changing things

_Kendii_

4 points

2 months ago

Well yeah. What else would it be? =P

Definitely my favourite. After years and years of waiting, I finally got to share it with my daughter last year. 🥹

k9centipede

26 points

2 months ago

I was reading the big book in Highschool when I was always reading and walking.

I forget the chapter I was on, but it was talking about the issue with time travel is the grammar and went on for like 2 or more paragraphs about that before moving on in the story.

I looked up to step up a curb and then back down.

And it was the time travel paragraphs again.

For a solid 5 minutes I thought Douglas Adams had just copypasted the same paragraph in 2 parts to give a "you just traveled back in time while reading" experience.

Then I realized the page had just flipped back when I looked up.

JulienBrightside

2 points

2 months ago

That is kinda hilarious

PotatoCabbagePea

190 points

2 months ago

The radio play predates the book!

Unlucky-Cow-9296

94 points

2 months ago*

Then it was the BBC series, and third it was the book series!

I think that's why the books were so good, he had written 2 full fledged versions and had time to really craft it and flesh it out for the books.

EDIT: As pointed out, then fact checked... The first two novels came out before the series. The third came out after the BBC series.

matthoback

12 points

2 months ago

Then it was the BBC series, and third it was the book series!

No, the books came second. The first book was published immediately after the first radio series, the second book was after the second radio series, and then the TV series was produced, adapting the material from the first and second book. The third, fourth, and fifth books were later though.

Unlucky-Cow-9296

6 points

2 months ago

Yep, looks like you're right! I must've read editions after he finished the trilogy.

radams78

8 points

2 months ago*

Well, kinda. He missed the deadline for the first book, and eventually his publisher called him and said "Finish the page you're on and get the manuscript here now!" So the first book just breaks off in the middle of a Guide entry, has Zaphod say "Let's go to the Restaurant at the End of the Universe", and then ends.

JulienBrightside

1 points

2 months ago

I think there was a bit where his publisher moved in with him just so he would finish writing.

radams78

1 points

2 months ago

For at least one episode of the second radio series, he was writing the second half of the episode while the first half was being recorded. They pulled each page off his typewriter and ran to give it to the actors as soon as it was done.

JulienBrightside

1 points

2 months ago

And I thought I was skirting deadlines haha

Drunky_McStumble

17 points

2 months ago

Yeah, I love that it took the exact opposite route of any other mass media franchise. The books are technically a novelization of a TV adaptation of a radio show.

I think Adams would have quietly gotten a kick out of all the complaints that "it didn't do the books justice" when the movie came out.

matthoback

8 points

2 months ago

The books are technically a novelization of a TV adaptation of a radio show.

The TV show came after the first two books.

charmingpea

13 points

2 months ago

Wherein Peter Jones was the book...

cohonan

5 points

2 months ago

How old is the radio play?

nitewake

30 points

2 months ago

Older than the book.

Braincain007

17 points

2 months ago*

It was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom by BBC Radio 4 in 1978 from the 8th of March to the 12th of April as a 6 part series.

domasin

6 points

2 months ago

And it is BRILLIANT

ProtoKun7

6 points

2 months ago

Thank you for doing my job; I feel compelled to mention this whenever the Hitchhiker's Guide crops up because it feels like a lot of people assume the book was the original.

Kizik

3 points

2 months ago

Kizik

3 points

2 months ago

It's also better, in my opinion.

kreiger-69

1 points

2 months ago

You could just call it a radio series like it is

kingt34

1 points

2 months ago

But also post-dates it as it was brought back for the tertiary phase onwards by Dirk Maggs in the mid-noughties!

PancAshAsh

1 points

2 months ago

To be honest the radio play is also my favorite version as well, although the books come awfully close.

lordofpotton

1 points

2 months ago

I have the radio plays in book form, with all the notations added into the margins.

bluvelvetunderground

0 points

2 months ago

That's so British.

hotrodllsc

37 points

2 months ago

It made sense towards the end of the books. There's multiple universes and each one can be similar but slightly different. Each story could take place in a separate universe. That was my take as why the book and the movie were similar but different anyways.

numberbruncher

2 points

2 months ago

So we have Douglas Adams to blame for all this lazy multiverse nonsense!

purityaddiction

11 points

2 months ago

Radio Play is by far my favorite version.

Unlucky-Cow-9296

10 points

2 months ago

Check out the audio books narrated by Douglas Adams! Those are by far my favorite. You get the fun and perfected plot of the novels, AND Douglas Adams' radio personality/style voice acting.

Let me tell you! He had not even missed a step between the original radio play and audio books as far as charisma and voice acting.

Honestly, I haven't reread the books after I found out about those audio books. It's perfection.

fortalyst

4 points

2 months ago

100% this - love the audio books so much

WhatHoPipPip

2 points

2 months ago

The first one read by Stephen Fry and the rest by Martin Freeman were also fantastic. But Stephen Fry could read Vogon poetry and it'd still sound awesome.

FlameBoi3000

10 points

2 months ago

The opening letter to The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to The Galaxy is him detailing many of the differences and then saying he would continue to do the same thing here lol

HapticSloughton

8 points

2 months ago

Even so, the final line from Marvin in the most recent film really irked my nerd-brain:

"Not that anyone cares what I say, but the restaurant is at the other end of the universe."

Other end? Other end?! The restaurant is at a time, not a place.

Mammoth-Condition-60

6 points

2 months ago

Terms for times and places are often interchangeable - end is a good one, but we also talk about the length of time and how far away a location in space is in terms of the time it takes to get there (4.5 light years, 20 minutes by car, etc.). It's possible that's what Marvin meant - not that kind of end, the end of time kind of end - but no one cares what I say anyway.

HapticSloughton

2 points

2 months ago

Except we see the Heart of Gold change direction after he says it.

radams78

2 points

2 months ago

Unless they were heading for the Big Bang Burger Bar and Grill.

WhatHoPipPip

1 points

2 months ago

There are many other things that irk me about the film.

But on the other hand, Zooey Deschanel in hot pants. So there's that.

Internationalizard

7 points

2 months ago

THERES A VIDEO GAME‽

Please tell me that it has Vogon poetry.

Unlucky-Cow-9296

10 points

2 months ago

It's an old text based adventure game. You can find it converted to Java for play online. It's really intuitive and natural compared to other text adventure games back then. Douglas Adams himself worked and directed the designers, so every aspect has his fingerprint.

Additionally, the ever forward thinking Mer.Adams made a second game after graphics started picking up and adventure games caught up. It's Starship Titanic, and is first person 3d like Mist, with Bioshock art deco and Monkey Island style puzzles.

There's also a novelization of Starship Titanic which is part of the "continuity". Terry Jones wrote it, so he got the Adams humor style. I remember being pretty middle of the road when I read it, don't remember anything about it anymore. So might be worth a read, but don't expect a masterpiece.

hreloaded

7 points

2 months ago

It's really intuitive and natural compared to other text adventure games back then.

I mean, it has a puzzle that is so infamous. It is destined to be in top 10 the most wtf puzzles lists until the end of time.

I mostly played the start though and it was fun.

Omg I was gonna recommend another Infocom game, Bureaucracy for being pretty intuitivw and natural and... Apparently it was written by Douglas Adams too.

cohonan

6 points

2 months ago

I never played it but I think it’s the real old school text based adventure game.

radams78

3 points

2 months ago

Yes, there is. You can play it here.

Yes, it has original Vogon poetry written for the game.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1g84m0sXpnNCv84GpN2PLZG/the-game-30th-anniversary-edition

nsfredditkarma

6 points

2 months ago

The only continuity is absurdity.

infinitemonkeytyping

4 points

2 months ago

Talking about canon, he wrote Hitchhiker's just after working on a TV show with canon issues - Doctor Who.

He was the script editor (which at the time meant he was the head writer for the show, and farmed out assignments for writing episodes to other writers).

matthoback

5 points

2 months ago

Talking about canon, he wrote Hitchhiker's just after working on a TV show with canon issues - Doctor Who.

Not only that, but both Life, The Universe, And Everything and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency started out as Dr. Who scripts.

The_Jimes

4 points

2 months ago

Famously Douglas Adams grew to despise the property so he purposefully torpedoed the story every time he was asked to write a new book.

Unlucky-Cow-9296

7 points

2 months ago

Joke's on him, cause other than ooooold old school fans and literature buffs wanting more of the same... They're really fucking good.

Half of my favorite bits of the whole series are from 4 and 5. Random, flying, sector zz plural z alpha natives and hyperdrivs hyperdrive, sandwiches, immortality, pluto, and can't say anything while still keeping it vague and nonspoilery.

Apparently I'm a contrarian, cause I always thought Mostly Harmless was the perfect ending. Warts and all. It just fit the dark absurd British humor.

domasin

3 points

2 months ago

"What's a matress?"

Unlucky-Cow-9296

5 points

2 months ago

They're calm and gentle grazing creatures, much like horses on Earth. Only they have the misfortune of being exactly the same comfort and support as many sleeping mats as civilizations use across the universe.

They do have a survival instinct to use interdenominational travel, if they didn't they definitely would be extinct by now.

Poaching a mattress is much easier than hand crafting one, you see.

Drunky_McStumble

3 points

2 months ago

Well technically Adams didn't change anything for the movie, on account of being dead, but the rest stands.

greenie4242

4 points

2 months ago

Douglas had a lot of input into the movie before he passed away. It just took ages before they actually produced it. His death delayed it even further.

Can't remember where I read it, but his wife mentioned that his movie script was written before he died, and what was eventually released was pretty much what he'd planned it to be. So it was still his movie.

From the movie's Wikipedia page, "Adams wrote a new script, and Roach sought talent like Spike Jonze to direct, Hugh Laurie to play Arthur, and Jim Carrey as Zaphod, but then Adams died on 11 May 2001." I wish we could have seen that version!

I feel blessed to have heard Douglas Adams tell stories twice at book tours and he was just as amazing in person as his books. Very humble but very aware of things nobody else in society tends to notice, which tends to be the theme of many of his books.

He chatted about how excited he was to have signed Disney to produce the movie, then said to himself, "Disney? They make animated movies for kids! This seems odd," but Disney provided funding through Touchstone Pictures division which was one of their adult oriented studios. They released Armageddon, Good Morning, Vietnam, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Dead Poets Society, Pretty Woman, some seriously big movies.

Touchstone Pictures

CastSeven

3 points

2 months ago

I had to repeatedly explain this to someone who was very snobbish about the book being "the only real version".

SpudsMcKensey

3 points

2 months ago

It's the reason I love the movie. Anytime an asshole says "it wasn't like the books" I respond with "I couldn't read the books because it wasn't like the radio play."

frandrthy

2 points

2 months ago

I have the radio play until the quintessential phase on my phone at all times

ProtoKun7

1 points

2 months ago

Same in that I have it uploaded to my YouTube Music library.

Have you listened to the Hexagonal Phase that released in 2018?

frandrthy

1 points

2 months ago

I haven't managed to grab it yet. I'll need to relisten to all of it to catch up again anyway

ProtoKun7

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah, I listen through all of it every so often too. Only listened to Hexagonal once though, and never read And Another Thing... previously.

blacksideblue

2 points

2 months ago

That happens when you operate an improbability drive.

cdpuff

2 points

2 months ago

cdpuff

2 points

2 months ago

I'm old enough to remember when it was first broadcast as a radio series. I avidly listened to it every week. I am convinced that one of Arthur's lines in that was "Did you know your robot can hum like Pink Floyd?", but that doesn't seem to occur in the audio CD set. Maybe I'm imagining it, maybe it's Adams playing with my mind!

ProtoKun7

2 points

2 months ago

Yeah that happened but CD releases were slightly edited. I have the full editions available and it happens about 17 minutes into Fit the Third.

Empyrealist

2 points

2 months ago

He's such a space dandy

remy62116

1 points

2 months ago

Video game!?!? 42!?!?!?!

CyptidProductions

1 points

2 months ago

That reminds me of the Neptunia games

Every single game seems to take place in it's own AU with it's own canon just to screw with people trying to assemble a coherent timeline of events

nixt123

1 points

2 months ago

We live in the plural zone. There is no canon.

Shepard2603

1 points

2 months ago

Wait...there is a video game???

cohonan

2 points

2 months ago

It’s an old timey text based adventure game.

No_Guidance1953

1 points

2 months ago

i consider it ALL canon

LUFCSteve

1 points

2 months ago

Also a record (single) by a certain Paranoid Android

hesapmakinesi

1 points

2 months ago

It started as a radio play, then became a book, got new chapters as a book, so much that new book chapters later became new radio episodes.

Chocobofarms

1 points

2 months ago

There was the theory that if anyone ever worked out the meaning of the universe; it would immediately collapse and be replaced by something far more bizzare.

That is probably what happened in his adaptations

AmaroWolfwood

1 points

2 months ago

Wait, so I listened to the audio book and that was about it. I read he went through a bout of depression towards the ends and nixed the love story. The ending was bleak and I always thought it needed some tweaking. Is the book different?

Suchisthe007life

1 points

2 months ago

The Douglas Adams “last chance to see” radio documentary is incredible.

captain_nofun

1 points

2 months ago

In his forward at the beginning of the ultimate hitchhikers guide he basically says that he's adapted it so many times and so many ways, all being different that this omnibus, whether contradictory or just plain wrong is the final piece and "canon" and if it got screwed up its of his opinion it is screwed up forever. I wish I could quote it more accurately, it's quite entertaining.

binary45

1 points

2 months ago

Just so you know, Douglas Adams died prior to the movie being released.

Cabamacadaf

1 points

2 months ago

The movie isn't the best version, but almost all the new things added to it are excellent.

kfmush

1 points

2 months ago

kfmush

1 points

2 months ago

I remember when the movie came out a lot of "fans" we're upset at how the story had changed in significant ways. I had to point out this tidbit to many friends as well as the fact Adams wrote the movie script even though he passed away before filming. I think it was a video game before it was a radio show and a radio show before it was a book. But people just assume book == canon and anything different is wrong.

JayRymer

1 points

2 months ago

There's a HGTTG video game? Is it any good?

WhatHoPipPip

1 points

2 months ago

Video game is a bit of an exaggeration. It's a text based adventure game, which likes to kill you.

You can play it online: https://downloads.bbc.co.uk/radio/games/h2g2/

HumbleTrees

1 points

2 months ago

There was a video game???

thingsorfreedom

1 points

2 months ago

I found it listening to the radio play on NPR with my mom. Then she got me the books.

G8kpr

1 points

2 months ago

G8kpr

1 points

2 months ago

I loved the Hitchhikers books.. But I felt the first 2 were the best.

By the 4th, it felt like Adams' writing was really bitter about the entire thing, and 5 felt like he was writing it out of an obligation than a love for the story.

I always recommend people read the first two, as they feel like one book really, and then move on to the others if you feel like reading more.

I enjoyed the cheap little word game in the 80s, but I found the modern movie to be terrible. I much prefer the awful campy bbc production.

felt more faithful

chaun2

1 points

2 months ago

chaun2

1 points

2 months ago

In the BBC miniseries there is a shot of Douglas Adams walking into the ocean, (blackout drunk apparently) naked, and throwing dollars everywhere. Apparently the production crew got that shot by getting him extremely drunk before letting him know that they didn't have an actor for that shot, so he was gonna have to do it.

TheSiegmeyerCatalyst

1 points

2 months ago

In the forward of The Ultimate Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, a version published with all 5 stories Adam's wrote in that universe, he says something to the effect of "there isn't really a Canon because this shit is all over the place, but this edition might as well be considered the defacto Canon."

izyshoroo

1 points

2 months ago

There is a canon. It's the original work. "Canon" refers to the events and objective facts that happen in an original work. Never spinoffs and rarely sequels can ever be canon. It's just used very inaccurately nowadays. Every work has a canon, it's whatever the first work was, never Word of God (words from the creator) or retconning, never spinoffs. The book is canon.

DM-Humbra

1 points

2 months ago

This is why the little changes between book/movie that you see in most ip adaptations doesn't bother me. DA explained it away ages ago with "similar but different universes".

Crecy333

1 points

2 months ago

The Guide is definitive. Reality is often wrong.