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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (sometimes referred to as HG2G, HHGTTG or H2G2) is a comedy science fiction series created by Douglas Adams. Originally a radio comedy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978, it was later adapted to other formats, including stage shows, novels, comic books, a 1981 TV series, a 1984 video game, and 2005 feature film.

A prominent series in British popular culture, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has become an international multi-media phenomenon; the novels are the most widely distributed, having been translated into more than 30 languages by 2005. In 2017, BBC Radio 4 announced a 40th-anniversary celebration with Dirk Maggs, one of the original producers, in charge. This sixth series of the sci-fi spoof has been based on Eoin Colfer's book And Another Thing, with additional unpublished material by Douglas Adams. The first of six new episodes was broadcast on 8 March 2018.

Identification and critical commentary

The list below contains the main versions and does not include audio-books, stage show compact cassette, VHS, CD, DVD releases, edits, extras, extensions, and overseas versions.

As you can discover from the links below, each new version of the story is recreated for the medium.

Fit the seventh was broadcast at Christmas 1978. ♥ Contains some Hitchhiker's material. † Canon, with original characters, written by Eoin Colfer. ‡ Includes new post mortem material.

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Young Zaphod Plays it Safe is a short story by Douglas Adams set in his The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy universe. The story is included with several collections but has never been released as a standalone work. It first appeared in The Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book (1986) which Adams also co-edited. It also appears in slightly modified form in the Adams retrospective The Salmon of Doubt. The story does appear in some versions of the complete omnibus editions of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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Selected biography

Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known as author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Adams played the guitar left-handed and had a collection of twenty-four left-handed guitars when he died in 2001 (having received his first guitar in 1964). He also studied piano in the 1960s with the same teacher as Paul Wickens, the pianist who later played in Paul McCartney's band (and composed the music for the 2004-2005 editions of the Hitchhiker's Guide radio series). The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Procol Harum all had great influence on Adams's work.

Games: LabyrinthBureaucracyStarship Titanic TV: Patient AbuseHyperlandThe Pirate PlanetCity of DeathShada Books: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective AgencyLast Chance to SeeThe Long Dark Tea-Time of the SoulThe Meaning of LiffThe Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas BookThe Deeper Meaning of LiffDouglas Adams's Starship Titanic Radio: The Internet: The Last Battleground of the 20th CenturyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the FutureDouglas Adams at the BBCDouglas Adams's Guide to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Species and Places


The GalaxyNorth West rippleOuter Eastern RimWestern Spiral ArmGalactic Sector ZZ9 Plural Z AlphaGalactic Sector QQ7 Active J GammaAldebaranAlgolAlpha CentauriAlpha ProximaAltairAntaresArcturusBarnard's StarBetelgeuseBetelgeuse FiveBetelgeuse SevenNew BetelFolfangaFrogstarFrogstar World AFrogstar World BFrogstar World CHastromilMegabrantis ClusterOrion BetaPleiades systemSesefras MagnaEpunSirius Tau systemEadraxSqornshellousThe SunEarthBostonBournemouthCottingtonCroydonGlastonburyGuildfordIslingtonNew YorkNorwayRickmansworthSouthend-on-SeaStepneyTauntonRupertUrsa MinorUrsa Minor AlphaUrsa Minor BetaMegadodo PublicationsLalamatine districtYsdllodinsAllosimanius SynecaArgabuthonArkintoofle MinorBartledanBethselaminBlagulon KappaBrequindaBrontitallShoe Event HorizonCiceronicus 12DamogranDangrabad BetaEroticon VIEsflovianFalliaGagrakackaGolgafrinchamHan WavelHappi-Werld IIIHawaliusJaglan BetaJajazikstakKakrafoonKriaKrikkitLamuellaMagratheaNanoNowWhatOglaroonPoghrilSantraginus VSaquo-Pilia HenshaStegbartle MajorStriteraxStugTraalViltvodle VIVodVogsphereVoondonXaxisZarssZirzlaArtifactovolAxel NebulaThe Big Bang Burger BarThe Bistro IllegalCarfraxChalesmCruxwanCwulzendaThe Domain of the KingDordellisThe Evildrome BoozaramaFlargathon Gas SwampsFlanuxFoth of AvalarsFrastraFrazfragaHan Dold CityHollopHorsehead NebulaHunian HillsMagramalMaximegalonMilliwaysQualactin ZonesQvarneRiver MothSlim's Throat EmporiumStavromula BetaZentalquabulaAsgardSeventh DimensionSeventh Galaxy of Light and IngenuityThe UniverseWhole Sort of General Mish Mash

Races, Fauna and Flora

AldebaransAltairiansAmoeboid ZingatulariansBartledaniansBelcerebonsBetelgeusiansBlagulon KappansDentrassisDolphinsG'Gugvuntts and Vl'hurgsGolgafrinchansGrebulonsHaggunenonsHingefreelHooloovooHrarf-HrarfHumansJatravartidsKrikkitersLamuellansMagratheansMiceOglarooniansPoghrilsShaltanacsSilastic Armourfiends of StriteraxStrangulous Stilettans of JajazikstakVogonsAlgolian SuntigerAmeglian Major CowsArcturian MegadonkeyArcturian MegagnatBabel fishBoghogDamogran Frond Crested EagleEquinusian packbeastFuolornis Fire DragonFlayboozGreater Drubbered WintwockMattressPerfectly Normal BeastPikka BirdRavenous Bugblatter Beast of TraalScintillating Jeweled Scuttling CrabsVegan RhinoVogon SlapsticksFallian albino marsh wormFluffJoopleberry ShrubRatchet Screwdriver Fruit

Character Index


Arthur DentFord PrefectThe GuideMarvin the Paranoid AndroidSlartibartfastTrillianZaphod Beeblebrox

AgrajagMrs Alice BeeblebroxThe AllitnilsAlmighty BobAnjieArcturan Megafreighter crewA-Rth-Urp-Hil-IpdenuAseedBarman of the Horse and GroomBarman in Old Pink Dog BarBarman in the Domain of the KingBBC department headBlart Versenwald IIIBodyguardCavemanColinConstant MownDr. Dan StreetmentionerDeep ThoughtDisaster Area's chief research accountantDish of the DayEast River CreatureEccentrica GallumbitsEddieEffrafax of WugElders of KrikkitEmily SaundersElvis PresleyEmperor of the GalaxyEric BartlettFenchurchFrankie and Benjy MouseFrogstar Prisoner Relations OfficerGag HalfruntGail AndrewsGargravarrGarkbitGenghis Temüjin KhanGodGoogleplex Star ThinkerGogrilla MincefriendGolgafrinchans (Agda and MellaCaptainGreat Circling Poets of AriumHairdresserManagement consultantMarketing girlNumber OneNumber TwoTelephone Sanitizer) • Great Green ArkleseizureGrunthos the FlatulentGuide Mark IIHactarHaggunenon Underfleet CommanderHeimdallHig HurtenflurstHillman HunterHotblack DesiatoHumma KavulaHurling FrootmigIxJudiciary PagKarl MuellerKrikkitersMrs Enid KapelsenKnow-Nothing Bozo the Non-Wonder DogKwaltzLady Cynthia FitzmeltonThe Lajestic Vantrashell of LobLallafaLazlar LyriconLig Lury, JrLintillaLoonquawlThe LordLord High Sanvalvwag of HollopLunkwill and FookMagicianMax QuordlepleenMo MinettiMurray Bost HensonOld Man on the PolesOld ThrashbargOld Woman in the CaveOolon ColluphidPaul Neil Milne Johnstone of Redbridge, EssexPaula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge, EssexPhouchgPoodooPrakPralite monksPresident HudsonPrincess HooliMr ProsserProstetnic Vogon JeltzQuestular RontokRandom DentNew York Hotel receptionistMegadodo receptionistReg NullifyRob McKennaRoostaThe Ruler of the UniverseRussellSafety and Civil Reassurance Administration OfficialsSandwich MakerSheila SteafelShooty and Bang BangSix MenStavro MuellerStrinder the Tool MakerSulijooThe thing at the Resettlement Advice Centre on Pintleton AlphaThorTribesmen of the Cold HillsidesTrin TragulaVarntvar The PriestVeet VoojagigVroomfondel and MajikthiseWar Command KrikkitersWill SmithersWhaleThe Wise Old BirdWonko the SaneWowbagger, the Infinitely ProlongedYooden VranxZaphod Beeblebrox the FourthZarniwoop Vann HarlZarquonZem

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"Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There's a frood who really knows where his towel is."

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