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The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts Paperback – December 9, 1987


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The original, complete, and totally unedited scripts from the now famous BBC "Hitchhiker Radio Show." Join Douglas Adams on an epic adventure in time and space--including some helpful advice on how to see the universe for less than 30 Altairian dollars a day. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Douglas Adams created all the various and contradictory manifestations of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy: radio, novels, TV, computer game, stage adaptations, comic book and bath towel. He lectured and broadcast around the world and was a patron of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Save the Rhino International. Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, UK and lived with his wife and daughter in Islington, London, before moving to Santa Barbara, California, where he died suddenly in 2001. After Douglas died the movie of Hitchhiker moved out of development hell into the clear uplands of production, using much of Douglas' original script and ideas. Douglas shares the writing credit for the movie with Karey Kirkpatrick. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony Books; 1st edition (December 9, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517559501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517559505
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.1 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Douglas Adams (1952-2001) was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

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If you loved the HHGTTG radio shows, you will love the scripts.
A. Silverstone
There are subtle and not so subtle differences in all the different media, but they are all pure Douglas Adams!!!
Average Joe
Recommended to anyone who wants a good laugh, and especially to Hitchhiker fans.
J. Birchell

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Rey Fox on October 17, 1998
Format: Paperback
It's a shame that this book sems to be so hard to find. I was actually introduced to the Hitchhiker stories through the radio show (the audio recordings of which are probably even harder to find), which was a marvel of storytelling and sound effects when it came out (it still is, of course). Ultimately, the script book is a much better read if you have heard the original radio series, but even if you haven't, check it out (if you can). The scripts are written in true Douglas Adams style, with directions written in there that often don't have to do with the show itself (such as Adams' long description of the Bugblatter Beast of Traal), and it may be your only chance to learn about the Haggunenonns, the super-evolutionary race of aliens originally put in place of the rock group Disaster Area during the black stuntship scene. Be warned, however, since the series was written episodically, meaning that Adams never had any grand scheme for the show, and just wrote it as he went along (explains a lot, doesn't it?). You may think that the plot of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe was convoluted, but I thought it made perfect sense in comparison to the plot of the two radio series. Either way, it's a crazy ride, and worth every minute spent trying to make sense of it. If you consider yourself a HHG fan, then take it upon yourself to listen to the original radio series, and then read the scripts (which clarify it a good deal). Just make sure that you know where your towel is first.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay Smith on June 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
...life forms are required to use a seldom-exercised ability called "imagination" which, with effort, allows the user to paint a mental tapestry that is superior in many respects to any computer generated image or subjective image of perfection.
(takes a breath)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy goes on a bit about the relative superiority of radio as a medium that stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain, but it also notes several references to various works that endure in a medium regarded as deader than the telegraph.
The Hitchhiker's Guide is not only proof that radio is still a viable medium for drama, but that Douglas Adams is a genius. The show, scripted week-by-week by DNA and Geoffrey Perkins was easily translated to books and television with minimal edits. Yes, the second series is a bit off the ultimate track, but it is quite original and the foot notes from Douglas and Perkins are very insightful. These footnotes exist as a log of what took place when it all began and, sadly, as the only memoir to them.
If you can find it, get it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 20, 1999
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As a longtime fan of Adam's Sci-Fi Comedy series, I was delighted to discover this book. It was a lot of fun to read, and offered much insight into the process behind the Original Hitchhiker's Guide Radio Show. And there are a few scenes that never made it to the novels. Douglas Adams is funny in any form, and this was no exception.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Griggs on December 15, 2006
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I enjoyed this book from first page until last. How often does a book cause the reader to laugh out loud? It happened to me at least on every page. Not only does this book contain all of the original radio scripts and every episode (including a hilarious lost episode), but it has numerous eccentric "stage and sound directions" from the author throughout every episode. The book also contains many stories about the creations of some Hitch Hiker characters, story ideas, music, writing and recording process, direct from the author and creator of Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy. When I finished reading this book I realized how Douglas Adams took radio plays to another level and beyond.

I would rate this 5 stars...and beyond.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. J. M. Klerk on March 1, 2006
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If you like the radio plays and cannot remember the lines - this book is ideal for finding the quick quote you were looking for. And Hitch Hiker's is full of quotes.

And if your HiFi doesn't work, reading this book gives you the radioplay buzzing in your head. Great book. Great little titbits you (didn't) want to know about the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Birchell on July 13, 2004
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Although it requires a fair amount of effort to sift through the directions and radio-style writing, the reward is some stuff that I, frankly, find much funnier than much of the Hitchhiker novel series. Recommended to anyone who wants a good laugh, and especially to Hitchhiker fans.
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As one who first encountered Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as the radio series so many years ago, this book is like catnip. Yes, his books are brilliant, and the best comedic science fiction ever. And one of the great tragedies for mankind was his early demise at the height of his literary powers. However, as an HHGTTG purist, it is these radio shows where Adams genius shines the greatest. Because radio plays are solely dialog (even the narrator), then the experience is very different from reading a novel. Besides listening to the radio shows, reading the scripts is a fantastic way to see Adams's clever and sharp dialogs playing around the page.

The footnotes after each episode provide further context for the script and music.

If you loved the HHGTTG books, you will love the scripts. If you loved the HHGTTG radio shows, you will love the scripts. If you loved the HHGTTG tv show, therapy may be in order.
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