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The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts 25Anniversary Ed Edition

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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; 25Anniversary Ed edition (March 21, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330419579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330419574
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,430,084 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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...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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I am a huge fan of the radio series and i enjoyed reading the stage direction. this is different than the radio series in minor entertaining ways. no version of H2G2 are identical, and that is ok and intentional. the same good humor you expect is there, along with staging queues, and some information about the particular episode, including the music used.

highly recommend, i was entertained the whole way through.
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I've been a dedicated fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy universe for many years, and this is yet another facet thereof. In fact, short of hearing the original recordings themselves, this is about as close as one can get to the beginning. Any fan of this series should read this...and if you're not a fan yet, jump in here!
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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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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books are amazing. I really don't enjoy Sci-Fi books; I prefer fantasy, fiction, biographies, and a few others and generally stay away from Sci-Fi as a whole with very few exceptions but Douglas Adams created a universe that sucks you in and refuses to let you go. Even when you are finished reading the series you still can't get that universe and all of the fun, amazing, or terrifying things out of your head. Adams created a universe that has yet to be beaten in my opinion.

If you are like I was and have seen and heard people talking about how good the Hitchhiker's books are but have held off on reading them because you generally don't care for Sci-Fi novels I would recommend giving the first book (The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) a chance. Read one third of the book (the Kindle edition has 204 pages so read 67 pages just to get an idea of what the book has to offer), that's what I generally do to make sure I have given it a fair chance, and if you absolutely dislike it you have at least given it a chance. I can almost guarantee that you will love the series though, I have always hated the majority of Sci-Fi novels but this series drew me in and refused to let me go.

I was so wrapped up I read all of the main series books in one week and then picked up the other books, like this book, and read all of them in a week as well. I just couldn't stop. Adams created this wonderful vibrant universe that makes you wish you could live there instead of our dull universe.

Just give the first book in the series a shot, I guarantee you won't regret it at all!
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