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Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion

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Told in the same fanciful, irreverent style as the Hitchhiker trilogy, with scraps of scripts, letters and comments from Adams, Don't Panic is the perfect companion to one of the most successful series in publishing history.
Paperback, 181 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Pocket Books (first published 1987)
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Cathy
Feb 20, 2009 Cathy rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable for Douglas Adams fans. A bit dated at this point (written in '88) but the history on Adams' life and works is still relevant. Plus having one of my faves write about another is just too fun. I miss Douglas, his death in 2001 at age 49 was just a huge loss.
Rabid Readers Reviews
May 24, 2014 Rabid Readers Reviews rated it it was amazing
Written much in the style and humor of the author it honors, Neil Gaiman’s "Don’t Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy" is a wonderful treat for fans of “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” and its author. The book contains supporting material from Douglas Adams himself, as well as his own words as compiled from Gaiman’s interviews with him, as well as a tireless search of the media.

Adams early aspirations were toward the stage. He saw John Cleese perform while at Cam
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Andrew
Apr 27, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
first off it is misleading to say this is a guide to Hitchhikers Guide... it is a lot more. It is part celebration of Douglas Adams - a short biography and introduction to his body of work. Its part review of his publications with details on yes the Hitchhikers Guide books but also his Dirk Gently books and other books, and finally it is a guide to the series itself with a closer look at characters places and events - all in the style you would come to expect from Douglas Adams, although it is w ...more
Ashley
Full disclosure on this one: my library system did not have this book so I had to inter-library loan it, and the copy they came up with for me is a first edition. They've since published an updated version of the book, re-titled Don't Panic: Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which was published about four years after Adams's death in 2001. It probably has all sorts of extra chapters about the seventeen years of Adams' writing and fan activity since 1988, and of course, hi ...more
Aries
Jan 24, 2013 Aries rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografie
Mi sto rendendo conto di avere qualche problema con le biografie, soprattutto quando si tratta di autori o attori o comunque personaggi che amo od ho amato.
Il problema è che, volenti o nolenti, siamo tutti pronti a mitizzare un personaggio che amiamo, a vederne il genio artistico e poi a rimanere un po' delusi quando ne scopriamo dei lati che, in qualche modo, non ci piacciono: poi ci sono i fan "talebani", che qualunque cosa faccia il loro mito diranno che è perfetta, ma questo è un altro disco
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Tracey
Sep 05, 2007 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Douglas Adams fan who knows where his/her towel is
I received Don't Panic: Douglas Adams & the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as a birthday present & eagerly devoured it this week. Equally a biography and an examination of Adams' body of work, the original version of Don't Panic was written in 1987 by Neil Gaiman, with additional chapters added by David K. Dickson in 1993 and an overhaul with final chapter in 2003 by MJ Simpson. It is a credit to all three of these writers that the voice of the work is consistent throughout - and sound ...more
Sherlockb
May 23, 2013 Sherlockb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to choose a book to read for a school assignment involving non fiction books. I chose Don't Panic, and never regretted the decision once. Written by Neil Gaiman, and added onto by others over the years, Don't Panic uses humor to assist in giving the information that is required to call a Biography a Biography. I found this book easy to get into, and rather enjoyable to do so. The book uses excerpts from Adams' works, and includes interviews with Adams himself, amongst others who we're impo ...more
Chris Ziesler
Nov 08, 2013 Chris Ziesler rated it really liked it
If you have ever stood in a field staring up at the myriad stars in the night sky and wondering just how it came to be that the humanoid life-form known as Douglas Adams managed to dream up such infinitely improbable adventures, or if you have ever stood in front of a vending machine that has just provided you with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea, then in all likelihood you will enjoy this book.

Neil Gaiman has taken time off writing his own
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Laura
Nov 14, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
This was, oddly, the very first Neil Gaiman book I read. It was in the Hazen High School Library and it said “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” on the cover, and that was good enough for me.

The connection between H2G2 and Doctor Who is no surprise, and yet it’s really quite surprising. The third book in the five part trilogy? Had its genesis as a Doctor Who script. (95). The actress who played Trillian in the television show was married to “Peter Davison, the fifth and blandest Dr Who. He playe
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Ed Erwin
Sep 11, 2009 Ed Erwin rated it liked it
Although I loved Hitch-hikers guide when I read it, and still do, I would have never picked-up this book if it had been written by anyone else. I really wouldn't think I'd care about all the trivia about the different versions that have appeared over the years - radio shows, TV, books, film. But I like Gaiman's style. He keeps it interesting.

It turns out that it was somewhat interesting to see the creative process at work. The first two books were better than the next two because it was fresh a
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Mark
Feb 28, 2017 Mark rated it really liked it
My only quibble is that the letters of the title on the cover are not large and friendly enough.
Nicole
Feb 03, 2013 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, nonfiction
I'm so glad I finally got a copy of this book (thanks, Mom!). I love h2g2, and this book is a great look at how all its various incarnations came to be. It also gives a good glimpse of Douglas Adams as a person and an author, which I appreciate since I'll never get a chance to meet him.

And Gaiman's writing is excellent--a perfect blend of reverent and realistic. It's clear Gaiman appreciates Adams' work as an author, but the book doesn't shy away from pointing out how he was probably frustrating
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Ally Craig
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Kim
Nov 25, 2011 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-memoir
I am a huge fan of books "Hitchhikers" and they are me go to re-read books as I can pick up one and read it from the bookmark I left in it six months ago and jump right into the story. I was so excited to see a bio about Doug and how the series came about. Well, this is the newest version of this book with other author contributors and I found it tedious,dull,and possibly worse than Vogon poetry. Maybe I needed a Babel fish to understand the way this was done, but Belgium! I expected better that ...more
Bryan
Sep 24, 2011 Bryan rated it really liked it
This is actually one of my favorite things that Gaiman has done. It feels more authentic than most of his prose. His enthusiasm for Adams is palpable, and I've always suspected that Gaiman is an avid reader and a fan of writers, and he worked hard to become a writer in order to accommodate those two passions. If that's the case, then this is about as close as we can get to "true Gaiman."
Dany
Dec 06, 2015 Dany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was lovely to learn about all the process that The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (one of my favorite books) entailed in all its varied and multiple forms. Getting to know more about Douglas Adams in the fantastic way Neil Gaiman wrote this was a very nice experience. Four stars!
Egor Mikhaylov
Oct 20, 2016 Egor Mikhaylov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Трогательная хроника жизни и творчества Дугласа Адамса, лентяя и работяги, человека, срывавшего каждый дедлайн в своей жизни, но вдохновившего целое поколение фантастов. Вообще-то есть уже две его биографии (увы, не переведённых на русский: авторы недостаточно звёздные), и Гейман не претендует на то, чтобы их перещеголять. Он скачет по верхам, углубляется в отступления, и вообще кажется легкомысленным. Но в том-то и дело. Книга берёт не количеством фактов и не эксклюзивами, а неповторимой гейман ...more
Terrence
A look into the chaos and brilliance that became one of my all time favorites, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's a remarkable and fun read for any Douglas Adams or Neil Gaiman fan.
I would REALLY like to see Adam's unfinished/unpublished "Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen" made into an radio play starring Tom Baker.
Paola Eccetera
Dec 01, 2016 Paola Eccetera rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting!
Harron68
Mar 06, 2017 Harron68 rated it really liked it
I finally got to read this book. I wasn't sure I wanted to know too much about the radio series, and later, books and 2 'films' shown in America. It's been a long time since I thought about the stories, and years since the author, Douglas Adams' death. I guess I was inspired after coming across one of his all-in-one compendium books at a resale store, only to find it was autographed!
This guide presents the evolution of the sci-fi comedy saga. What was interesting was the reason why the radio se
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Soho_Black
Dec 17, 2014 Soho_Black rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, owned-books
For years, friends of mine have been trying to persuade me to read Terry Pratchett. They tried persuasion, encouragement, bribery and blackmail. None of it worked. They handed me a copy of “Good Omens” in the hope that this would change my mind. It did – I became a Neil Gaiman fan virtually overnight. One thing they enthused about that I did take a liking to, however, was Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

I am a relatively recent convert to Hitchhiker’s. I knew it had been a r
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Kevin
Mar 16, 2017 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Great book. Makes me want to read all of Adams books again.
Jennifer
Mar 05, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I would only recommend this for hardcore Adams fans.
Luciana Darce
Jan 07, 2015 Luciana Darce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Não costumo ler muitas biografias. Não porque tenha alguma coisa contra elas – é mais uma questão de que ao ir à livraria, a maior parte dos títulos que você encontrará em destaque na sessão dedicada a elas será de celebridades contemporâneas que muito pouco me interessam.

Como quem vê cara não vê coração, acabo passando ao largo e nunca paro realmente para olhar o que existe de disponível em termos de biografias.

Volta e meia, contudo, uma delas me cai em mãos. Ano passado mesmo eu li parte das
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Jeff
Apr 19, 2010 Jeff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Himani Agrawal
Feb 14, 2017 Himani Agrawal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I thought if I should ever read a biography why not let be of the man who has written the only book in it's genre, in fact, the most unique book ever written (till date of course, and I defy you to name a book which is even close to it). He decided to write something different and he did, hands down.

As to the book I had a mixed experience. Reading about Douglas Adams and his writing style was of course informational. His comments on his characters is a unique perspective of course. His own a
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Eduard
Q:

1) How do you come up with those names?
2) What gave you the idea to write the book?
3) Why this subject?
4) When did you decide to become an author and why?
5) Did you like the results of the books?
6) Why did you put Ford and Arthur on Ancient Earth?
7) How long did it take to write the books?

A:

1) Yes.
2) 37.5.
3) No.
4) Somerset.
5) Last Thursday morning.
6) French
7) No.


The two main reasons for which I read this book are the following:

a) It's about Douglas Adams, one of my all-time favourites.
b) It's
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Maurizio Codogno
Come probabilmente sapete, la trilogia della Guida galattica per autostoppisti è tutto meno che una trilogia: ci sono almeno cinque libri più un racconto breve (e non considero ...And Another Thing di Eoin Colfer), oltre alle versioni per radio e tv (e di nuovo non considero il film). Nel suo piccolo, anche questa biografia di Adams è arrivato alla quinta edizione ampliata, immagino proprio a causa dell'uscita del film e del libro succitati. (La quarta edizione deve essere stata fatta dopo la mo ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
“L'idea in questione sorge nella mente di Douglas Adams in maniera assolutamente casuale, in un prato a Innsbruck. Più tardi egli negherà ogni ricordo dell'accaduto, ma è una storia che ha raccontato lui e, se dobbiamo proprio considerarne uno, l'inizio è stato questo. Se volete prendere una bandiera con su scritto LA STORIA COMINCIA QUI e la volete piantare da qualche parte, allora il posto giusto è questo.”


Così scrive lo stesso Adams nel 1984 a proposito della genesi della Guida Galattica pe
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Lisa  Kilgariff
Apr 13, 2011 Lisa Kilgariff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
When I ordered this book I wasn’t really expecting this kind of amazing compilation of materials and I loved being able to read some of the original cut scripts and here about ideas which were later discarded. I have listened to the radio series and watched the TV series and I really likes Gaiman’s portrayal of the behind the scenes drama, as well as some sneaky information on how they got it all done. I also love the snippets we get about Adams working style (disorganised) and his personal life ...more
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