Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts
To satisfy this curiosity, here are the twelve original radio scripts – Hitch-Hiker as it was originally ...more
These are absolutely marvellous and hilarious beyond what the Geneva Convention would approve.
25th Anniversary Edition of the scripts that launched a billion quips.
March 1978 saw the first ever transmission of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" on BBC Radio 4; the beginning of a cult phenomenon. This 25th Anniversary edition of the scriptbook includes a previously unpublished Hitchhiker script, 'Sheila's Ear'; a new introduction by producer Geoffrey Perkins; and a Who's Who of all those involved in the radio series.
As well as all the new material, of course there are the twelve
Arthur Dent, an unremarkable human on an unremarkable planet in an unremarkable part of the galaxy, is swept up in a wholly remarkable adventure when his planet is destroyed to make way for an interstellar bypass. He is rescued by a writer for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; they in turn are rescue ...more
It's great to find the beginning of a franchise that's spawned numerous incarnations (by the same, original author)--such as a television series, a movie, a five-book trilogy and a stage play--telling the same story in slightly different ways. Douglas Adams would write according to how the product would be presented; For TV he would re-write parts that would better translate (ie, could actually b ...more
The novel features the disgruntled character of Arthur Dent an ordinary man with a rather bleak outlook on life.
That soon changed whence a long time friend, Ford Prefect reveals that the world is about to end and that he is in fact an alien who happens to be an expert at navigating the nooks and crannies of the galaxy. The book takes you through their various adventures throughout the galaxy.
The characte ...more
Worth reading, if you can find it.
And then, one Christmas, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to ...more
Reading the scripts can never fully approximate the feeling of a radio show, of course. From what I've read of it, the entire affair was zany. At times, apparently, the end of the episode wasn't even written before they began recording the beginning. This sort of ...more
I stumbled across this strange gem of a book when I was in high school. Being involved with the school radio station, I was looking for something to do as a project for a radio competition and found this book. Previous to this discovery, I hadn't known that Adams had originally created The Hitchhiker's Guide as a radio series before it was a novel. It blew my mind. There are some significant differences between the ...more
"Contrary to what you might believe, completely different from the books of the same name. New characters, new plots, new excuses to read out-loud in a British accent. In short, lots of fun, definitely recommended to anyone with a sense of humour."
Sorry I am incapable of giving a reasoned review of this work of genius. If you don't get it then no words of mine are going to make a difference. There should be a copy in every hotel room. There should be a radio channel permanently broadcasting the series on a continual loop. Etc.
Ford Prefect: I wouldn't-
Arthur Dent: Oh.
Ford Prefect: What happened?
Arthur Dent: A sign lit up, saying 'Please do not press this button again.”