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Let's be honest here: the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy was a wonderful radio show, some 30 years ago. It managed to survive the transformation into a couple of decent books and a TV show, more or less intact. Everything since then has been less and less amusing, like a stand-up comic who started off funny but stayed on stage, bottle in hand, long after the jokes ran out. And now another author is going to crank out a sixth Hitchhiker's book for cash? Maybe it's finally time to panic. The lucky Douglas Adams resurrector will be Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl novels, which I haven't read but which sound extremely "cheeky" and nowhere near as subversive as the original HG2G series was. Colfer's novel, ...And Another Thing, is due out in October 2009, and sounds as though it'll include Arthur Dent, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android, among all the other fave characters. Given that the article announcing this new piece of Hitchhiker's tie-in merchandise mentions that Adams regretted not ending the saga on a more "upbeat" note, I'm guessing you can expect a bright happy ending. And Colfer says he wants to capture Adams' style while adding some of his own voice. I'm not actually as horrified as I sound by this business venture, because I plan to ignore it as much as possible. The same way I have any of the James Bond novels not written by Ian Fleming (with the possible exception of Kingsley Amis' Bond novel.) I'm only mildly worried that other people won't follow my example, and I'll be hearing about this new Hitchhiker's-related consumer item endlessly a year from now. Bottom line, though: if Adams couldn't recapture the magic of that one time and place, in the BBC in the late 1970s, then what hope does this other guy have? [Times via Timelordthewhite]


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