New Hitchhikers Guide book to be written

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

A sixth installment of the “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” is to be written – despite the fact that its author and creator, Douglas Adams, died in 2001.

Instead, the book entitled “And Another Thing…” will be written by Eoin Colfer, who is most well known for his Artemis Fowl series of childrens books.   I am a big fan of Artemis Fowl and I have all the books here at home.   I personally think Colfer is a really good author, but good enough to write a Hitchhikers Guide book?  Hmmm…I don’t know.   I don’t know if his writing skills extend THAT far.

The last book, “Mostly Harmless” was released 16 years ago and Adams’ widow has given her consent to Colfer writing the next book.

Colfer has said in a statement :

“My first reaction was semi-outrage that anyone should be allowed to tamper with this incredible series. But on reflection I realised that this is a wonderful opportunity to work with characters I have loved since childhood and give them something of my own voice while holding on to the spirit of Douglas Adams.”

He added: “I feel more pressure to perform now than I ever have with my own books, and that is why I am bloody determined that this will be the best thing I have ever written.”

This isn’t the first example of a sequel to a book written posthumously.  A new James Bond book “Devil May Care” came out earlier this year and another example is “Peter Pan in Scarlet”, an official sequel to JM Barrie’s Peter Pan.

So what do you think?   Will you read the new Hitchhiker’s book when it comes out?   Are they right to tamper with Douglas Adams’ legacy or should they have left it well alone?    Is Eoin Colfer the right man for the job?

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18 Responses to New Hitchhikers Guide book to be written

  1. Is "Adams widow" worried about installment on her next yacht?

    There's no coherent reason for continuation of this series, except greed. The series have not been interrupted in the middle like "Brave Soldier Schweik." And while we're at it, let have Madonna compose the last movement to Schubert's Unfinished Symphony. This HH sequel will be huge yawner. Hopefully no one will buy it and the abomination will die out on its own.

  2. Is “Adams widow” worried about installment on her next yacht?
    There’s no coherent reason for continuation of this series, except greed. The series have not been interrupted in the middle like “Brave Soldier Schweik.” And while we’re at it, let have Madonna compose the last movement to Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony. This HH sequel will be huge yawner. Hopefully no one will buy it and the abomination will die out on its own.

  3. I don't see the reason for this, either. But yes, I'll read it because I loved the series, and I guess that's what they're counting on. I'll read it, and shrug, and wonder again why they did it, and it'll fade into history pretty quickly and end up being a half-remembered footnote to the series.

    The odds of it being good are pretty low. Even the last two books written by Adams himself were disappointing. The first two were great, the third was okay and the last two were fairly stinky. I almost wish the first two books could be turned into a single book, because it wraps up pretty nicely at the end. After that, it was almost as if Adams continued with the series when it didn't really need to be, but at least it was his creation.

  4. I don’t see the reason for this, either. But yes, I’ll read it because I loved the series, and I guess that’s what they’re counting on. I’ll read it, and shrug, and wonder again why they did it, and it’ll fade into history pretty quickly and end up being a half-remembered footnote to the series.

    The odds of it being good are pretty low. Even the last two books written by Adams himself were disappointing. The first two were great, the third was okay and the last two were fairly stinky. I almost wish the first two books could be turned into a single book, because it wraps up pretty nicely at the end. After that, it was almost as if Adams continued with the series when it didn’t really need to be, but at least it was his creation.

  5. Run for your life, Colfer. We've already got a group of vogons working on the paperwork to form an angry mob. Some things in life are sacred. HANDS OFF THE GUIDE.

  6. Run for your life, Colfer. We’ve already got a group of vogons working on the paperwork to form an angry mob. Some things in life are sacred. HANDS OFF THE GUIDE.

  7. DON'T PANIC! It will never be considered as an actual part of the series (at least in my eyes). Instead, it will be viewed as an afterthought. They can't truly integrate it. The book will almost certainly remain as a separate entity written by a separate author. Like a spin-off. However, I am upset that they are trying to claim it as "an addition" to the series. That will not be accepted.

  8. DON’T PANIC! It will never be considered as an actual part of the series (at least in my eyes). Instead, it will be viewed as an afterthought. They can’t truly integrate it. The book will almost certainly remain as a separate entity written by a separate author. Like a spin-off. However, I am upset that they are trying to claim it as “an addition” to the series. That will not be accepted.

  9. You can't do this!!

    Douglas Adams clearly ended the trilogy after the fifth book. The story is over. It Shouldn't be dug up again so someone can play doctor Frankenstien with it.

  10. You can’t do this!!
    Douglas Adams clearly ended the trilogy after the fifth book. The story is over. It Shouldn’t be dug up again so someone can play doctor Frankenstien with it.

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