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ISS Astronauts Tip Their Hats To Hitchhiker’s Guide With New Mission Poster

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Unless you’re a die-hard NASA junkie, you might not know about the space agency’s tradition of getting a bit silly when it comes to the posters for their missions to the International Space Station. After all, astronauts are real-life heroes, so why not put that in perspective by letting them stand in for some fictional versions? So what movie would get the nod for ISS Expedition 42? Don’t panic — they’ve already got the perfect idea.

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Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently Getting TV Adaptation By Chronicle Screenwriter

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DirkDouglas Adams will always be best remembered for his hilarious and beloved Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, and justifiably so. But they weren’t the only legacy he left us. If you were like me growing up, you tore through all the Hitchhiker’s Books, then looked around and thought, “I need more!” That “more,” in my case, was Adams’ Dirk Gently books, beginning with 1987’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency and continuing in 1988’s The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul. Well, if I had a time-traveling phone booth I’d zip back and high-five my ten-year-old self, because Dirk Gently is being adapted for television and becoming a new comic-book series.

The Dirk Gently books follow the titular character, a private detective with, as the press release puts it, “a belief in the fundamental interconnectedness of all things, a unique relationship with the laws of probability and physics, and a love of cats and pizza.” The series is being developed for television by IDW Entertainment and Ideate Media, who are looking for a network willing to make a direct-to-series commitment for the project. Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis is writing the pilot and serving as executive producer for the series.

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Lost Hitchhikers Guide Material Coming In New Douglas Adams Biography

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hitchhiker's guideWhen creative people die at a relatively young age, the longing will always be there for the projects that might have been had they lived longer. One need only buy all 17,000 posthumous Jimi Hendrix albums to know what that’s about. One of GFR’s favorite authors, the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy‘s Douglas Adams, is definitely one of those people, and we are swirling our towels around in a frenzy at the news that an upcoming biography will feature sections of Adams’ work that has never been seen before by the public. And this isn’t just letters to mum or anything — it’s a gold mine.

Biographer Jem Roberts has put together The Frood, an Adams term for an amazingly together guy, which will be a fresh take on Adams’ life and will stand apart from previous biographies. The holy grail here is a collection of Adams’ papers stored in his Cambridge archive at St. John’s College, to which Roberts was given access by the Adams estate. An amazing opportunity, but a massive undertaking, as Roberts said (via The Guardian) that there are “boxes and boxes of notebooks, lots of typescript stuff, paper printed from the computer…it was just an enormous job.”

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Hitchhiker’s Guide Gets A Cast Reunion And An Anniversary Video Game Re-Release

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HHGG castDouglas Adams is one of our very favorite people here at GFR, and his Hitchhiker’s Guide books are some of our very favorite things. Although it’s been through many incarnations over the years, from novels to TV series to movies to games, die-hard HHGG fans will recall that we were first introduced to Adams’ deliciously goofy universe in the form of a BBC radio play first broadcast in 1978. That led to Adams’ releasing the first novel in 1979, the BBC TV series in 1981, and so on. Well, the BBC recently returned the Hitchhiker’s Guide to its roots, reuniting the original radio cast for a live stage performance at London’s BBC Radio Theatre. But don’t panic just because you missed the show: you can listen to the entire performance online, courtesy of BBC Radio 4.

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Douglas Adams’ Lost Poem About A Candle Found In A Cubboard

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douglas adamsIn this week’s edition of “Not Quite Sci-Fi News,” we have the recent discovery of a pair of poems found inside of a high school cupboard, written by the late Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams and comedian/TV star Griff Rhys Jones. Had these merely been simple and unoriginal dedications of love or odes to a tree, I doubt we would be hearing about them. But then I doubt either one of these gifted men would have written something so trite.

The poems were found by archivist Stacey Harmer in a collection of poetry-filled books in a pile of documents at Brentwood School in Essex. Oddly enough, all of these writings, dated between 1950-1983, were collected by the literary society known as the Candlesticks, a society that held its potential members to a particular kind of initiation.

“At Candlesticks, which admitted only a select few,” Harmer explained, “they would get together and read plays. In order to join you had to write a poem on the theme of a candle, and read it aloud, and if they liked it you were allowed in.” And you can bet Adams’ poem was particularly “wick”-ed. Candle jokes?

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Mostly Harmless: Three Douglas Adams Inventions We Wish Were Real

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AdamsThe late Douglas Adams was born on this day in 1952. He would have turned 62 today, and it’s still a damn shame that we lost him at the criminally young age of only 49. (From a heart attack, after working out — a cruel twist that, I have to think, he would have seen the dark humor in.) Still, his legacy lives on, and will as long as people keep reading his inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “trilogy,” not to mention all his other works. One of the things we love most about the Hitchhiker’s Guide stories is Adams’ bountiful imagination when it comes to conjuring up crazy ideas for the beleaguered Arthur Dent to run across during his tours of the galaxy. In honor of Adams’ birthday — and of all the joy his stories have given us over the years — we decided to highlight some of our favorite Adams inventions. Thanks to smart phones, tablets, and the Internet, most of us are effectively walking around with a copy of the Guide in our pockets or purses, even if most of them don’t have that comforting phrase “DON’T PANIC” emblazoned on them But here are some other Adams inventions that, if there were any justice in the world, would be totally real.

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