Sunday, 13 February 2005

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide "trilogy" are the funniest books I've ever read, hands down. Even with my hands in the usual position, they're the funniest things I've ever read - between me and my brother, the books have been dog-eared to the point where my dog would probably disclaim any sort of resemblance.

And so it was with trembling H2G2-geek-pleasure that I learnt that the trailer for the movie is coming out next week. And production stills from the movie are already available. Here's Ford Prefect (Mos Def) and Arthur Dent (Martin Freeman) having Vogon poetry read to them:



Now if they do a good version of the talking cow in Milliways, I will be a very happy man.

The Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy movie site, including the teaser trailer. Must say that the Guide logo that they devised reminds me of the old Let's Go logo.



Why oh why must be released one week before my finals? *wail*


That cow made me a vegetarian.
It didn't last.

I've got my towel all ready. God, think of it. Theaters full of towel-toting geeks. Right on. It won't be quite as dramatic as the day we all dressed as pirates to se Pirates of the Caribbean, but still: pretty good.


Ah, us Hitchhiker geeks are mostly harmless anyway...


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Check my blog for daily updates until the film comes out.

Screensavers, MP3s, free tickets (UK), movie trailers, quotes, games and hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy updates here:

http://www.hitchhikers-guide.blogspot.com/

The most fun you can have without an improbability drive!


Check out this new Hitchhiker's book!
The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Before You See the New Movie, Re-live the Hitchhiker’s Guide Experience

An in-depth look at the zaniest and quirkiest space odyssey around, The Anthology at the End of the Universe covers all aspects of the Hitchhiker’s empire, including the original Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, the subsequent British film and the immensely popular BBC hit of the same name. The Anthology at the End of the Universe is not a guide, but rather includes some of the best and brightest in science fiction today examining every theme, character and quirk of Hitchhiker’s with enough wit and innovation to satisfy even the most ardent Hitchhiker’s fan or critic.



The Anthology at the End of the Universe finally answers all of your Hitchhiker’s questions, and quite a few you probably never even thought of.



What is the real meaning of the towel? Why is being sane such a galactic disadvantage? What does Douglas Adams have in common with Margaret Thatcher? Why can’t you program your VCR and how did Adams predict this? What do Ford and Arthur have in common with Laurel & Hardy?



Some Contributors Include:

· Lawrence Watt-Evans, who finally gives a satisfactory explanation of Vogon poetry, and along the way provides a history of the truly inept in art

· Cory Doctorow on how the Guide really exists, how it works and where to find it

· Don DeBrandt, who manages to not only prove that God exists in Adams’ universe, but to identify who He is, explain what His plans are and reveal once and for all why He seems to be obsessed with fish

· Jacqueline Carey on Hitchhiker’s, British humor and “getting it”

· Stephen Baxter on how Adams borrowed the classic tropes of science fiction and returned them twisted, inverted and mangled … so we can never quite view them the same way again

· Mike Byrne, who demonstrates Adams’ almost uncanny foresight into the future of computer design (and mis-design)

· Adam Roberts, who tells the funniest joke ever told, provides the key to analyzing humor and explains how 42 really is the right answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything

Publication Details

The Anthology at the End of the Universe: Leading Science Fiction Authors on Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

§ Editor: Glenn Yeffeth

§ ISBN: 1-932100-56-3

§ Pub. Month: April 2005

§ Retail: $14.95 (US)/$20.95 (CAN)

§ Publisher: BenBella Books

§ Cover: Trade Paperback


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