Sunday, September 12, 2010

Don't Panic

Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion
by Neil Gaiman [813 AdaYg]

Grab your towel, and whatever you do...Don't Panic! This is the behind-the-scenes history of Douglas Adams' phenomenonally popular Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Partly a biography of Adams' early years, Gaiman traces the origins of the HHGG, including all the variant versions of the property -- radio series, books (originally a trilogy, then expanded by Adams into 5 volumes), television series, stage plays, records, film, computer games. etc. Filled with humor, both riotous and wry, this is a must-read for fans of the series. I would also recommend this to fans of fantasist Gaiman, to see what one of his earliest published works is like. I particularly enjoyed seeing all the fragments from original manuscripts, to see how they differ from what ultimately made it into the published versions. Highly recommended for both fans and non-fans of HHGG alike! [Note: A completely updated version of this book was published in 2005 as Don't Panic: Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which brings readers up-to-date on Adams, through and beyond his 2001 death. Although the libraries don't own this edition, it is available through our InterLibrary Loan service.] [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Wish You Were Here: The Official Biography of Douglas Adams by Nick Webb, and, of course, the novels in the HHGG series.] -- recommended by Scott C. - Bennett Martin Public Library

[ Wikipedia page for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in its various formats ] | [ ] | [ BBC's official H2G2 web site ]

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