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New Hitchhiker's novel?
« on: September 17, 2008, 01:07:40 PM »

From the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7619828.stm

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Children's author Eoin Colfer has been commissioned to write a sixth instalment of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series.

Mostly Harmless, the last Hitchhiker book, was written by its creator, the late Douglas Adams, 16 years ago.

Now Adams's widow, Jane Belson, has given her approval to bring back the hapless Arthur Dent in a new book entitled And Another Thing...

Eoin Colfer, 43, is best known for the best-selling Artemis Fowl novels.

He said he was "terrified" by the prospect of creating a new Hitchhiker book almost a quarter of a century after being introduced to what he described as a "slice of satirical genius" in his late teens.

Hmm, I'm a little sceptical about this.  I like the Hitchhiker's universe, but the series went off on such a tangent, it's not exactly the most coherent series in the world. 


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2008, 01:10:24 PM »
This does have me curious, I've heard that Adams wasn't happy with how he ended the series, thinking it was too dark (which was one reason he wanted the more cheerful ending for the movie) but I think trying to follow his narrative style would be a huge challenge to any writer.
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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2008, 01:17:31 PM »
I think trying to follow his narrative style would be a huge challenge to any writer.

Bah, get Terry Pratchett on the case!
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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #3 on: September 17, 2008, 01:18:18 PM »
I think trying to follow his narrative style would be a huge challenge to any writer.

Bah, get Terry Pratchett on the case!

Unfortunately, I think Pratchett might be trying to work on his own series, as quickly as he can.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #4 on: September 17, 2008, 01:25:00 PM »
I think trying to follow his narrative style would be a huge challenge to any writer.

Bah, get Terry Pratchett on the case!

Unfortunately, I think Pratchett might be trying to work on his own series, as quickly as he can.

Yeah, if time wasn't an issue, let Pratcherr do it. But since it is, let him keep writing his own creations for as long as possible.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2008, 01:37:14 PM »
I've read the first book in the Artemis Fowl series.  I didn't particularly enjoy it.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2008, 01:51:14 PM »
I think trying to follow his narrative style would be a huge challenge to any writer.

Bah, get Terry Pratchett on the case!

Well, his name definitely came up in my head and I'm sure he could handle the proper balance of humor, just saying it'd be a challenge.  Adams put up a high bar.
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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2008, 02:26:44 PM »
So, this could be disastrous.

Agreed, but at the same time...we've seen the worst of what can happen in a situation like this with the Dune series. Everything else is gravy comparatively.
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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2008, 02:53:15 PM »
Worst case scenario we get a book that a lot of us ignore and a few people complain endlessly about.
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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2008, 03:03:15 PM »
... Dirk Maggs re-did the ending of Mostly Harmless for the radio adaptation, which was a wonderful way to finish the series.

He's currently working on the Dirk Gently books and if the latest trailer for 'tea time' and the what he said last year are anything to go by I think his 'Salmon of doubt' is going to be a full blown crossover with HitchHikers

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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2008, 04:10:54 PM »
All I know is that Dirk Maggs produced the BBC remake of the Marx Brothers' radio series, Flywheel, Shyster, & Flywheel.  That's enough to make me like the guy.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2008, 07:45:22 PM »
I'm not against the idea of another book but THGTTG has so much of Adams in it I am not sure how anyone else can pull it off.

I have never read anyone who writes anything like Adams.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2008, 07:59:04 PM »
I think Robert Rankin is a lot like Douglas Adams, though he doesn't necessarily deal with Science Fiction as much. 


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2008, 11:27:41 PM »
As a wannabe writer, I'm terrified of the prospect of creating a series beloved the world over, then dying, and having someone else take over. After you're dead, your creative universe should go with you.

On the other hand, if we followed that philosophy with comic books, there wouldn't be many comic books left.

Color me conflicted.


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Re: New Hitchhiker's novel?
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2008, 12:10:14 AM »
I'm beyond nervous with this one. I happen to enjoy the Artimis Fowl series, I think they're pretty good. But Adams is (and probably always will be) my absolute favorite writer. I adore everything he does (Life, The Universe, and Everything and Last Chance to See are my personal equivalents of the Old and New Testaments, respectively), and I've yet to see anyone who can capture his unique brand of humor better than he did. And while I think the series could use a slightly more upbeat ending, I don't want some book that doesn't even come close to capturing the spirit and humor of the rest of the trilogy.

So, I remain very weary.