Trivia: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Novels trivia:

  • Author Existence Failure: Trope Namer, almost; the third book mentions a "total existence failure". Later, of course, succumbed to the trope when Adams died while working on the sixth book; his last published collection of pieces, The Salmon of Doubt, contains an early draft of a Dirk Gently novel that Adams was hoping to rework into a Hitchhiker book.
  • Creator Breakdown: Regarding the Downer Ending of Mostly Harmless and the mixed-to-negative reaction from fans, Adams conceded, "I just had a thoroughly miserable year, and I was trying to write a book against that background." He intended a sixth book to give the series a better conclusion, but succumbed to Author Existence Failure first.
  • Executive Meddling: In Life, the Universe, and Everything, the Silver Bail of Peace is the Rory Award for "Most Gratuitous Use of the Word 'Fuck' in a Serious Screenplay". US censors were offended, and Adams, bowing to their wishes, promptly changed the offending word to "Belgium". Fortunately, the resulting passage was much funnier, as Adams modified the surrounding conversation to fit the change, as well.
    Arthur: "Have you ever been to Belgium in fact?"

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Radio trivia:

  • Slartibartfast is not named for the majority of the episode he first appears in. Word of God explained that it was a joke at the expense of the woman who had to type the scripts - that she'd typed this name a dozen times and he simply said 'My name is not important'.
  • The seventh episode was originally broadcast on 24 December 1978. Consideration was given, partly due to the date and partly due to the fact that all the plot threads had been tied off at the end of episode six, to making it a stand-alone Christmas special in which Marvin would have been both figuratively and literally the star (of Bethlehem), and by participating in a nativity scene would be cured of his depression. In the end they made it a normal episode, devoted to untying enough plot threads for the series to continue.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • In the original radio series, David Jason was the Golgafrincham "B" Ark Captain, and Jim Broadbent played one of the complaining philosophers and one of the gun-happy cops on Magrathea.
    • In the recent radio adaptations we have Christian Slater as Wonko the Sane, Jackie Mason as The East River Creature and Stephen Fry (again) as Murray Bost Henson.
  • Hipgnosis: Did the cover art for the British releases of the soundtrack albums.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: The theme for the radio show was a snatch of the Eagles' "Journey Of The Sorceror", an instrumental from their 1975 album One Of These Nights. It would be re-orchestrated for the Radio L Ps, and that arrangement was later used for the TV series.

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