Wednesday, September 17, 2008

no, no, no no no no no no...


"Hitchhiker's Guide" series to ride again

LONDON (Reuters) - Children's author Eoin Colfer is to write a sixth novel in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series, seven years after the death of its creator Douglas Adams, Penguin said Wednesday. The Irish writer, best known for his Artemis Fowl fairy stories, has the blessing of Adams' widow, Jane Belson, to continue the bestselling science fiction saga.
Called "And Another Thing...," the new novel will be published in October 2009. Colfer said he was a big fan of the original books, which started as a BBC radio serial.
"For years I have been finishing this incredible story in my head and now I have the opportunity to do it in the real world," he said in a statement. "It is a gift from the Gods. So, thank you Thor and Odin."
The satirical books tell the story of a hapless Englishman called Arthur Dent who travels the universe after the Earth is demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass.
The saga centers on the search for the answer to "life, the universe and everything," which after a long wait turns out to be 42. Penguin Managing Director Helen Fraser said she hoped Colfer would attract new readers to the books.
Adams died from a heart attack in California in 2001 at the age of 49. He had hoped to finish the series with a sixth novel.
"Five seems to be a wrong kind of number; six is a better kind of number," he once said.
(Reporting by Peter Griffiths; editing by Steve Addison)

No one could possibly do what Douglas Adams did-- I'm panicking...

8 comments:

Booksteve said...

While I don't really see a need for this--and, in fact, hated Adams' last two books--, I think Colfer is a good choice if it HAS to be done. The publishers may be just exploiting Arthur Dent's ghost but the author seems to have a real desire to do it right. Let's keep our fingers crossed and our towels handy.

Lisa_mynx said...

guess i should check out some of Colfer's stuff, but already i hate him just because he dares tread where no man belongs...

joe bloke said...

man, i hate this sort of crap. there's a rumour going around that they're getting in some other bloke to write a new Flashman novel ( George MacDonald Fraser being dead, an' all ). i'm sick of it. didn't somebody recently do a sequel to Pride & Prejudice? it's bollocks. i don't care how good a writer Colfer is. this is wrong, pure and simple. Douglas' legacy is perfection, and it doesn't need any add-ons or extras. maybe he WAS gonna write a sixth book, who knows? but he DIDN'T. leave it at that.

Booksteve said...

A sequel to PRIDE AND PREJUDICE? Just ONE??? Uh...there are at least two dozen "unofficial" sequels to the public domain PRIDE AND PREJUDICE and I can tell you (as the manager of a bookstore)that the fans eat them ALL up with no regards to quality!

Lisa_mynx said...

i've never read 'Pride & Prejudice', but i did see one of the god-awful film versions, and i can't imagine it would be hard for a decent writer to do a sequel... but no one could touch what Adams did-- other brains don't work that way...

Mike Church said...

The last book wasn't my fav either (and in fact Adams wasn't happy with the ending either and wanted to write a 6th book to fix it - he felt it was too dark). That being said, I'm not a big fan of other authors picking up where dead ones left off (the god-awful Godfather Returns and Godfather's Revenge books being freshest in my mind).

Lisa - how could you dis Jane Austen that way?

Lisa_mynx said...

Having never read a Jane Austen book (I guess I'm not as girlie as you fellers), I can't really comment, BUT it seems pretty generic to me, and even if the writing was SUPERB, it still lends itself fairly easily for others to pick up the mantle-- the same can NOT be said for Adams...

Mike Church said...

In all honesty, I read it in 11th grade english (or was that the Cliff Notes version?)and never had the desire to re-read it. You're right - a clever writer could probably do a passable imitation of Jane Austen (I'm talking to you, Emma Thompson!) But it would be harder to do Adams. Still, I might read the new book, if only because Arthur, Ford et al are like old friends. Still, it won't be the same.