Fit the First: A Guide to Celebrating 40 years of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The main characters in Hexagonal Phase, illustrated by Trystan Mitchell / The Bigfoot Studio

Unless you have been living under a mattress lately then you may well know that March 8th, 2018, a Thursday, celebrated the 40th Anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  In addition, March 8th, saw the launch of the Hexagonal Phase of Hitchhiker’s, which greatly helps us get the hang of Thursdays. For six Thursdays in a row there will be a new episode of The Hexagonal Phase, which can be heard here, or clicking the image below

The staff at Galactic Hitchhikers are all in full slouch mode celebrating the return of the Hg2g gang, and honoring the First of Froods Douglas Adams as his birthday is two days away.  We eagerly await your entry into this year’s THUMB TOAST album to be recorded FOREVER. Visit the 2018 Thumb Toast Hg2g 40th Anniversary Edition

I have been trying to keep up with everything posted by Dirk Maggs, the show’s scriptwriter-producer of the prior phases of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and now The Hexagonal, plus the LIVE! show. Additionally, Kevin Jon Davies, and Jem Roberts have posted a plethora of new articles celebrating Hg2g.  This flood of wonderful articles, and interviews to listen to, all  have caused my head to go all wonky (no not Wonko) to keep up with.

With regard to this incredible amount of material concerning the 40th Anniversary, The Hexagonal Phase, and to start off our Galactic Hitchhiker’s celebration (yes I know THE Anniversary was yesterday, consider this your timey-wimey news edition) I thought it would be good to offer a few selections here in case you may have missed them.

“Radio 4 celebrates the 40th anniversary of the iconic science fiction satire by Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, with a new series this week. Comedy producer and friend of the originator John Lloyd stars as the voice of the book. He and radio producer Dirk Maggs talk about the return of the ground breaking show”

Have a Listen to their discussion Here

The primary source for field research of  all things Hg2g is BBC RADIO 4 ,(<—-Do ya clicky thang) which has an abundance of article, clips, trailers and images.

One fine example is:

How we got to where we are tomorrow:
As Douglas Adams’s epic returns to radio four decades after it all began, we trace the cult of h2g2 – from radio to books to stage to TV to film and all the way back again…

Then there is this Hitchhiker’s Guide to Arthur Dent

The Independent Scholar that I am, who loves hearing (and researching through when I have the chance) about archived papers found this particular show quite incredible

SERIOUSLY…, DON’T PANIC It’s  The Douglas Adams Papers:
“John Lloyd unearths the private papers of his friend and colleague Douglas Adams, and discovers more about the agonies he went through to write The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, forty years ago.”
The program can be downloaded and listened to on the go and comes with a lovely “Contains Strong Language” warning.
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The BBC RADIO 4 site has everything you need to know regarding the Hexagonal Phase and has a wonderful Appendices section found here

In order to supplement your enjoyment of the Hexagonal Phase Episodes and Appendices from the BBC RADIO 4 site, I highly recommend these additional primary sources of Froody material from Kevin Jon Davies and Jem Roberts:

Kevin Jon Davies, animator on The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy television series now has a freshly pressed website where he has begun to tell his story with regard to his formative years working on Hg2g

Hitchhiker stage shows, documentaries, an illustrated book, behind the scenes, in the wings and under the table.  Plus, of course, there was Blake’s 7, Terrahawks, Roger Rabbit, More Than 30 Years in the Tardis, Dalekmania, Sci-Fi Channel, Space Jam, Space Island One and the London Film & Comic Con. ”

Additionally in October 2016 I reviewed Kevin’s Illustrated Hg2g, which is one of my prized books in my Douglas Adams collection, a MUST HAVE if for some reason your personal library does not include it, read the following
Full review here

Jem Roberts  (featured left) is not just ‘zis guy but an AUTHOR, PERFORMER, AND MANY OTHER INADEQUATE NOUNS. Jem is the official Douglas Adams biographer. Jem’s work can be found in that very splendid and worthwhile book entitled:

The Frood: The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams & The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Not only should you buy the hardcover, the paperback of said book, read them twice, dog ear a bunch of pages, over highlight a ton of lines, make sure you add it to your permanant reading pile on your nighttable.
By adding The Frood to your nighttable you will never go to bed in a bad mood and alongside your rubber ducky will never be alone.

Jem posted yesterday his own reflections on the 40th Anniversary of Hg2g, which you can read about here While you are at it, scroll to the bottom of the article as you may want to check out Jem’s Fits concerning the writing of The Frood.

In upcoming Fits here at Galactic Hitchhiker’s celebrating the 40th Anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, we will further explore the work of Dirk Maggs, Kevin Jon Davies, and Jem Roberts, plus other splendid and worthwhile Douglas Adams topics. STAY TUNED



A Word From Our Sponsor: BrineX Technologies

It is not often we allow our sponsors to be heard from behind the galactic curtain, but in times such as these they often beg.
Our sponsor, BrineX Technologies who you may know as the leader behind such products as: ScrubX Pads, the choice applicator for Telephone Sanitizers, and EffeX, the premiere chewing gum for those afflicted by the swear word syndrome of the *&$% system.


Now to our statement from Vice President of BrineX, Hig Bazinga:
“Here at BrineX Technologies we are dedicated to the latest in Towel cleaning technology.  Today we are happy to announce for you hoopy hitchhikers busy slouching, slumming or reclining that our most advanced laundry service product has been released: Squornshellus Pods. Unlike Tide-pods, our latest product has anti-oral technology.
The research from our top scientists, who are not gagged in a  closet unlike our competitors, shows that the seeds of a mattress from Squornshellous Zeta excrete a potent venom that activates upon ingestion, which means Do Not Stick Them In Your Mouth.  The venom from the mattress pod radically changes the DNA of any animal, or humanoid, that activates it via saliva from their facehole.  Upon activation the mattress seedling will change your DNA to that of the Wigwiggins shrub (so named after the botanist who discovered it) which is the primary nutrient source for all mattresses on Squornshellous Zeta.  

Once you transform into this nutritious shrub a mattress will consume and excrete you allowing for proper fertilization of their nests.  Thus you will be an active participant in the Squornshellous Zeta circle of life.

                                        We understand the need to experiment with mind-altering substances, or simply to follow the latest trends, and not think of the simplest of thoughts, such as: What exactly am I sticking in my mouth? Who told me to do this and why?

We simply ask for you to think it through and not be these two”

The staff at Galactic Hitchhhikers would like to thank the fine folks at One to Grow On Educators for their support of this message:


Thumb Toast To The Frood 2018: HG2G 40th Anniversary Edition

Howdy Hoopy Froods!
In one month will be the 66th birthday of our Founding Frood, Douglas Noel Adams, born on March 11th 1952.  Last year the staff here at Galactic Hitchhiker’s created an annual celebration to honor the first of Froods called “Thumb Toast to the Frood.”  This celebration, now in its second year comes at a time of a great galactic conjunction, the 40th Anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

If you are new to Galactic Hitchhiker’s, and our Thumb Toast, here is the…

A few of our inter-dimensional members thought it would be a pretty neat idea, something in league with digital watches, to honor the first of Froods, Douglas Adams, on his birthday.  There are a number of authors who have their birthday honored by fans via a Toast or visit to a location associated with said author. For example J.R.R Tolkien has had an annual birthday toast for decades hosted by The Tolkien Society and fans around the globe.  In addition H.P. Lovecraft fans visit his grave and read from his work. Therefore, Galactic Hitchhikers would like to honor Douglas Adams in a similar fashion, but on a more Galactic scale.

Towel Day Ambassador 2014
Joel Ranger

For the 2017 celebration we asked froods from across the planet to either send in a message via the form on the Toast page, or take a picture and their Thumb Toast, which you can see a few examples via our 2017 Album.

This year being the 40th Anniversary of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy we have changed up the details a bit and want YOU, Yes You Hoopy Froods, to be a lil extra creative in your submissions. It is entirely up to you how you would like to participate in our 2018 Thumb Toast to the Frood, but we would really love it if you considered these additionals options:

  • can you cosplay a particular character from the trilogy of six?
  • How big of a group can you get together to photograph raising your Thumbs to the Frood?
  • Are you a budding Field Researcher and wish to write Guide entries to celebrate the 40th?
  • Or record something via your sub-etha device & upload it somewhere to share with Galactic Hitchhikers

You do not have to be limited to any of the details of participating, if you have another wild and crazy idea to contribute to our celebration then by all means go for it!!

However, One Last Requirement, as cited on the Thumb Toast Page, please use the #FROODTOAST hashtag 



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I got a buck for that: GH Community Edition


The Galactic Hitchhikers community never ignores a distress call…

None of us have a million bucks, but a million of us have a buck. In this community we look out for each other, especially in times of hardship. That is what a community is. I am perpetually saving up to be broke myself. I had to borrow a nickel so I had two to rub together, before I realized that this was either some form of sorcery I was not familiar with the logistics of, or some ancient turn of phrase that doesn’t help anyone with anything other than having ten cents. 175123557

This man, and his wife Jessica Burke Anthony Burdge not in that order, are not after all some conjoined being from a planet far beyond as I once thought they were, they just share a facebook account…now that misconception was my fault, I drink a great deal. Away from digression…this man and his wife have been great supporters to all of our efforts here at Galactic Hitchhikers. I am glad to have them among my friends, to say the very least.

We all fall on hard times, sometimes harder than not. None of us are above hardship, and if you are then you really have no reason not to help out a brother and sister of this community. When I founded Galactic Hitchhikers back in 2011 we were just a few assholes trying to make the world a slightly more entertaining if not better place, little by little. Years later and we are a whole bunch of assholes with more power than ever before to make a difference.

1454617_10202642936852719_1459289866_nSo my friends I ask that you help a brother out. In the spirit of community and kindness that we seek to engender. If you can’t donate that’s fine, check out the gofundme page Anthony has set up, he has a bunch of ways that you can help. If you forgot how to read and looking at a page is too much for you, then share this post, click like on it, say an encouraging word in the comments below.

You can go back to telling us how offended you are, and reporting the posts of our admins, but you will have missed the chance to help Anthony and Jessica, and the chance to keep this community what is it supposed to be…friends helping friends.



Hitchhiker’s Guide to Christmas – Affordable edition I.

Christmas is coming. You are broke, but you want to give something hoopy.  We get it. This is why we went around the neighbourhood and looked for some affordable Hitchhiker gifts. As you could see, we favour Etsy and Redbubble and all our future Holidays merch posts will be in the same spirit!

So without further ado, Here is your guide, look no more!

(Click on the pictures to find further details! 😉 ) 









5. PINT GLASS, either to drink or to use it as a fancy vase! 










10. BAGS


Who is this Lisa Orozco anyway?

Hey Froods,

Today, I got a special thing for you. Today, we should be doing something nice. Especially those of you who live in the great big USA.

We have received a distress call from our 2016 Towel Day Ambassador, Lisa Orozco. Now, you probably heard about her as she is definitely one of the hoopiest froods out there. If you aren’t familiar with her, we shall present you with her winning entry of the 2016 TDA contest below:


Now, this Cosmic Cutie has a hobby and a dream. Her hobby is knitting. If we could call it a hobby. We would rather consider it as a super power given her ability to create such beautiful pieces of artwork. Don’t believe us? Have a look yourself!


And her dream? Her dream is to use this talent for good! She has two wonderful, smart daughters who love to learn and grow under her nourishment.

Lisa is hoping to use her knitting expertise to get the girls to dancing competitions and supply more epic sciencey stuff for their homeschooling.

Why would I want to support that and spend money on that, you ask?

Well, these girls really know what they are  doing and certainly know where their towels are! They are dancers, girls scouts, scientists, potterheads and real froods themselves. You could see them in the above video, supporting their mother’s Towel Day application and they are also epic models for her knitted creations! You would definitely put your money to the right place and you could receive customized, one of a kind, epic knitted creations.

And where could you get these epic things? Lisa has an etsy shop, Shabby Geek Boutique to order from, but you are also probably more than welcome to enquire about all the other cool things we featured on the pics!

Don’t be shy! Write Away!

Until then, wishing you all the best, Lisa and the girls:

Intergalactic tee sale at Qwertee!

Now, I know what you saying: These are not Galactic Hitchhikers tees and we don’t get profit out of hit, so what the hell? But here I am saying: support artists and buy creations. We will have plenty of time to advertise our product prior the festivities, but for now, I want you to have some goodies at reduced prices!


Here is their selection:

1. About 42: 




3. Forty Two: 


4. The Answer to the Question: 


5. The Answer Is: 


Grab them while you can! 

Not My President: 45 is Not Zaphod Beeblebrox


Special Addendum Number 1.0- Regarding the comparison of the 45th President of the United States of America to Galactic President and Worst Dressed Sentient Being in the Known Universe, Zaphod Beeblebrox:

While it is known to the editors that it is easy to think “they voted in an idiot,” and draw

His hair came from a distant planet

Trump’s hair before harvest

comparison the current Cheeto in Chief and the Big Z, Galactic Hitchhikers would like to point out that Zaphod Beeblebrox has at least a few likeable qualities.  Although Trump’s hair may be a semi- sentient creature from a distant world, only Earth can produce an asshole like him.

Zaphod is just this guy, you know? Beeblebrox is, as we know, an adventurer, ex-hippy, good timer (crook? quite possibly), manic self-publicist, terrible bad at personal relationships, and is often thought to be completely out to lunch. Donald Trump has never been an adventurer, ex-hippy, or a good timer. Yes Zaphod is an idiot of a Galactic President, but his actions never come from malice, rather they start an end in plain stupidity, often in ego, and always with ten out of ten points for style.

imagesThis Trump fellow on the other hand has as much sex appeal as a road accident. Not actually evil but he is bad-tempered, bureaucratic, officious and callous. Draining the swamp by overfilling it with greasier corporate elements which displace the even the greasiest paid for partisan politicians of Washington DC. He wouldn’t even lift a finger to save his own grandmother from the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal without orders – signed in triplicate by the Kremlin, sent in, called fake news, sent back, queried, lost, found, denied, accused of being Hillary Clinton’s emails, subjected to public inquiry, lost again, and finally buried in soft peat for three months and recycled as firelighters. The best firelighters, everyone tells him so.

Despite having a self-professed big brain and his claims to have all the best words, Donald’s speeches and public appearances are more often than not far worse than even b88the poetry of Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings; only having appeal to slug like creatures whom wave their firearms in the air and have no large intestines to reach up and throttle their brains. His approach to providing health care to the citizens of the country he leads is to repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with all out nuclear war. Less people to cover does equate to more affordable providence of care, it is supposed.  If the great nation of Canada was smart they would help Mexico build the wall Donny wants so badly, and then build their own wall between the US and themselves as it will help keep out the inevitable hordes of US citizens seeking to escape America as refugees.

Donald J Trump is a Vogon, and not even a very good one.  His father got him deferments from having to take Bureaucracy classes, and he failed all his other subjects, nuXExDWbut he is a Vogon nevertheless.

Let’s give the Big Z a break guys.  We are all so very tired of winning, but signing for the destruction of Earth is nothing compared to the Tangerine Menace disassembling all that is good about it and selling it off to the highest bidder. “Love and Kisses” to make way for a hyperspace bypass would be an act of compassion in contrast to divide and conquer. Stealing a starship is a lot less concerning to us than stealing the integrity of the office of the Presidency of the United States. At least Zaphod offered to show his spaceship to the girl, rather than grabbing her right by the……you know where we are going with this.

Remember, we only have just under three and a half more years to endure.  Meanwhile, we should not allow ourselves to be divided. We cannot fall for the callousness and hate. Find something to do for the unity of all those living on this planet we share. Stay vigilant, stay hoopy, RESIST, and most of all:



If all else fails the Frood has left us some great advice:



If none of this helps CLICK HERE

Douglas Adams Fan Anthology You & 42 Update: Prepare for the Whooshing

Howdy Hoopy Froods!
If you are shaking your head as to the meaning of my subtitle, “Prepare for the Whooshing,” then shake no more. It is not a tribal rite of Arcturus Grefa, nor the sound of flying mattresses out of the swamps of Sqornshellous Zeta, however it is the distinct noise a deadline makes as it goes by.  Deadline? Deadline? DEADLINE?!
What Deadline?!

I am afraid yes indeed we are imposing a deadline for anyone wishing to still contribute to You and 42: A Douglas Adams Fan Anthology. Wait? What?! There’s a forthcoming anthology dedicated to Douglas Adams? How come I didn’t hear about it you ask….Well…the answer to that is….I do not know, why haven’t you heard of it?

Well the first answer is personal to a degree and it was placed on hiatus a bit.

Firstly, my wife Jessica and I are the You and 42 editors, which will be published by Watching Books and see secondly….
Secondly, for most of this year we have dealt with a family matter, which had all of our time and attention. Our family is still our priority, and we will not get into the matter here, but this unfortunate time in our lives placed all of our projects, career and various matters on hold. Therefore, this project, You and 42 was subsequently on hiatus for sometime.

But Gallifrey Falls No More…Ummmm I mean You and 42 Whooshes Once Again!

What is You and 42?

“If you hadn’t guessed it, YOU AND 42 is going to be a volume of essays about the life and work of Douglas Adams. The format, as per usual (meaning of you are familiar with the other “You and Who book series by Watching Books), will be a series of essays each focussing on a particular area or production, through which the authors can talk about their personal experiences of Adams and his work. We are not looking for reviews, rather the kind of essays we prefer are those that take a more autobiographical or anecdotal slant; this book is about the “YOU” as much as it is the “42”. Having said that, we appreciate that Adams is a popular and complex author, and this time we’ll be happy to mix it up a bit, by including essays of all kinds as long as they encompass the theme of Douglas Adams touching our lives in some way.”

If I may now direct your attention to the full set of project details over on the You and Who website, which also has a list of topics with authors having been listed alongside some. If you do not see topics that apply to how you may have read the work of Douglas Adams, or how you subjectively feel about his work, then please by all means email me a pitch to Please read all of the particulars on the project website and if you do not see your question answered, then by all means email me.  Lastly, if you did not know all proceeds from sales of this books will be donated to charity. If you visit the Watching Books website,  please peruse their collection of  very splendid and worthwhile titles for sale, all benefiting charity.

Now the Rub…
This project began in March of 2016–and of course for every kind of book it takes sometime to come together. It can be 6 months, a year or more before a volume is fully actualized and transmitted across the galaxy. We have a significant amount of contributions but I would really like to bulk it up a bit more. If you have contributed to You and 42, THANK YOU!  If you would like to contribute anymore, then I would be wholeheartedly grateful.
If you have promised to send in an essay I completely understand if life, the universe and everything has gotten in the way…however, I shall be emailing everyone who has inquired, regardless of a contribution or not, within 48 hours. If you receive said email then please read further details of this overall message within and reply accordingly.

Now the great whooshing….
We have never had a deadline for this project, but there comes time when we must push it forward so the reading public can enjoy your contributions, therefore  anyone who wishes to contribute the imposed deadline is Weds, September 20th 2017. This is just one day under the 2 month mark from now and I hope more than enough time for you to complete any contributiuon you wish to send in. Whether you wish your own personal memory, Douglas Adams fan organization, event, or significant occasion represented there will be no extensions beyond this deadline. If we can stick to the aforementioned deadline then You and 42 can be sent into Watching Books before the end of the year and published around the new year. So prepare for the great whooshing for if you wish for your thoughts to be heard within this volume then time will not wait for you.

“I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”

― Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Peace and Towels,

Anthony S Burdge

Editor, You and 42