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



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:



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Zaphod Speaks! Galactic Hitchhikers Interview Mark Wing-Davey

Zaphod Speaks! Galactic Hitchhikers Interview Mark Wing-Davey
by Anthony S Burdge

Greetings Hoopy Froods!

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to you all our faithful froods the 1st in a new Galactic Hitchhiker’s feature: Hoopy Frood Interviews!
The idea for this feature began in March 2016 as I was formulating content ideas for You and 42: A Douglas Adams Fan Anthology. I felt it would be great to get something in the book direct from folks involved in HG2G productions. I wrote to Mark Wing-Davey aka Zaphod Beeblebrox and received a very nice reply from him and his assistant. For those who may or may not know Mark Wing-Davey is the Chairperson, and Arts Professor, of Graduate Acting at NYU Tisch School of the Arts (Read up on his career here) In 2015 I wrote to him to see if we could meet up for Towel Day and to buy him a pint, but our schedules didn’t allow it. Since then Mark and his assistant have been kind enough to write with concern to new productions such as “The Double Man.”  I wrote of The Double Man on a past incarnation of the Galactic Hitchhikers website, but unfortunately the article was lost due to the server switch.
In correspondence with Mark we arranged an interview with him, which I would then transcribe into a cohesive narrative for You and 42. We met with Mark via Skype where the interview was recorded. It is just about an hour long and has lots of great material about Mark’s career, time working on the Hg2g radio and television series, thoughts on Douglas Adams and much more!

CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON BELOW to hear the interview in its entirety. Unfortunately Jared had a few microphone issues on his end so he had to ask Mark his questions via Skype text chat. This means you will hear a bit of dead air and then Mark answering the question, or Zaxley and I asking the question for Jared.


Interview Conducted July 2016 with GH Founder Zaxley Nash, Audio Engineer Jared McLaughlin, and GH Writer/Field Researcher Anthony S Burdge

We had such as great time chatting with Mark and are humbled, honored, and grateful to have had the opportunity to do so. The discussion was alot of fun, full of laughs and very informative.
Thank you Mark for your time and the chance to speak with you!

In discussion with Galactic Hitchhiker’s Founder Zaxley Nash, our Sub-Etha Channel 42 Engineer Jared McLaughlin and myself, we felt this was something we wanted to continue and be a GH feature. Our next interview to be posted soon was with Kevin Jon Davies who has had a long fan and professional career associated with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Davies worked on graphics for the television series, interviewed Douglas Adams on numerous occasions, is a highly regarded documentarian, for example “The Making of ‘The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ which used archive footage and new specially shot material. The forthcoming interview with Kevin, we speak with him about his career, which shall also be transcribed for You and 42.
We are honored to have Kevin as a part of our Galactic Hitchhikers Facebook Community, which can be found here
Click here to read more of Kevin’s career from his bio on the website for Lazlar Lyricon 3  Plus I reviewed his book The Illustrated Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Additionally we interviewed author Keith DeCandido, which shall be added to our featured interview section soon!

We now have 3 interviews in the can and are currently working toward additional shows.  We hope you enjoy these interviews and look forward to your thoughts.