“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is the first in a series of science-fiction novels. The story began life as a radio broadcast on BBC Radio in 1978 and it was later adapted into the better known novel. The story has been adapted for many other purposes as well including stage shows, television, film, computer games and comics. It has become one of the most popular science fiction stories of all time and has sold more than 14 million copies in 30 languages. Let’s find out who wrote this popular novel.
Who wrote “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”?
The six episode radio series was written by Douglas Adams with some contributions from John Lloyd. Adams pitched the idea to the BBC in February 1977 and began work on the script. The idea for his work came in 1971 when he was hitchhiking around Europe with a copy of “Hitch-hiker’s guide to Europe”. He found himself slightly intoxicated and lying under the stars with his book. It was at that time he thought that it would be a good idea for someone to write a hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy. The pilot was completed by mid 1977 and more episodes were commissioned. The first broadcasts came the year later and were highly successful with critics and audiences around Britain. The book was adapted from the radio play and was first published in 1979 by Pan Books, after being turned down by BBC Publishing. It was a number one hit within two weeks and sold a quarter of a million copies within three months. Adams wrote four more books in the series and another was written by Eoin Colfer eight years after Adams death.
The big budget 2005 film by the same name was adapted from the popular novel. The screenplay is credited to Douglas Adams (posthumous credit) and Karey Kirkpatrik.