Penguin launches the official Hitchhiker’s sequel with a day long conference at the Royal Festival Hall
You may not have noticed, but there’s something stirring in the Galaxy… bestselling Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer’s 6th novel in the ever-more increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, will be published on 12th October, the 30th anniversary of publication of the first book in the late, great Douglas Adams’ phenomenally successful series.
Douglas Adams himself once said: “I suspect at some point in the future I will write a sixth Hitchhiker book. Five seems to be a wrong kind of number, six is a better kind of number.”
Douglas’ final book in the Hitchhiker’s series ended (as it began) with the complete destruction of Earth. Everyone is dead, which doesn’t leave much of an opening for Eoin to start the sixth book in the series. So how does Eoin bring the eternal pessimist Arthur Dent, his alien best friend Ford Prefect and the two headed Galactic President Zaphod Beelbebrox back from the dead?
London’s Southbank Centre and Penguin Books have joined forces to create Hitchcon’09: a day of celebration and spectacle voyaging deep into the Hitchhiker’s Universe on Sunday 11th October. Special guests include Clive Anderson, Andrew Sachs, Dirk Maggs , Simon Jones and Harry Shearer, and the original Hitchhiker’s cast of the Radio series will be recreating a Hitchhiker episode live on stage. Eoin Colfer will be introduced by Ireland’s multi-platinum selling band The Blizzards, playing their single inspired by And Another Thing…
“I really hope you will board the spaceship with me so we can travel through Douglas Adams’ hilarious galaxy together, which will save me having to hang around in your driveway.” Eoin Colfer