19 Jul 2012
THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: ORIGINAL RADIO SCRIPTS and THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: FURTHER RADIO SCRIPTS are published in ebook for the first time ever on the 26th of July. As any good Douglas Adams fan knows, the Hitchhiker’s ‘trilogy’ originally sprung into the public’s imagination through the medium of BBC Radio 4 way back in 1978. We are proud to now launch them on ebook.
My favourite bits are the ‘scenes’ with Marvin the Paranoid Android and a mattress from the second volume THE HITCHHIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: FURTHER RADIO SCRIPTS:
MARVIN (He trudges a bit, stops for a heartfelt sigh) Aaaaaah. (Carries on trudging.Then, miserably) Another world, another day . . . In fourteen hours the sun will sink hopelessly beneath the opposite horizon of Squornshellous Zeta.Totally wasted effort, if you ask me. Not that there is anyone here to ask me. So I’ll just keep walking around in this very tiny circle for a few hundred years more until my power cells give out.
ZEM THE MATTRESS (Offensively breezy) Hallo, robot.
MARVIN (Bored) Hallo, mattress.
ZEM THE MATTRESS (Brought up short) Oh. (Then, brightly) What’s a mattress?
MARVIN You are.
ZEM THE MATTRESS Oh . . . (Then, brightly) Happy?
MARVIN But clearly you are a very stupid one.
ZEM THE MATTRESS (Not in the least insulted) We could have a conversation. Would you like
MARVIN No. And after I have calculated to ten significant decimal places what precise
length of pause is most likely to convey a general contempt for all things
mattressy, I will continue to walk round in tight circles. Don’t mind me –
not that you do anyway.
ZEM THE MATTRESS (Again, brightly) What’s a mattress?
MARVIN You are. You are a large mattress, and probably one of very high quality.
ZEM THE MATTRESS Really?
You can still catch the live theatre version of the radio plays at Edinburgh on the 21st of July where Neil Gaiman will be playing the voice of the book.
For more information on the show please check the link here!
See Tor commissioning editor extraordinaire Bella Pagan at the Manchester showing: