Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Hitchhiker Returns!

This Fall, 2009, will mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of the first book in a wildly popular series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. When Adams died suddenly in 2001 without finishing his beloved series, his millions of fans were left to mourn a dual loss. But now, working with the blessing of Adams' widow, a new author will step up to complete the series. Eoin Colfer, the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series for young readers, will complete the series, and Book Six -- And Another Thing -- will publish in the fall in conjunction with the 30th annivesary.

This is what Eoin Colfer, who lives in Ireland, had to say about this honor:

"Almost a quarter of a century after first reading Hitchhiker, I have been given the incredible opportunity of writing the next chapter in the saga myself. My first reaction was semi-outrage that anyone should be allowed to tamper with this incredible series. But on reflection I realized that this is a wonderful opportunity to work with characters I have loved since childhood and give them something of my own voice while holding onto the spirit of Douglas Adams and not laying a single finger on his five books. I am bloody determined that this will be the best thing I have ever written. And if it isn't then I will make sure that the cover is extremely pretty."

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