Douglas Adams’ frustrations and anxieties with The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy revealed | UK News

Writer Douglas Adams was “not interested” in his most famous work – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – and thought all characters were “Burks” according to a new book.

Adams’ frustrations and fears with his Hitchhiker’s Guide comedy science fiction series were revealed in a book titled 42, which includes his notebooks, letters, scripts, jokes, speeches, to-do lists, and poems from his archives.

The writer, who also wrote stories and was the screenwriting editor for Doctor Who, died of a heart attack in 2001 at the age of 49.

In one of the notes he himself wrote, Adams writes: “Arthur Dent is a burk. I don’t care. Ford Prefect is a burk. I don’t care. Zaphod Beeblebrox is a burk. I don’t care.

“Marvin is a burk. I don’t care. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a burk. I don’t care.”

42 contains notebooks, letters, scripts, jokes, speeches, to-do lists and poems from Adams’ archives

His complaint then turns into an imaginary conversation with a giant dragon named Lionel.

Elsewhere, Adams writes, “Writing isn’t really that bad when you get through worry. Forget the worry, just keep pressing. Don’t be ashamed of the bad parts. Don’t stress them …

“But writing can be good. You attack it, don’t let it attack you. You can enjoy it. You can definitely do it very well with it …”

After Adams’ death, his family loaned 67 boxes of archival material to the author’s former Cambridge College, St. John’s.

The crowdfunding book was developed in close collaboration with Adams’ estate and family.

Undated handout photo of St. John's College, Cambridge by Doctor Who and the Krikkimen label.  Adams' frustration with his most famous works - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - was revealed in his archives.  About 20 years after his death, a book appears, 42: The Wildly Improbable Ideas of Douglas Adams, with his notebooks, letters, scripts, jokes, speeches, task lists and poems from his archive.  Date of issue: Monday March 22, 2021.

Adams also wrote stories for Doctor Who and served as the script editor for the show

The book’s editor, Kevin Jon Davies, said it was “emotional” to see Adams’ notes and that the archives reflected his first meeting with the writer in 1978 with his “cluttered desk and butterfly mind” – draft pages, letters and ink-cross-out and ‘middle of thoughts’ notebooks – rich in comedic genius and really terrible typing ”.

Mathew Clayton, director of publishing at Unbound, said the book – whose numerical title reflects the supercomputer Deep Thought’s answer to life, the universe, and everything in the original The Hitchhiker’s Guide – is “finding a new way to unlock the archive of one of the most creative.” . ” Thinkers of the last half century …

“We wanted to make a book to improve on this legacy, to cement and strengthen Adams’ reputation as a philosopher and seer.

“With the enthusiastic support and guidance of his family, we believe 42 will do so – and crowdfunding is exactly the kind of revolutionary strategy Adams would have adopted.”

42: Douglas Adams’ wildly improbable ideas are due to appear in 2022 on the occasion of the writer’s 70th birthday.

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