On the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

You Can't Go Home Again, Damn It!

Even If Your Planet Hasn't Been Blown Up by Vogons
By Susan Sizemore

I really wish I had’t taken this gig.

Let me explain. My introduction to Douglas Adams was late at night sometime back in the seventies. That was when I turned on the television to the sight of a curly-haired man in a long scarf hunting for something called the Key of Time in a hollowed-out planet and saying something like, “I’ll never be cruel to an electron again.” I goggled at this, laughed and settled down to watch the rest of the show. It was also my introduction to Doctor Who–but that’s a subject for another essay. This Doctor Who episode was “The Pirate Planet” and was written by Douglas Adams. It sparked my addiction to the Doctor and to the work of this writer. I haven’t seen Doctor Who in years, and I don’t think I’m going to go back and watch them any time soon.

You see, when Glenn Yeffeth invited me to contribute to this book I was delighted. I thought I’d write an article about the influence The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy has had on my life. I have so many good memories of the events centered around the books, radio and television series, and Douglas Adams himself. I wanted to write an homage, so I delved back into my past.

I honestly do not remember whether I saw the series first, or read the books, or heard the album of the radio program first. I think it might have been the album. I do remember that  …

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