Newly Discovered Fragments from The Hitchhiker's Guide Will Be Published

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Douglas Adams was the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and its sequels. These hilarious science fiction novels were huge bestsellers in the 1980s and 90s.

Sadly, Adams died in 2001 at the age of 49. At the time of his death, Adams was working on a novel called The Salmon of Doubt. His editors found it on the hard drive of his computer and published it as well as some of his other writings a year later.

Yet this was not the end of Adams creative contributions. The Adams family recently granted biographer Jem Roberts access to the novelist's personal papers. There he found even more material from the Hitchhiker series. Roberts will publish them in The Frood, his upcoming biography of Adams. Alison Flood writes in The Guardian:

A selection is set to be included in his forthcoming biography of Adams, The Frood, from cut extracts from the first Hitchhiker's Guide novel, The Dentrassi and Arthur's Reverie, to extracts from the "lost" draft of Life The Universe and Everything, including one on "Inter-Species Sex". […]

There is "an enormous amount of material out there that has never been seen before", said Roberts. As well as Life, the Universe and Everything, the biography will feature an alternative original pitch for Hitchhiker, a lost rough script for the second television series, and further scraps of unused material, with names like Baggy the Runch and The Assumption of Saint Zalabad.

The Life, the Universe and Everything draft, Roberts said, has "whole chapters where the characters are doing different things – different ideas he never got round to using, [such as] chapters written from Arthur Dent's point of view".

-via Nerdcore

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