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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a series of BBC radio plays and books by Douglas Adams. It is a science fiction comedy, beginning with the destruction of Earth to make a hyperspace bypass and a quest for the question to the ultimate answer (which is 42).

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What does “Sund, explns.” mean in one of the Hitchhiker's guide books?

In the second book of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, contractors were told not to install a teleporter into a ship that's going to be sent into the sun. They did it anyway and put it in ...
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Did Douglas Adams get the idea of communication/alien dolphins from “Stationary Orbit” by Peter Macey?

Inspired by this question/answer. Given that the novel by Macey was written four years prior to the first broadcast of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and subsequent novelization, is there any ...
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Why did Douglas Adams introduce conflict between Arthur and the mice into later versions of Hitchhiker's Guide?

In the original radio series of Hitchhiker's, the mice have no interest in taking Arthur's brain, and are only interested in offering him money for what he might know about the question. In the later ...
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In 'The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy' radio series, which parts of the Secondary Phase are not real? [duplicate]

One key element is left unresolved in Series 2 of the BBC radio series (the Secondary Phase), originally aired in 1980. At the end of this Phase, Zarniwoop reveals to Zaphod Beeblebrox that at some ...
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Is the Hexagonal Phase of the H2G2 radio series consistent with previous books or previous radio series?

At the end of Mostly Harmless, The epilogue of the Quintessential Phase of the H2G2 ends differently: And Another Thing picks up where Mostly Harmless ended and obviously diverts from the radio ...
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Is the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (the real guide) in English?

In chapter 5 of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, Ford Prefect shows Arthur the Guide: Ford handed the book to Arthur. "What is it?" asked Arthur. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It'...
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What is the original 42 quote/joke?

I tried to search the original 42 quote from google, but it would not give me much. I wonder, what is the original 42 quote or aka the answer to life, the universe, and everything else...
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Hitchhiker's Guide time error [duplicate]

I'll add some quotes from the Wikipedia summary, as it wouldn't get clearer if I quoted everything from the book. The quotes which I'll take from the book won't have any page number, as it varies from ...
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How many books are there in “The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy” series?

I have seen an edition of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy that was a compilation of four books, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe ...
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H2G2: Why three pints?

Was the 3 pints of beer Ford wanted Arthur to drink, for space travel preparation? Or the shock he may feel, when the Vogons arrive and destroy earth? I assumed for a few years, it was for a more "...
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What story has a man forget a very significant question?

I recall reading about a man who has solved some very significant question--The meaning of life, perhaps. But nobody ever gets to hear this profound discovery because he becomes distracted and the ...
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Why did Ford Prefect save Arthur Dent?

In the film of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur saves Ford from being run over, and later Ford saves Arthur from the Earth being demolished. But in the original radio series and books, we ...
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In the radio series, how did Zaphod get into the artificial universe?

In the book The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, it's very clearly explained how Zaphod gets into the simulated universe; he's in it from the moment he enters Zarniwop's office, and a big deal ...
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How many people are the three billion watching Zaphod Beeblebrox?

I'm reading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in English for the first time, and came across the passage when Zaphod Beeblebrox is going to steal the Heart of Gold. It strikes me that it says ...
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Impossibly complex game discussed in the Hitchhikers' Guide series

In one of the Hitchhikers' Guide books, Douglas Adams has an aside about an impossibly complex sport. I remember nothing except that I believe higher dimensions are involved. I originally posted ...
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Did Arthur switch dimensions in SLATFATF or was the Earth replaced?

My understanding was that the Earth that Arthur found and on which he met Fenchurch in So Long and Thanks for all the Fish was an Earth that was found in another dimension which the dolphins then used ...
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Death Penalty for Insurance Company Directors

In Hitchhiker's Mostly Harmless, at the end of Chapter 14, Trillian and Arthut have this convo: Trillian: The insurance business is completely screwy now. You know they've reintroduced the death ...
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Where does real political power lie in Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

In the beginning of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, when the narrator is first introducing Zaphod Beeblebrox, he mentions that "Very very few people realize that the President and the Government ...
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Is “spewed up a payment” a misprint?

In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, when Arthur and Ford are picked up by the Heart of Gold, they experience the effects of the Infinite Improbability drive, causing their surrounding to shift ...
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Which head does Zaphod normally talk with?

In the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books, there are only a few cases where it is specified which head Zaphod Beeblebrox talks out of (these are typically when one head is drunk or eating, as far ...
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Intentional Structure in HHGG?

I'm rereading the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in one volume. It is 815 pages long. There is a point, where Arthur has defeated Agrajag and learns how to fly at which his character changes. He is ...
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Do we know Ford Prefect's old name?

I was reading this question about Ford's name, and was reminded that it is not his original name. Do we know what his name was before it was "Ford Prefect"?
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What happened to Elvis in Mostly Harmless?

In Douglas Adams's book Mostly Harmless, all creatures from Earth are returned to Earth for its final destruction along all probability axes, and Elvis exists on another planet as a lounge singer. The ...
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Why does Zaphod Beeblebrox call Ford Prefect “Ford” when they meet on the Heart of Gold?

Ford Prefect took that name because he thought it sounded like a normal name on Earth. I couldn't find any mention anywhere that he used this name before his 15-year-long visit to Earth and he didn't ...
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In Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, how much did six pints cost?

Ford orders six pints of beer (muscle relaxant) and pays with a five pound note. When he is told to keep the change, the barman is genuinely thankful for such a large tip. How much did a pint of ...
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Why was Hitchhiker's Guide censored?

Douglas Adams' American publishers forced him to change some of the text in Life, the Universe and Everything: "Asshole" became "kneebiter", "shit" became "swut", and most bizarre and hilarious of ...
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Why is Towel Day on May 25th?

Every fan of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy probably knows of Towel Day. But why is it on May 25th and not on another day? Does anyone know?
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Was Heart of Gold designed after Aries 1B or USS Discovery?

In the 2005 version of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Heart of Gold appears thus: In Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, there are two ships with similarly round designs and thin ...
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Why were aliens allowed to visit Earth?

I understand that the Earth was a computer for deriving the Ultimate Question, (for which the answer was 42), and that calculation would take 10 million years. What doesn't make sense to me is, once ...
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Why don't the Magratheans make a new world for themselves?

I know the out-of-universe answer: It's a joke. I am, however, looking for an in-universe answer. In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, we have the planet of Magrathea, which used to make planets ...
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Why does everyone in the universe have a feeling that something's going on that nobody would tell them what it is?

"You know," said Arthur thoughtfully, "all this explains a lot of things. All through my life I've had this strange unaccountable feeling that something was going on in the world, something big, even ...
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What is a Hrung?

Before Ford Prefect was born, his father lived on Betelgeuse Seven - until the Great Collapsing Hrung Disaster. He was the only survivor on the planet. After that, he moved to Betelgeuse Five, where ...
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Where did the name “Marvin” come from?

It is documented that the character of Marvin the android was based on Andrew Marshall. Wikipedia further suggests that his name originally was Marshall, but was changed to avoid offense and also to ...
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What are Ford Prefect and Zaphod Beeblebrox singing in their death hymn?

In the the original series from the 80's at the end they are singing a betelguzian death hymn. In the german version of episode 4 it is a bit better understandable. It seems like they are singing ...
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Is there a link between the Vogon's “Resistance is Useless” and the Borg's “Resistance is Futile”?

In the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy we read: FORD: Alright, just stop panicking! ARTHUR: Who said anything about panicking?!? This is still just a culture shock. FORD: Arthur! You’re ...
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What philosophy does the secret ruler of the universe represent?

I really am not sure what to make of this guy. In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio drama, Secondary Phase, CD disc 3 track 19, "Pussy Want His Fish?", our heroes finally meet The Man, the ...
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How can Fenchurch read the Guide?

In "Thanks for All the Fish", Fenchurch finds the Hitchhiker's Guide which Arthur left in her brother's car when Arthur was...well...hichhiking. She reads about the places in the book and asks Arthur ...
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Does the Babel fish translate written text?

Per my other questions, I had assumed until the end of "Thanks for All the Fish" that Arthur could read things from alien planets including the Hitchhiker's Guide because the Babel fish translated ...
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Is this divine monument actually written in English?

In the book, Thanks for All the Fish the story ends with 4 of the characters finding God's last message to his creation in giant flaming letters. For some reason, these letters seem to be English. I ...
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Who is the other robot queuing in the HHGTTG movie?

In the movie, there is a scene where the "heroes" are queuing to get Trillian released. There is a familiar looking robot in the background. Who is this?
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How does Arthur Dent see English vocalizations, not Vogon ones?

When Ford Prefect shoved the Babel Fish in the ear of Arthur Dent, he is able to understand and comprehend speech by Vogons instead of hearing the screeches of their native language. But in the film, ...
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What is the name of the ID card in “Mostly Harmless”?

In Mostly Harmless, Ford steals an ID card and uses it to impersonate one of the Guide's top executives in order to hack into their virtual reality accounting system. I can't find what the card is ...
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What happened between Twelfth and Thirteenth?

I'm listening to the Hitchhiker's Guide radio series, and there seems to be an obvious disconnect between these two parts: Fit the Twelfth: At the end, Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and Zaphod ...
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Why was Marvin called “the paranoid android”?

Marvin, from The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, is clearly depressed, but there are not any indications that I recall (from the books, at least ) that he is paranoid. Yet both in-universe and out-of-...
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Why is 'Belgium' the rudest word in Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy?

The Hitchhiker's Guide wiki states that 'Belgium' is the rudest word in the galaxy. Why?
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What is the range of effect for the Infinite Improbability Drive?

Inspired by this exchange in chat: Jack B Nimble @ScienceFiction&Fantasy Brought you to by someone who doesn't understand probability. phantom42 @ScienceFiction&Fantasy Zaphod just ...
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What are the “six green ships” that visit the man who really runs the Galaxy?

In Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Zarniwoop commandeers the Heart of Gold, and brings it (along with Zaphod Beeblebrox and Trillian) to visit the man who really runs the Galaxy. He's a hermit ...
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What the zark is this all about?

Who, or what, is "Zark" in the Hitchhiker's Guide series? When did it, he, or she originate, and what does the word "zark" refer to? The first time I remember {it / him / her} being mentioned is on ...
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Where is Fenchurch?

In "Mostly Harmless", Arthur Dent notes that the universe is only missing two things, the world he was born on, and the woman he loves. Where in the universe is Fenchurch?
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Where did the idea of the POV gun come from?

Where did the idea or concept of the Point of View gun originate in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy film? I've checked the books, and couldn't find it.