Questions tagged [the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy]

For questions about The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 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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Why did Douglas Adams pick 42 as the ultimate answer?

Star Trek often refers to 47 and Star Trek made a sport out of finding real or imagined references to 47. Why did Douglas Adams pick 42 as the ultimate answer in the Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy?
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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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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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H2G2 — Teleportation Also Results in Time Travel?

In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur, Ford, Zaphod, Trillian, and Marvin have just stolen Hotblack Desiato's stunt ship after leaving Milliways and traveled into the past 2 million ...
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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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How did Douglas Adams choose the Ultimate Question?

What do you get if you multiply six by nine? "Six by nine. Forty two." "That's it. That's all there is." "I always thought something was fundamentally wrong with the universe" ... Well as ...
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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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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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Did the Doctor inspire Slartibartfast?

I've seen that Douglas Adams was a screenwriter for Doctor Who. In HHGG, Slartibartfast initially wouldn't tell his real name. Similarly, the Doctor won't tell his real name. Slartibartfast picks ...
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Why is the “trilogy” made of five books?

I just completed the first book in the Hitchhiker's Guide series and started the second. Something I've seen written about the series is that it is a "trilogy of five", which taken literally is an ...
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How old is Slartibartfast?

We know that Slartibartfast, as the designer of Norway, must have been involved at the start of the 10-million-year Earth program. And yet we also know that when Arthur meets him, he has been asleep ...
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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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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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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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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.