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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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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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 ...