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My friends,

I apologize for my absence this past year.  With DNA's new work coming out,
and a general settling down of my life, I hope to once again resume
a fairly regular and attentive role as FAQ maintainer - that is, if someone
hasn't already taken my place! (If so, contact me so we can figure it all
out!)  I'll also be completing the "renovations" to my home page, bringing
it up to date, and in general doing again what I started all those years ago.
Heh.  At least, all those years ago in Internet terms.

Well, without any further ado...

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FOREWORD

Buy "Don't Panic" by Neil Gaiman.  It is the best guide to 'The Guide'
that is around.  Relevant details are :

  TITLE:	Don't Panic
  SUBTITLE:	Douglas Adams & the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  AUTHOR:	Neil Gaiman (with additional material by David K. Dickson)
  PUBLISHER:	Titan Books Ltd,
		19 Valentine Place
		London SE1 8HQ
  PAGES:	225
  ISBN:		1-85286-411-7
  PRICE:	UK price 3.99

(See section 7.2, Translations, for the German edition of Don't Panic)
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This is the list of frequently asked questions (and their answers) for
the newsgroup alt.fan.douglas-adams.  There is biographical
information about Douglas Adams, answers to the frequently asked questions
that plague the group, interesting notes and tidbits that you may not 
have known, and anything else that I and readers of the group have found
interesting.

This FAQ is possible only through the support of the DNA fans around
the world, mostly but not limited to the readers of alt.fan.douglas-adams.
Without their help, this document would be pretty skimpy indeed. I wish
I could maintain the names and originators of all the information found
in this document, but that is nearly impossible. So accept this global 
thanks to all the contributors. And special thanks to Evan Macbeth 
(Paradox !-) ) for keeping me on track and up to date on EVERYTHING.
As usual, any info you think pertinant, interesting, enjoyable, etc. that
you think deserves a spot in this FAQ, send along to nhughes@umich.edu. I 
love reading the mail, even if I can't include your particular piece.

Special Thanks go to Nathan Torkington for his origination of the FAQ, 
and his creation of much of the original text and structure for this
FAQ.

Where possible, pointers to existing information (such as books,
magazine articles, and ftp sites) are included here, rather than
rehashing that information again.  Information is provided without
guarantee -- if you get stung using any of the information provided
here, or send off your personal fortune and are stuck, then I accept
no blame or responsibility.  It's your own damn fault.

If you haven't already done so, now is as good a time as any to read
the guide to Net etiquette which is posted to news.announce.newusers
regularly.  You should be familiar with acronyms like FAQ, FTP and
IMHO, as well as know about smileys, followups and when to reply by
email to postings.

This FAQ is currently posted to news.answers and alt.fan.douglas-adams.
All posts to news.answers are archived, and it is possible to retrieve
the last posted copy via anonymous FTP from rtfm.mit.edu as
/pub/usenet/alt.fan.douglas-adams/douglas-adams-FAQ.  You can also 
retrieve it from the European mirror of rtfm, at 
ftp.uni-paderborn.de/pub/doc/FAQ.  Those without FTP access should send 
e-mail to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with 
"send usenet/news.answers/finding-sources" in the body to find out how to do
FTP by e-mail.

You can ftp to ftp.umd.umich.edu in /people/nhughes to access what I have 
put in my ftp directory relating to DNA. I'll add things as I get them.

Contributions, comments and changes should be directed to
	nhughes@umich.edu

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By popular demand, I'm now marking up the FAQ to show areas that
have been updated, added, or changed.  In the table of contents you'll
see a '*' at each section that has changed since the last revision,  and 
a '#' for each section that has changed since two revisions ago.  If
you go to that section, I'll have marked the changed text with more '*''s,
if applicable.  I'll do this to any additions or significant edits that
are done, but probably leave deletions or corrections out of the system.
Hope you enjoy, and let me know if you have any other suggestions!

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List of Answers

  1 	  	Biographical Information
  1.1 		Who the heck is Douglas Adams
  2  	 	Douglas Adams and Computers
  2.1 		Macintoshes
  2.2 		Computer Games
  3   		Merchandising
  3.1 		Audio Tapes & CDs
  3.2 		Albums
  3.4 		Videos
  3.5 		Laserdisc
  3.6 		CD-ROM / Computer Versions
  3.7 		The Illustrated Hitch Hiker's Guide Info-Blurb
  3.8		10th Anniversary Radio Scripts
  3.9		Voyager Books over the Web
  3.10		DNA's New Company
  4   		Explanations
  4.1 		The Ending to "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency"
  4.2 		Young Zaphod Plays It Safe
  4.3 		Paul Neil Milne Johnstone (aka Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings)
  4.4 		The Incredible Disappearing 7th Episode
  4.5		What the heck happened with Ford's name?
  4.6		Why did Douglas participate in that Visions of Heaven and 
		Hell program anyway?
  4.7		Marvin, the Pink Floyd, and Everything
  4.8		Probable Solution to the Ill Guide Puzzle
  5   		Miscellaneous
  5.1 		Stuff
  5.1.1 	"The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul"
  5.1.2 	The Islington phone number
  5.1.3 	That Dire Straits mystery song
  5.1.4 	Hotblack Desiato
  5.1.5		Flaws in the More Than Complete Hitch Hiker's Guide
  5.1.6  	How Expensive _IS_ Milliways?
  5.1.7		Theme Music to the Radio Series
  5.1.8		The Towel Thing
 *5.1.9		Shada and City of Death
  5.1.10	Arthur's House in the TV Series
  5.1.11	Meaning of Liff <-> Meaning of Life?
  5.1.12	The Death of the Cosmic Cutie
  5.1.13	Zaphod Beeblebrox is Alive!
  5.1.14	The New Fish on the Block
  5.1.15	That Small Cafe in Rickmansworth
  5.1.16	First Ever Dirk Gently Stage Production
  5.1.17	Simon Jones in 12 Monkeys
  5.2 		Number Games (I.E. The 42 Thing)
  5.3 		Other Authors
  5.4 		The Future
# 5.5 		DNA and Pink Floyd
  5.6 		Related Electronic Information
  5.6.5		The Ultra Complete Indexes
  5.7 		The Movie
  5.8		Terran Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Recipes
  5.9 		Differences Between the US and UK Editions of LtUaE
#*5.10		Marvin, the Paranoid Rock Star
  6 		The Order of Everything
  7		Book Information
  7.1		ISBN Numbers
# 7.2		Translations
  7.3		The Salmon of Doubt
  8		ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha

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1   Biographical Information

In this section you will find information on Douglas Adams.  The
information isn't very detailed, because of (a) a desire to respect
his privacy, and (b) you might as well buy "Don't Panic" anyway (see
the very start of the file for information on Don't Panic).

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1.1 Who the heck is Douglas Adams

Douglas Noel Adams (DNA) was born on March 11th, 1952.

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1.2 What's this about the barrister?

After nearly a decade of saying in his blurbs that he was nearly
married to a lady barrister, on November 25 1991 Douglas Adams and
Jane Belson tied the knot in a quiet ceremony at Finsbury town hall in
London.  Bad luck, ladies.  They live in Islington.

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1.3 What's this about Rocket Launches?

(as quoted from DNA)

A piece of personal information:

My wife Jane gave birth to our first child on June 22nd (1994). Her name 
is Polly Jane Adams, but while she was in the womb she acquired the nickname
Rocket.  She's long and slim and dark haired and is incomprehensibly beautiful.

Best,

Douglas Adams    

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2   Douglas Adams and Computers

DNA definitely has a close association with computers.  Here you will
find about his love for Macintoshes, computer games he has (and
hasn't) written, and electronic versions of his books.

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2.1 Macintoshes

Douglas Adams likes Macintoshes, and at one stage lived with one in
Islington (see the dedication to The Complete Radio Scripts and 
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency).  He says that
computers have completely changed the way he writes (he has gone
from avoiding writing by finding food to eat, to avoiding writing by
reconfiguring his Macintosh's operating system).

He has even written a foreword to ``PowerBook, The Digital Nomad's
Guide'' (ISBN 0-679-74588-2), saying how he couldn't see how he ever
did without his PowerBook before.

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2.2 Computer Games

With Infocom's Steve Meretzky (who no longer works for Infocom after
their takeover by Mediagenic), he wrote "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the
Galaxy" adventure game.  "Bureaucracy" was credited to "Douglas Adams
and The Staff of Infocom" - there were lots of Infocom people involved
(Jeff O'Neill, Dave Lebling, Fred Morgan and others).

The end sequence to the game "Hitchhiker's Guide" mentions a second
game called "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe", but this game
doesn't exist.  Douglas Adams started to write it, as because
"Bureaucracy" had poor sales, Adams and Infocom dropped the project.
Infocom tried to revive the project later, but the virtual death of
Infocom in 1990 brought this idea to an end.

Douglas Adams also started work on another game, where the emphasis
was to be on creating a virtual reality in the adventure, but petered
out after his partner lost interest.  Douglas has stated that he has
just set up a whole new company, part of the remit of which is to
allow him to develop CD ROM games, however, so perhaps we will see
some new games from the man...

Meretzky is still writing computer adventure games for "Legend
Entertainment".  Infocom only exists as a label for Activision, the
company having been closed in 1989.  The games are available from
Virgin Mastertronic in "Infocom From Mastertonic" (a budget games
house in the UK).  Their address is :

	Customer Services
	Virgin Mastertronic Ltd
	16 Portland Road
	London W11 2LA
	Tel: 071 - 727 8070

Probably the easiest way to play the games is to purchase the Infocom
game compilations put out by Activision, the Lost Treasures of Infocom 
I & II.  The HHG is in part I, Bureaucracy is in part II (of course. *sigh*).
Here's the complete information:

LOST TREASURES OF INFOCOM
Includes:                Moonmist             Starcross
Zork I, II, & III        Spellbreaker         The Witness
Beyonk Zork              Ballyhoo             Planetfall
Zork Zero                Infedel              Stationfall
Sorcerer                 THE HITCHHIKER'S     Suspended
Enchanter                  GUIDE TO THE       The Lurking Horror
Deadline                   GALAXY             Suspect
Price: $39.95

LOST TREASURES OF INFOCOM II
Includes:                      Nord and Bert
A Mind Forever Voyaging        Sherlock
Bureaucracy (writ by DNA)      Trinity
Cutthroats                     Wishbringer
Hollywood Hihinx               Border Zone
Plundered Hearts               Seastalker
Price: $19.95

TO ORDER, CALL    1 (800) 477-3650

Specially priced in Aus. & NZ at AUD$59.95 plus s&h for Lost Treas. and
AUD$39.95 plus s&h for Lost Treas. II.  To order, call (61) 2 809 4444.

Specially priced in Europe at f29.99 plus s&h for Lost Treas. and f19.99 plus
s&h for Lost Treas. II.  To order, call (44) 295 252 524.

Available only in English.
Available on disk and CD-ROM for IBM and Mac.

Another number to try for ordering info is (800)-533-4677.  I don't have
a name for this company, just the phone number.  Good Luck!

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Activision has also recently re-released the Infocom games under several 
packages, with names such as "The Comedy Collection", "The Sci-Fi Collection",
etc.  You can find the HHG Game in the "Sci-Fi Collection", and Bureaucracy
in the "Comedy Collection".  These just might be easier to find than the
"Lost Treasures" packages.  Check your local software stores.

CDD-3097 Infocom Sci-Fi Collection US$14.99  (THHGTTG game)
CDD-3094 Infocom Comedy Collection US$14.99  (Bureaucracy)

Activision
699 hertel Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14207
1-800-477-3650

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You can also check out the Interactive Fiction Archive in Germany, which
contains solutions etc. to the Infocom Games, as well as lots more.  It's 
at ftp://ftp.gmd.de/if-archive.

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Obviously Infocom related discussions are abound in the
rec.games.int-fiction newsgroup.  The Lost Treasures compilations
haven't been made for quite a while now, and pretty much all stocks of
these compilations have run dry (probably because of all the
r.g.int-fiction folk hunting the last few out!)  Although the smaller
Activision compilations are suppossed to replace the Lost Treasures
compilations, certainly in the UK they are near impossible to find.
For people in the UK http://www.reserve.co.uk/ may possibly have a few
copies of LTOI 1 & 2 as it is still in their on-line catalogue.

You don't need a Mac or a PC to play the games, nor do you need the
right versions of the games for the right machines.  Infocom games
were interpreted, and hence the game files themselves are useable
across all platforms with a suitable Infocom interpreter.  There are
PD versions of suitable interpreters available for most machines, so
it is quite possible to play HHGTTG on anything from UNIX to an Acorn
Archamedies, even if your copy of HHGTTG is for a completely different
machine.  Chat to the folk in rec.games.int-fiction for more
information.

For Mac/PC users who can't find the Mac/PC versions of the Lost
Treasures compilations, it should be noted that LTOI 1 was also
released for the Commodore Amiga, and these might be easier to still
get hold of.  Assuming you can transfer the files from Amiga floppies
to your system, and get hold of one of the freely available PD infocom
game interpreters, then you can play all but one of the games in the
compilation (including HHGTTG.)

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2.4 His e-mail Address(es)

Owing to his globe-trotting, and his relatively late involvement with
the Internet, DNA has several e-mail addresses.  Unfortunatly, because
of the large number of people on the internet who don't quite comprehend how 
many people there actually are on the internet, Douglas has to pick and
choose what messages he actually has time to respond to.  So if you don't
get any response, don't pester - he probably just doesn't want to hear 
about it.  

Latest polls show you might be able to reach him at dna@tdv.com.  
Good Luck!

Because of the volume of questions, one more polite method of getting
questions answered is to mail them to the newsgroup (alt.fan.douglas-adams)
or to me (see above). If you mail them to the group, you're almost assured
of an answer. If you mail them to me, you'll probably get an answer as well.
The chance that the answer is the wrong one, however, is greatly increased.
The idea of this is to tie up as little of DNA's time as possible, thus 
increasing the likelihood he will stay on ``the Net''.

If you wish, you can contact him via snail mail at:

	Maggie Phillips 
	% Ed Victor Ltd
	121 Wardour St
	London W1V 3AT

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3   Merchandising

There are lots of merchandised products around.  Here you will find
where to order the cassette tapes, albums, CDs and videos from.

The canonical address for most DNA stuff used to be:
	BBC World Service Mail Order
	P.O Box 76
	Bush House
	London WC2B 4PH

	Tel: +44 71 379 4479
	FAX: +44 71-497-0498

This might or might not still be valid information for the BBC.  In 
any case, US orders can be directed to BBC Worldwide, at:

http://www.bbc-worldwide-americas.com 
 -or-
Tel. 1-800-2161-BBC Ext 18

Canadian customers interested in home video products should contact:
     BBC Worldwide Americas
     tel: 212 705 9300 ext. 492

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2001, a German mail order firm with German versions of the books, comics,
and videos (as well as other stuff) can be contacted at:

Zweitausendeins Versand       
Postfach                     
60381 Frankfurt/Main
Germany
Tel.: +49-69-420 8000         Fax: +49-69-415 003
                                        -415 004
                                         -417 089

A Live-CD of DNA's first reading in Goettingen in March of 1994 is also
available from 2001.  It's in English, and the info is:

Title:  CD - Douglas Adams Live
Number: 56949
Price:  DM 22,-  (approx. US$ 15.00)
ISBN:   3-8077-0290-3

 Because of regulations, they are unable to send CD's, MC's, and LP's to 
 foreign countries.  Furthermore, the minimum order is DM50.

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 For Dutch availabilty:

 The bookshop W.H. Smith, at the end of the Kalverstraat, has (at least)
 the Hitch Hiker's Guide BBC TV Series, on PAL VHS cassettes.  The price is
 about DF1 62,50.  It also has all of the books, including the "Illustrated".

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3.1 Audio Tapes & CDs

In the U.K., the place to start looking is any record or book shop!
You really shouldn't have too many problems finding the material - 
if so, you could try the BBC contact information given above.

The series is available in the UK in three formats. Record shops order by
catalogue number, book shops order by ISBN:

6 CD set : BBCCD6001, ISBN 0 563 22615 3, approx. 40 GBP
6 tape set : ZBBC1035, ISBN 0 563 22560 2, approx. 26 GBP
or, as two separate double-tape sets:
  "The Primary Phase" (Fits 1 - 6) : ZBBC1499, ISBN 0 563 40182 6, GBP 8.99
  "The Secondary Phase" (Fits 7 - 12) : ZBBC1500, ISBN 0 563 40183 4, GBP 8.99

In the U.S., the audio tapes of the radio series can be found at:

The Mind's Eye
4 Commercial Blvd
Novato, CA    94949

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Audio tapes of Stephen Moore (the voice of Marvin, of course) reading the
text of the first four Hitch Hiker books were available through EMI Records 
Ltd in the early 80's.  They are double cassette sets, each about 2.5 hours, 
and abridged fairly sensibly.

Published by Music For Pleasure Ltd.
	Hayes,
	Middlesex.
        U.K.

       The Hitch-hikers Guide To The Galaxy           Cat. No: LFP 7088

       The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe      Cat. No: LFP 41 7115 5

       Life, The Universe And Everything              Cat. No: LFP 41 7174 5

       So Long And Thanks For All The Fish            Cat. No: LFP 41 7208 4

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The Time Warner Audiobook release of the Hitch Hiker's Guide, billed as
an abridged book series but actually the radio series (without the Pink Floyd
reference) in disguise, is now available.  These versions appear to be
exactly the same as the CD/cassette version available in the UK, apart
from the packaging. These should be available at most of the bigger bookstores,
or you can call T/W themselves for it.  It's a full cast with sound effects 
and musical score you'll recognize from the original radio series/tv show 
(because it is the original radio series...), and quite a good time.  But best
of all... Peter Jones, as the book.

	Title:   The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
	Author:  Douglas Adams
	Price:   US $25.00 (cass.), $65.00 (cd)
	         CAN $33.00 (cass.), $85.00 (cd)
	         UK 26 GBP (cass.), 40 GBP (cd)
	Publisher:  TWAB, licensed from BBC Enterprises
	# cass/CDs: 4/6
	Running Time: 6 hours
	ISBN: 1-57042-126-9 (cass)
	      1-57042-155-2 (cd)
	Phone#: 1-800-830-8088

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Dove Audio has 4-tape unabridged Hitch Hiker's Audio Books, read by
Douglas Adams, available.  The information is:

 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy                ISBN 1-5580-273-1
 The Restaurant at the End of the Universe           ISBN 1-5580-294-4
 Life The Universe and Everything                    ISBN 1-5580-292-8
 So Long and Thanks for all the Fish                 ISBN 1-5580-293-6
 Mostly Harmless                                     ISBN 1-5580-568-4

Last I heard, Dove Audio can be reached at:

301 North Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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An album consisting of two 90 min audio cassettes of "Dirk Gently's holistic 
detective agency" is available. The information I could gather:

Simon & Schuster Audio Division:

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; Read by the author Douglas Adams;
Runing time 180 min; ISBN 0-671-64724-5
$14.95

Audio Works
Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Rockefeller Center
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, N. Y. 10020
USA

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Shockwave Distribution offers a 60 minute tape which includes an interview
with DNA. Details from David E. Romm (Grand High Puba): 

"Reviews of Writing Software/Dave Romm Interviews:  Douglas Adams"  Broadcast
2/5/94, Side one features reviews of creative writing tools for the Macintosh,
and a Roger Zelazny story about the computer he uses for writing.  Broadcast
11/9/93, Side 2 features the creator of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy'
talking about his latest book, his Newton, time zones, and more.

Availability:  "First one's free"
These are not for sale.  However, Shockwave is a non-profit effort and all
expenses for these tapes come out of my pocket.  I will gladly give you one
tape, if it's in person and I can just hand you one and watch your expression.
After the first one, or any by mail, I ask for a donation of $5 to cover my
expenses.

Tapes:
Unless you make other arrangements, all tapes are standard Type I, duplicated at
2x speed on my double cassette deck.

Shockwave is the longest running science fiction radio program in Earth's
history, now in its 15th year.  Broadcast Saturdays at 6pm on KFAI, 90.3FM,
Mpls-St. Paul MN.

Produced by:
David E Romm
3308 Stevens Ave. S
Mpls, MN/ 55408
(612)-823-8708
e-mail 71443.1447@compuserve.com

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The Audiobook Source, a World Wide Web bookstore, offers a selection
of Douglas Adams Audiobooks at discount prices.  Check out their site 
at:

http://www.ambook.org/bookstore/audiobook

Or contact Charles Cowley: absource@pipeline.com
	   voice:	   (800) HEAR-IT-9
	   FAX:		   (914) 232-4678

I've talked to the fellow, he's a great guy who'll be glad to answer
any questions you may have.

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All five books of the trilogy are available as 'talking books', read by
the author.  Check your local bookstore.

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3.2 Albums

In the autumn of 1979, a double record album was released, which was a
slightly contracted version of the first four episodes of the radio
series.  These were new recordings of essentially the same scripts.

Information on this album is as follows:

Hannibal Records (US)
611 Broadway, Suite 415
New York, New York  10012
(The records were originally released in the UK by Original Records)

distributed in Canada by 
A&M Records of Canada Ltd. 
939 Warden Ave
Scarborough, ONT.  M1L 4C5

In the autumn of 1980, a second album was made, consisting of a
rewritten and expanded version of radio episodes 5 and 6.  This was
called _The Restaurant at the End of the Universe_. The pertinent info is
identical to the first album.

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3.4 Videos

In the UK, a two-cassette Hitch Hiker's video was released in mid-1992, 
including all 6 TV episodes.  These are the TV series episodes re-edited
into two 90-minute volumes (for subsequent UK showings, most episodes 
were cut down to fit them into neat 30-min time slots --- so, for example, 
the scene in the Vogon airlock was lost.)  In addition, some EXTRA pieces
are included, which were filmed, but never included in the original TV
screening.  (For example, Ford and Arthur searching for Slartibartfast's 
signature on a glacier.)  The video cassette also features Hi-Fi Stereo 
sound.

The order numbers are BBCV4751 (Part 1, 96min) and BBCV4752 (Part 2,
98min).

The videos are also now available more cheaply in a double pack, "The
Complete Hitch-Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy" (BBCV5135). This is priced at
16.99, whereas the two tapes sold separately are 10.99 each.

Also released on 1st March 1993 is the video ``The Making of HHGG'', This 
has been put together by Kevin Davies, lifelong HHGG fan, and a person who 
was very much involved with the TV series (see Neil Gaimen's book).  This 
includes outtakes from the show, behind-the-scenes shots, clips from 
earlier productions which the cast had appeared in, as well as newly-recorded
interviews.  The whole thing is put together as a story of Arthur Dent 
going back to his house, and finding many strange things going on ....

The order number is BBCV4895 (~60min), 12.99 GBP.

In Australia, at least, the VHS videos of the TV series are
distributed by PolyGram with catalogue numbers 

A videocassette of the BBC television adaptation of Hitch-Hiker's is
available in the US from Fox Video.  The address on the box is:
	FoxVideo Inc.
	P.O. Box 900
	Beverly Hills, CA 90213
and it is item number 5799.

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 A list of Hitch Hiker's videos you can order through videoexpress.com  
 has recently been shown to me.  I have no other information about the
 service, so let me know what you think.  Telnet to videoexpress.com to 
 place your orders, or just browse.  This list is as follows:

 44427    HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY/T   HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
 $60.00   LASER DISC

 26448    HITCHHIKER/SIXTEEN MILLIMETER SHRIN  TWILIGHT ZONE
 $11.60   TELEVISION 1/93  NR VHS

 26437    HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY      INCLUDES BOOK
 $31.54   SCIFI 3/93  NR VHS

 26447    HITCHHIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY/EP   EP MODE/NO BOOK
 $17.79   SCIFI 3/93  NR VHS
         
 26280    MAKING OF THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE      MAKING OF THE HITCHHIKERS GUIDE
 $13.69   SCIFI 10/93  NR VHS

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3.5 Laserdisc

There is a laserdisc set of the Hitchhikers Guide in the US now.
It comes packaged on 2 discs, and the video edition can also be
purchased on 2 tapes.  The laserdisc runs for 195 minutes, has
credits at the beginning of each disc and at the end of the last
disc, and is recorded in CLV format. Canonical catalog information 
is as follows:

       The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
       CBS-FOX Video   Catalog number 5799-80
       4 sides CLV  195 minutes  Color  Stereo  CX

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 3.6 CD-ROM / Computer Versions

The Canonical Address is:
 	The Voyager Company
	578 Broadway Suite 406
	New York, NY 10012
	1-800-446-2001

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Last Chance to See

"Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine's book Last Chance to See is an account
of the authors' travels to view endangered species. The CD ROM version is
simply the text of the book, read aloud by Adams (also the author of The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and accompanied by a slide show of
photos. Adams is an engaging speaker, making you laugh out loud as he
describes difficult traveling conditions or the kakapo parrot's mating
problems."

"Last Chance to See" was originally a radio series, and the book
was written subsequently from the series.  Recent sources state that 
the series first ran in 89/90 on the BBC, and featured Douglas Adams 
and Mark Carwardine chatting, joking, and describing what is going on.

Featuring Douglas Adams reading the voice, information on the animals
by Mark Carwardine, and numerous photographs.  Available for the Mac 
and Windows from the Voyager Company, and some software stores.

 	ISBN - (For Mac & Windows) 1-55940-427-2
 	Catalog No. (through Voyager) (Ditto) LS56

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The Complete Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy is also available through
Voyager Expanded Books. It's about $25.00, and has a nice device with 
'Don't Panic' on it in nice, friendly letters.

	ISBN: 7-15515-00184-7

 	System Requirements:
 	386SX or higher processor; 16 color/grayscale display; 4 MB RAM; 
 	Microsoft Windows 3.1; MS-DOS 5.0 or later. Books with audio 
 	annotations require an MPC-compatible audio device.

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3.7 The Illustrated Hitch Hiker's Guide Info-Blurb

(taken from the Bertram's Buyers Notes for September, 1994)

Title: THE ILLUSTRATED HITCH HIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY
Author: Douglas Adams
ISBN: 02978333936
Publisher: Weindenfeld and Nicolson
Format: HB 96pp
Price: GBP25.00
Pub Date: 22/09/94

The ultimate title for Hitch-Hiker fans.  The book is crammed with gimmicks
such as voice chips, double gatefolds, 3D effects and the sort of tricksy
visual puns that one would expect.  The book is illustrated throughout with
graphics created using the latest state-of-the-art technology and is
packaged in a shiny silver and "starfield" jacket that is so stunning that
we couldn't possibly reproduce it.

Now for the commentary:
 
It doesn't have voice chips OR 3D effects.  What it does have is an
annoying puzzle created for the book and credited on the opposite of the
title page to DNA, and no one knows what in blue blazes it is!
Also, The reviews on this little item have been less than glowing. My 
opinion is it stands as a fine gift for the collector that must have every 
DNA item in existence.  You should be able to find it discounted for around
US21.00 at many US chain bookstores...

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3.8 The 10th Anniversary Radio Scripts

The definitive information is:
	10th Anniversary Original Hitch-Hiker Radio Scripts
	Harmony Books, New York
	Trade Paperback, First US Paperback Edition
	US $15.00
	ISBN 0-517-88384-8

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 3.9 Voyager Books over the Web

 From a blurb posted in alt.fan.douglas-adams:

 The complete content of the first four books can be purchased for a total
 of five dollars.  How? Over the web, in electronic form! 

 The Hitchhiker's Trilogy has been a staple of Voyager's Expanded Books
 line, and can now be purchased and downloaded from our web site
 (http://www.voyagerco.com/). Using a new web technology called TRADES, you
 can now purchase digital content safely and efficiently over the web. No
 password. No account number. No "cybercash." No mailman. No paperwork. 
 Just enter your credit card number, and follow the simple directions for
 downloading your own copy of these books! And since we don't have to pay
 for floppies, packaging, and distribution, we can afford to offer these
 titles for only 5 dollars! To find out more about TRADES, purchasing over
 the web, and Hitchhiker's, go to:
 http://www.voyagerco.com/TRADES/trades.html

 Expanded Books are books designed to be read on your computer. Douglas
 Adams is a big fan of them. Really! You don't believe us? We've got
 proof--just point your browser to:
 http://www.voyagerco.com/TRADES/what.html
 and hear Douglas discuss the wonders of the Expanded Book.

 Peter Merholz
 V O Y A G E R
 http://www.voyagerco.com/

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3.10 DNA's New Company

You may be interested to know that DA has set up with others a new
CD-ROM company called "The Digital Village". They'll be doing educational
stuff, and possibly, VERY possibly in the distant future, a CD-ROM version
of the Guide. And maybe Dirk Gently too.

As an interesting sidenote, here's what InterNIC thinks of tdv.com, 
the internet domain for The Digital Village:

The Digital Village (TDV-DOM)
   4 St Albans Place
   Islington
   London
   N1 0NX

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