Original Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Cast Reunites For One Show

There have been many versions of Douglas Adams' classic comic space opera, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy — but the original cast of the radio show, many of whom crossed over to the TV version, have a special place in our hearts. And now, they're back together again, and you can hear for yourself. » 3/30/14 5:00pm 3/30/14 5:00pm

A guide to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Whenever a film adaptation comes out, the same klaxons blare: the movie ruined the book! That's a load of fetid dingo's kidneys. Case in point, Douglas Adams wrote the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for just about every available media - radio, books, stage, TV, video games and film. » 3/09/14 3:01pm 3/09/14 3:01pm

11 Books That Every Aspiring Television Writer MUST Read

Tomorrow, an army of geeks descends on San Diego — and many of them would kill to write for television. Comic-Con always hosts panels about TV writing, and they're always standing-room only. But how do you learn the craft? We asked some great television writers, and they told us 11 books that every aspiring scribe… » 7/16/13 10:33am 7/16/13 10:33am

What does it mean when people say your story's “tone” is wrong?

Writers and creative people talk about tone all the time. But what does it mean? Is it just the difference between a comedy and a drama? Is it just light versus dark? When you write a story, how do you figure out your "tone," and keep it from lurching from one thing to another? Here are some ideas. » 7/15/13 1:08pm 7/15/13 1:08pm

Google has built an actual working Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

If you haven't checked it out already, you should definitely pop over to Google, where the latest doodle pays tribute to Douglas Adams' 61st birthday — with some pretty neat animations. You can definitely kill a lot of time pushing all the buttons on the Google version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and seeing … » 3/10/13 10:17pm 3/10/13 10:17pm

16 Famous Science Fiction Quotes that Make Excellent Pick-Up Lines

Dating is hard. And instigating first-contact with a fellow humanoid can be the hardest part. Luckily, we geeks have our own special language, made up of quotes and in-jokes. Some of which makes for some excellent pick-up lines, that you can always resort to in an emergency situation. » 12/04/12 10:00am 12/04/12 10:00am

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels to Cheer You the Frak Up

Even starship captains get the blues sometimes. And when you get depressed, or when you're stuck in bed with a nasty case of black plague, you need something to cheer you the frak up. Luckily, there are tons of science fiction and fantasy books with proven restorative properties. » 10/10/12 1:00pm 10/10/12 1:00pm

How American delicacy turned Belgium into a dirty word

Because all the Americans I know tend to think that we're in a progressive, modern country, it sometimes surprises us to learn that other nations consider us big ol' prudes. And it's not just France! Our delicate sensibilities have been catered to by the English in a maneuver that gave us one of the better dirty words… » 8/04/12 10:00am 8/04/12 10:00am

Douglas Adams' lost Doctor Who story becomes rather a fun book

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams wrote three Doctor Who scripts — but only two of them made it to the screen. The third, "Shada," was killed halfway through filming by one of the strikes that the British used to be famous for. And since then, we've had a terrible VHS release, a script book, an… » 7/02/12 4:37pm 7/02/12 4:37pm

Great Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors Who Lived Abroad

Science fiction and fantasy are all about reaching beyond the horizon — so it's not surprising that many of the greatest speculative fiction authors have broadened their own horizons. And you can see it in their writing, because the experience of negotiating a very different culture and learning another language… » 6/21/12 3:23pm 6/21/12 3:23pm

The 10 Geekiest Google Easter Eggs

The folks at Google are no strangers to science, science fiction, fantasy, or geek culture in general. Evidence of their fandom is plentiful, most commonly in the form of easter eggs and April Fools' jokes, for which the company is famous. But you do have to know where to look. Consider this your guide to the ten… » 6/11/12 10:28am 6/11/12 10:28am

Douglas Adams' animated history of the book, from rocks to e-readers

In the early 1990s, the Voyager Company looked into creating "Expanded Books," digital books that would offer an enhanced onscreen reading experience. Appropriately, one of the titles they converted into an expanded books was a series that revolves around a digital book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and Douglas… » 5/27/12 10:30am 5/27/12 10:30am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Creators Who Became Their Own Genres

Some people don't just create new worlds and super-memorable characters — they give life to their own genres. There are some creators of fantastical stories whose work is so distinctive, you have a pretty good sense what's going to happen when you pick up their work — and you're excited, because it's going to be a hell … » 4/18/12 9:00am 4/18/12 9:00am

10 Secrets to Creating Unforgettable Supporting Characters

Creating one interesting character is hard enough — but when it comes to writing a whole novel or series of books, you have to create dozens of them. How can you keep your supporting cast from seeming like cookie-cutter people? There's no easy answer, but a few tricks might help you create minor characters who don't… » 3/27/12 10:00am 3/27/12 10:00am