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Why Elon Musk Loves Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy's Heart Of Gold

Asked what his favorite fictional spaceship is, in this new interview, SpaceX founder Elon Musk responds with the Heart of Gold from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. “The one that’s powered by the Improbability Drive,” he says. “It does the most unexpected things.” » 6/16/15 7:00pm 6/16/15 7:00pm

Astronaut Celebrates Towel Day By Showing Many Uses Of Towels On The ISS

Yesterday was Towel Day, a day for celebrating the works of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti apparently agrees with Adams about the supreme usefulness of a towel, and demonstrates how astronauts use them aboard the International Space Station. » 5/26/15 11:30am 5/26/15 11:30am

Douglas Adams' Holistic Detective Comes To Comics For The First Time!

Sure, the Marvel comics universe might be exploding in this week’s batch of Secret Wars comics, but Dirk Gently himself is heading off on comic book adventures in this week’s releases — and so does Mad Max: Fury Road! Come check them out, and more, in this week’s guide to the coolest new comics. » 5/19/15 2:20pm 5/19/15 2:20pm

These Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Make Absolutely Perfect Gifts

As Emily Dickinson famously said, there is nothing as frigging awesome as a book. And there's no better present than a cool-looking book, that can adorn someone's coffee table but also provide hours of mind-expanding entertainment. Here are 23 science fiction book gifts your friends will love. » 12/11/14 12:00pm 12/11/14 12:00pm

Science Fiction And Fantasy Comedies That Hit Harder Than Most Dramas

A lot of people seem to think "funny" equals "light-weight." Like a comedy can't deal with important issues, or pack a huge emotional punch. But decades of science fiction and fantasy comedy prove otherwise. Which funny story actually hits you where it counts, more than most "serious" dramas do? » 7/15/14 2:40pm 7/15/14 2:40pm

Are The Best Sentences In Science Fiction Mostly Aphorisms?

A lot of science fiction's most quotable authors do seem to write a ton of aphorisms — Robert A. Heinlein comes to mind, for example. But over at the Guardian, there's a discussion of the greatest sentences in genre fiction, and the question arose: are the best sentences in genre mostly aphoristic? » 4/01/14 12:00pm 4/01/14 12:00pm

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

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… » 3/10/13 10:17pm 3/10/13 10:17pm