September 17, 2008

Bestselling Author of Artemis Fowl Series, Eoin Colfer, Tapped To Write The Sixth Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

NEW YORK, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Ellen Archer, President and Publisher, announces today that Hyperion will publish the next book in the beloved and world-famous Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. Eoin Colfer, author of the bestselling Artemis Fowl children series, will continue the legacy of Hitchhiker's, originally created and written by Douglas Adams, who passed away in 2001. The new book is titled And Another Thing . . . will be published in October 2009.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy originated as a radio series and was later adapted as a television series, comics, a play, a movie, a computer game, and five books. It was during the writing of the sixth book in the series that Douglas Adams suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 49. In an interview with Matt Newsome in The Salmon of Doubt, the late Douglas Adams said, "I would love to finish Hitchhiker on a slightly more upbeat note, so five seems to be a wrong kind of number, six is a better kind of number." Upon discovering and falling in love with Artemis Fowl, Adams's teenage daughter and his widow, Jane Belson, realized that Eoin Colfer was an equally amazing fantasy writer and one who could write that sixth book, opening up the series to a new generation of readers. "I am delighted that Eoin Colfer has agreed to continue the Hitchhiker series," says Belson. "I love Colfer's books and could not think of a better person to transport Arthur, Zaphod and Marvin to pastures new. This project has my full support."

Says Colfer, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was like nothing I had read before, or since for that matter. It is a slice of satirical genius. A marvel of quantum tomfoolery. A dissection of the absurdities of our human condition. A space odyssey that forces us to face ourselves and collapse in hysterics . . . My first reaction was semi-outrage that anyone should be allowed to tamper with this incredible series. But on reflection, I realized that this is a wonderful opportunity to work with characters I have loved since childhood and give them something of my own voice while holding on to the spirit of Douglas Adams. I am bloody determined that this will be the best thing I have ever written."

Of the deal, Archer says, "Working with the vast network of people and resources of The Walt Disney Company, Hyperion will reach out to and bridge two massive audiences that transcend generations of readers: the millions of loyal and enthusiastic fans who have made Eoin Colfer and the Artemis Fowl series so successful, and the passionate and devoted following of Douglas Adams's beloved and bestselling Hitchhikers series. We believe this will be the international publishing event of Fall 2009."

Archer negotiated the deal with Sophie Hicks and Ed Victor of Ed Victor Ltd, agents for both Colfer and the Douglas Adams Estate. Hyperion retains publication rights to the United States, audio, eBook, and first serial.

Hyperion, which was founded in 1991, publishes general-interest fiction and non-fiction hardcover, trade, and mass-market paperback books for adults and includes the VOICE, Miramax, ESPN Books, ABC Daytime Press, Hyperion East, and Hyperion AudioBooks imprints. Hyperion is the adult trade book publishing unit of the ABC-TV Group, The Walt Disney Company.


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