And Another Thing by bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer, is the sixth novel in the ever-more increasingly inaccurately named ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ trilogy.
To celebrate the launch, publishers Penguin are searching for the biggest Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan in this or any nearby parallel universe… and we’re not just talking about someone who can stick their thumb out and get a ride to Basingstoke. No, they’re talking about someone who can cadge a lift off a passing flying saucer…
So if you’ve ever faced a death ray in your dressing gown, done six impossible things before breakfast or proved the non-existence of God with a fish in your ear, then here’s your chance to show that you are the hoopiest frood on this side of the galaxy.
All you have to do is to prove that you are the greatest Hitchhiker fan on video in no more than 42 seconds, post it on YouTube and tag the video with the words ‘sixofthree’ and ‘AAT comp’ and then drop Penguin an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The video that is deemed by Penguin to demonstrate in the funniest or cleverest way how much of a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fan the creator is will be chosen as the winner.
The winner will get two tickets to Hitchcon 09 on Sunday 11th October 2009 at London’s Royal Festival Hall (for further details about that, see below), two nights’ bed and breakfast at the Marriott County Hall hotel for the weekend of the event, an evening meal at Skylon restaurant a personalised dressing gown and towel, as well as being crowned as the official Number One Hitchhiker fan at Hitchcon.
HitchCon 09 offers fans to join publishers Penguin for a PanGalactic Gargleblaster, come attired in dressing gown to take part in a record-breaking Arthur Dent photocall, be the first in the world to hear excerpts from and purchase Eoin Colfer’s And Another Thing…, see free screenings of the Hitchhikers TV Series in the Clore Ballroom, head to the Royal Festival Hall to listen to friends and experts discuss the life and work of Douglas Adams or thrill to watch Simon Jones as Arthur Dent alongside the original Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin the Paranoid Android and Trillian re-create classic moments from the saga live on stage – radio-style (directed and produced by Dirk Maggs).
Whatever your choice on the day, for any self-respecting Hitchhiker’s/Adams fan, one thing is assured, Southbank Centre is the only place to be on Sunday 11th October.
• The closing date for the competition is 30th September, 2009. More info at www.6of3.com/competition
• Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Part 6 of 3 And Another Thing… by internationally bestselling author Eoin Colfer will be published by Michael Joseph in hardback on 12th October.
• Get yourself a ticket for the biggest party the unfashionable end of the galaxy has ever seen via www.southbankcentre.co.uk or call 0871 663 2500
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.