The #1 New York Timesâ€“bestselling authorâ€™s â€śhilarious . . . idiosyncratic . . . delightfulâ€ť and definitive companion to a global phenomenon (Publishers Weekly).
Douglas Adamsâ€™s â€śsix-part trilogy,â€ť The Hitchhikerâ€™s Guide to the Galaxy grew from a blip of a notion into an ever-expanding multimedia universe that amassed an unprecedented cult of followers and became an international sensation. As a young journalist, Neil Gaiman was given complete access to Adamsâ€™s life, times, gossip, unpublished outtakes, and files (and became privy to his writing process, insecurities, disillusionments, challenges, and triumphs). The resulting volume illuminates the unique, funny, dramatic, and improbable chronicle of an idea, an incredibly tall man, and a mind-boggling success story.
In Donâ€™t Panic, Gaiman celebrates everything Hitchhiker: the original radio play, the books, comics, video and computer games, films, television series, record albums, stage musicals, one-man shows, the Great One himself, and towels. And as Douglas Adams himself attested: â€śItâ€™s all absolutely devastatingly trueâ€”except the bits that are lies.â€ť
Updated several times in the thirty years since its original publication, Donâ€™t Panic is available for the first time in digital form. Part biography, part tell-all parody, part pop-culture history, part guide to a guide, Donâ€™t Panic â€śdeserves as much cult success as the Hitchhikerâ€™s books themselvesâ€ť (Time Out).