When it first aired on BBC radio, no one would have believed how much Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy would resonate with audiences. Though not an enormous science fiction universe, it is one of the most beloved, and the title book frequently makes lists of the top science fiction books of all time. This is the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy timeline!
What’s on the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Timeline?
This is the unofficial Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy timeline, pulled from the series created by Douglas Adams. This includes the radio plays, the novels, and the works produced after Adams’ death.
The series is hailed as one of the best sci-fi series of all time. Eoin Colfer was selected to finish Douglas Adams’ series with a sixth book, though there doesn’t appear to be any plans in the works to further continue the series with Colfer.
And while there have been adaptations over the years (some of which are included here), few have managed to capture the true magic that can really only be experienced through the books and audio plays.
Where to Start?
For once, this is a difficult question. There are two good places to start (don’t start with the film like I did). The first would be the original radio play. It was, after all, the thing that started it all. Even the book was based on it, rather than what is usually the other way around. The other starting place would be the first book, which really is a masterpiece of fiction.
If you see anything out of place on this page, don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll make the necessary changes. And if you enjoyed this timeline, don’t hesitate to check out some of our others, such as our Discworld timeline.
|1||Young Zaphod Plays It Safe||Short Story||Douglas Adams||1986-01-01||HGttG|
|2||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Primary Phase||Audio Drama||Douglas Adams||1978-04-01||HGttG|
|3||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||Novel||Douglas Adams||1979-10-12||HGttG|
|4||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (TV)||TV Episode||Douglas Adams||1981-02-09||HGttG|
|5||The Hitchhiker's Gide to the Galaxy (film)||Film||Garth Jennings||2005-04-28||HGttG|
|6||Starship Titanic||Novel||Terry Jones||1997-10-21||HGttG|
|7||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Secondary Phase||Audio Drama||Douglas Adams||1980-01-01||HGttG|
|8||The Restaurant at the End of the Universe||Novel||Douglas Adams||1980-10-01||HGttG|
|9||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Tertiary Phase||Audio Drama||Douglas Adams||2004-09-21||HGttG|
|10||Life, the Universe and Everything||Novel||Douglas Adams||1982-08-01||HGttG|
|11||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Quandary Phase||Audio Drama||Douglas Adams||2005-05-03||HGttG|
|12||So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish||Novel||Douglas Adams||1984-11-09||HGttG|
|13||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Quintessential Phase||Audio Drama||Douglas Adams||2005-05-31||HGttG|
|14||Mostly Harmless||Novel||Douglas Adams||1992-01-01||HGttG|
|15||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Hexagonal Phase||Audio Drama||Douglas Adams||2018-04-13||HGttG|
|16||And Another Thing...||Novel||Eoin Colfer||2009-10-12||HGttG|