Where Sci-Fi Meets The Net

British author Douglas Adams has sold millions of books about an intergalactic travel guide. Now he's building a terrestrial model

The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is a series of best-selling books that grew out of a 1978 British radio series. It revolves around researchers and travelers armed with mobile electronic devices who roam the galaxy, beaming in on-the-spot reviews of places visited and tips on everything from mixing a galactic cocktail to fighting space monsters, which are instantly available to anyone. British author Douglas Adams says the guide was simply a narrative device back then. But now that advances in mobile Internet phones are making an interactive hitchhiker's guide to Earth a real possibility, Adams is cashing in big time.


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