Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Timeline

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.

#AmazonNameMediaWriterSeriesDateNotes
1BuyYoung Zaphod Plays It SafeShort StoryDouglas AdamsHGttG1986-01-01
2BuyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Primary PhaseAudio DramaDouglas AdamsHGttG1978-04-01
3BuyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyNovelDouglas AdamsHGttG1979-10-12
4BuyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (TV)TV EpisodeDouglas AdamsHGttG1981-02-09
5BuyThe Hitchhiker's Gide to the Galaxy (film)FilmGarth JenningsHGttG2005-04-28
6BuyStarship TitanicNovelTerry JonesHGttG1997-10-21
7BuyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Secondary PhaseAudio DramaDouglas AdamsHGttG1980-01-01
8BuyThe Restaurant at the End of the UniverseNovelDouglas AdamsHGttG1980-10-01
9BuyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Tertiary PhaseAudio DramaDouglas AdamsHGttG2004-09-21
10BuyLife, the Universe and EverythingNovelDouglas AdamsHGttG1982-08-01
11BuyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Quandary PhaseAudio DramaDouglas AdamsHGttG2005-05-03
12BuySo Long, and Thanks for All the FishNovelDouglas AdamsHGttG1984-11-09
13BuyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Quintessential PhaseAudio DramaDouglas AdamsHGttG2005-05-31
14BuyMostly HarmlessNovelDouglas AdamsHGttG1992-01-01
15BuyThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Hexagonal PhaseAudio DramaDouglas AdamsHGttG2018-04-13
16BuyAnd Another Thing...NovelEoin ColferHGttG2009-10-12
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