Finally finally finally ... the original radio series of Douglas Adams' "The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is being released on CD over here. I don't mean the radio shows that have been based on the books ("Primary Phase", "Secondary Phase", etc.), but the radio show that preceded the writing of the first novel ... the very first telling of the adventures of Arthur Dent through time, space and terrorified confusion. The only version to feature the Haggunenon, described as a species with "the most impatient chromosomes of any life form in the Galaxy." And the five hundred and seventy-eight thousand million Lintilla clones. And the Bird People of Brontitall, who live in the right ear of a fifteen-mile-tall statue of Arthur Dent. And Zaphod's fourth arm. And body debit cards. Plus so much more stuff unique to the original series that I can't even remember it all (nor could Douglas Adams ... he never could recall the reason for or meaning of the line "As far as I can see you might as well lower haystacks off the boatdeck of the Lusitania.")
I'm so happy ... my original set of BBC cassettes had become more than a tad scratchy over the decades ("decades" is accurate ... I bought them in 1988), the case has been held together with generous helpings of book tape for several years now, and I've been braced for one of the tapes breaking or oxidizing or some other nasty little death rattle each time I treat myself to a listen (hard to enjoy brilliant comedy when you're all tensed up like that). But soon I can once again wallow in all the weirdness with nary a worry. :-)
North American release date is November 8, 2008 ... make sure you know where your towel is and stand by!