Win Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Books

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.Life, the Universe and Everything.So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish.Mostly Harmless.

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You've seen the film, you've heard the radio series, the book. Well, the books - we've got three sets of the American reissue of Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker's Trilogy (which, of course, comprises five books) to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning one of the sets, we'd like you to show us what you think a babel fish looks like.

It strikes many people as odd that, in science fiction, most aliens speak English. Why would they, when not even most humans do? Douglas Adams got around this issue by creating the babel fish, a small, orange, leechlike being that miraculously translates every language and makes it easy for anyone to understand Vogon, Dentrassi or even Cockney.

Obviously, the radio series and books don't show us what the creatures look like, though the TV series and movie have a go at capturing possible likenesses. Let your imagination run riot!

In order to enter, please send your graphics either via email to h2g2team AT bbc DOT co DOT uk or via snail mail to:

h2g2 Babelfish Competition,

h2g2 Team,

BC4 D4 Broadcast Centre,

White City,
London W12 7TP

If posted, graphics should be no bigger than A5 (half a sheet of A4) and all submissions should be accompanied by the name, age, email and full postal address of the artist. Any that we receive that don't have this information will have to be discounted. Please ensure your entry reaches us by 31 May, 2005.

The first three winners will get all five books from the trilogy: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish and Mostly Harmless. Fourteen runners-up will receive a copy of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; both versions contain a special 92-page bonus section on the making of the Hitchhiker's film.

Good luck!

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  • If you are under the age of 16, you must obtain permission from your parent/guardian before entering. Competition is open to UK residents only. You do not have to be a registered member of h2g2 to enter.

  • The closing date for this competition is 31 May, 2005. Submissions received after this date will not qualify for the competition.

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  • Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred and there will be no cash alternatives.

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