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Sunday, 18 November, 2001, 16:24 GMT
Final Adams novel 'to be published'
Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams died of a heart attack
Science fiction writer Douglas Adams's unfinished final novel is to be published next year, according to reports.

A Salmon of Doubt - the sixth episode of Adams's Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy series - will hit book shops next May on the anniversary of the writer's death, reported the Sunday Telegraph.

The publication will reportedly be edited but remain unfinished following its recovery from files on the novelist's computer.

Adams died suddenly in May in Santa Barbara, California, following a heart attack. He was 49.

A Salmon of Doubt is said to have been found by his widow Jane Belson and his personal assistant Sophie Astin.

Mark Wing-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Sandra Dickinson as Trillian
Adams's novel was turned into a BBC series

Adams is believed to have been working on the novel for almost 11 years.

His agent Ed Victor told the Sunday Telegraph: "We have pored over Douglas's hard drive. There were so many different versions of the novel.

"He would take it and then revise it repeatedly so there were many files.

"As soon as he wrote anything he would say, 'Oh, God that's terrible'. He was a very, very self-critical author and so had a lot of trouble writing. He was a perfectionist."

A Salmon of Doubt will reportedly be published as part of a collection of Adams's final writing, much of it previously unseen.

The collection is said to include magazine and newspaper articles, lectures, writings from his website and his work with BBC Radio 4.

It will also include the screenplay of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Adams became a household name when he wrote novels based on his BBC Radio 4 series, which were in turn made into a BBC TV series.

His other novels included the best-selling titles The Restaurant at the End of the Universe Life, The Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish and Mostly Harmless.

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