A Brand new novel in Douglas Adams Hitchhikers guide series is to be written by Author Eoin Colfer, best known for his childrens fantasy novels featuring Artemis Fowl.

Douglas Adams widow, Jane Belson has agreed that Eoin can write this new novel, to be published by Penguin and is going to be titled "And Another Thing..."

Eoin is a very succesfull Author who has written an astounding series of childrens novels featuring a teenage criminal mastermind called "Artemis Fowl", selling over 18 million copies around the world with the first feature film in production. Eoin has been quoted as being "terrified" by the prospect of writing a new novel in the seminal Hitchikers Guide series, the last volume of which Mostly Harmless was published 16 years ago.

He said: "My first reaction was semi-outrage that anyone should be allowed to tamper with this incredible series".

"But on reflection I realised that this is a wonderful opportunity to work with characters I have loved since childhood and give them something of my own voice while holding on to the spirit of Douglas Adams"

He added: "I feel more pressure to perform now than I ever have with my own books, and that is why I am bloody determined that this will be the best thing I have ever written"

"Being given the chance to write this book is like suddenly being offered the superpower of your choice. For years I have been finishing this incredible story in my head and now I have the opportunity to do it in the real world. It is a gift from the gods"

Over 16 million copies of the Hitchhikers guide series have been sold around the world and have been translated into 35 languages.

It is known that Douglas had plans to write a sixth Hitchhikers novel, with some unpublished material appearing the post humus collection The Salmon of Doubt, published in 2002.

"And Another Thing..." is due to be published in October 2009.