For a series that makes Futurama look grumpy The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Novels ended on a real crap.
The fifth and final installment, 1992 Mostly harmlessis known to be desolate and ends with the destruction of the earth. So, the brief death of all character readers spent a decade and a half making love. It turned out that Douglas Adams, as the children say, go through during his writing and couldn’t bring himself to create anything other than a complete downer. Some of us get bangs; British science fiction writers destroy souls.
Adams was never happy with the ending, nor was anyone else, so he intended to write a sixth book for years, but if there is anything Adams is better at than bone-dry slapstick, he intended to do things. He was kind of George RR Martin of science fiction comedy, and his death in 2001 seemed to clear up the question of his characters’ deaths too. A sixth book was published by the Artemis poultry Guy who picked up where Mostly harmless stopped, but it was little more than fan fiction and hardly a satisfactory solution either: you are rescued by a passing spaceship. Once again.