Marvin the paranoid android, perhaps the most popular character in the book, was based on Adams' friend Andrew Marshall, a comedy writer best known for writing '2.4 Children'. According to Adams, he was a gloomy fellow.
As well as becoming a TV and movie star, Marvin released a couple of charting pop singles in the early 80s. Listen to a clip here.
Marvin was the inspiration behind a suitably morose song called 'Paranoid Android' (Spotify link) by English rock band Radiohead.
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