"I think you ought to know I'm feeling very depressed"

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.