Episode 1

From Advanced Vectoid Stabilisis to Almighty Bob


August 10th, 2017

37 mins 49 secs

Season 1

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About this Episode

Mark Steadman, Jon Hickman and Jon Bounds embark on a mission to discuss everything in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy canon , in alphabetical order.

Advanced Vectoid Stabilisis

A device you can add to your spaceship, “that only wimps go for”. It might also be prime fodder for a Top Gear discussion.


The creature with the sprained mind, who constructed the Cathedral of Hate in Arthur’s name, after believing him to be the cause of his many deaths. Here we share some confessions and decide if Agrajag was right to accuse Arthur of killing him several times.


A colourless, volatile liquid formed from the fermentation of sugars.


If you’re confused by the bread roll reference:



A giant orange star about 65 light years from our sun, and the brightest star in the constellation of Taurus. It is a real thing, Jon.


A star in the Perseus constellation, and is home to the Algolian Suntiger. It is also a real thing (the star, not the tiger).

Allosimanius Syneca

A world of stunning natural beauty. It only gets one mention, in Life, the Universe and Everything , as the place Trillian flies the Heart of Gold to. In this episode, we also find out that Jon Hickman names his running shoes after his favourite sci-fi spaceships.

Almighty Bob

The god whose existence is probably the most spurious, as he was likely invented by Old Thrashbarg. Here we share our favourite, possibly-offensive religious epithet and find out that Almighty Bob is a way for the people of Lamuella to exercise care in the community.

Book recommendation

This week we’re recommending What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, by XKCD’s Randall Munroe. Pick it up in audiobook form for free by taking out a free 30 day trial with Audible. Just head to audibletrial.com/leopard to get started.

Hypothetical Dent

Vote on your favourite actor - or “personality” - to play Arthur in a hypothetical new Netflix series of the Hitchhiker’s Guide.

Get in touch

Let us know what you call a bread roll, by emailing feedback@btlpodcast.com.

Follow @ iamsteadman, @ jonhickman and @ bounder on Twitter.

Read Jon Bounds’ Pop and Politics blog.

Listen to Jon Hickman’s running podcast, You Don’t Look Like a Runner.

Music used from the Free Sound Archive

Jazz in Jardin du Luxembourg by soundlandscapes