Platinum-selling Irish rock act the Blizzards launched their first U.K. album release with a performance at an event to mark 30 years since the publication of the comic science fiction novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."

Penguin has published a new instalment in the series, which was a global success for author Douglas Adams and has been translated into dozens of languages. Following Adams's death in 2001, Irish children's author Eoin Colfer has written "And Another Thing..." - the sixth instalment in the much-loved series.

The Blizzards performed their tie-in song "And Another Thing..." at Hitchcon '09 on Oct. 11 at London's Royal Festival Hall in front of Hitchhiker's fans, who wore dressing gowns in homage to the story's character Arthur Dent. Colfer then gave a reading and took part in a discussion at the theatre space, part of the Southbank Centre.

"And Another Thing..." is an official song to mark the publication of the book and it features on "Domino Effect" (Universal), a mini-album version of the original Irish edition, released in the U.K. by the Blizzards today (Oct. 12). It will also be available as a single on Oct. 26.

"To be involved with 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' phenomenon is such an honor for us as a band," said singer Niall Breslin in a statement. "We have been massive fans for years and are delighted the Hitchhiker's tradition is being continued by such an amazingly creative writer like Eoin Colfer."

Colfer added: "'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' has always had a musical element, from Joby Talbot's iconic score for the Hitchhiker's film to the many bands who have been inspired by the books - Radiohead and Coldplay to name a few. Douglas Adams even jammed with Pink Floyd. I wanted to keep this musical affiliation going so Penguin put out feelers to see if any contemporary acts were Hitchhiker's fans. Quite a few were apparently, but when the list came back I read no further than the first name which was the Blizzards, one of Ireland's biggest bands who share a sound engineer with my brother and whose album has five stars on my iPhone."

Coldplay's song "Don't Panic" was inspired by "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" - which began as a BBC radio series and then became a series of novels and a TV series as well as a Hollywood film - while Radiohead's "Paranoid Android" was named after the character Marvin the Paranoid Android.

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