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Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five... show more
Douglas Adams was the much-loved author of the Hitchhiker's Guides, all of which have sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.

Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams's contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy's Hall of Fame.

Adams also wrote Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), and co-wrote The Meaning of Liff (1983), The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990), Last Chance to See (1990), and three stories for the television series Doctor Who. A posthumous collection of his work, including an unfinished novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002.

Adams became known as an advocate for environmentalism and conservation, and also as a lover of fast cars, cameras, technological innovation, and the Apple Macintosh. He was a staunch atheist, imagining a sentient puddle who wakes up one morning and thinks, "This is an interesting world I find myself in—an interesting hole I find myself in—fits me rather neatly, doesn't it? In fact it fits me staggeringly well, must have been made to have me in it!" to demonstrate his view that the fine-tuned Universe argument for God was a fallacy. Biologist Richard Dawkins dedicated his book The God Delusion (2006) to Adams, writing on his death that "Science has lost a friend, literature has lost a luminary, the mountain gorilla and the black rhino have lost a gallant defender."
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Birth date: 1952-03-11
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Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 2 months ago
As with Princess Bride I'm phenomenally late to the Douglas Adams party, but in spite of my dislike for science fiction (and, to be fair, space-related science fact, for that matter), my resistance was been worn down and I thought I had half a chance of enjoying it on audio. When I saw an edition n...
Grimlock ♥ Ultra Magnus
Grimlock ♥ Ultra Magnus rated it 3 months ago
Other authors didn't balance everything I loved about the original series - the character development, the humor, the soap opera elements, etc as well. I wasn't into a lot of these, actually, although there were only a couple pages long and sort of 'what if this had been different?' type stories. ...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 7 months ago
The way I (probably mistakenly) see it, the answer 42 represents a view of cheery perfection. It's almost as though it is trying to be as divisible as possible simply to be helpful. Even its name is annoyingly perky. It is the number which represents what the established order (notably religion) has...
Calyre
Calyre rated it 11 months ago
Elles recommencèrent deux fois le même cirque, jusqu'à ce que Tricia fût certaine que tout ce qui pouvait humainement être clair était aussi clair qu'il soit humainement possible de l'être.Elle commençait vraiment à être piquée. Elle avait même imaginé qu'un oiseau de Central Park l'avait scrutée av...
Calyre
Calyre rated it 11 months ago
La pluie de type 17 était une sale pluie en rafales qui fouettait son pare-brise avec une telle violence qu'il aurait aussi bien pu faire l'économie de ses essuie-glaces.Il mit à l'épreuve sa théorie en les arrêtant momentanément mais il apparut que la visibilité réussissait à empirer encore.Malheur...
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