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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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Burfobookalicious
Burfobookalicious rated it 5 months ago
At the outset of this short book by the author of 'The Hitch Hiker Trilogy', I was hopeful for a blissful return to the cosmic mayhem of yore. I came upon the book on a hospital shelf and it seemed like a dead ringer to lift the gloom and restore spirits and that it did. As a random choice, it did m...
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it 7 months ago
[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.](For some reason, when I requested it, I thought it was a graphic novel. Probably because of the cover. I really like that cover.)This was a fast read with good and bad sides, and I’m very much undecided about it.The quick pace gave a sense of urgen...
Momma Says to Read
Momma Says to Read rated it 8 months ago
When I started this one, I felt like I was missing something and soon realized that the source of Michael's heartache had her own book. However, as the story progressed, I realized that this magical tale wasn't so much about all that as it is about hope, happiness, and moving forward. With a bit of ...
YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it 10 months ago
I didn’t enjoy this nearly as much as Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. It started off interesting, but for some reason I became progressively less interested as the story continued and I put the book down more and more frequently. I also didn’t find it as funny. It had humor, but it didn’...
YouKneeK
YouKneeK rated it 10 months ago
I liked this a lot more than I expected to. I had read the author’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy about 20 years ago and, while I remember finding it mildly amusing and clever at times, I also found it too unrealistically silly to take seriously and didn’t much care for it. My memory of that bo...
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