Douglas Adams

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Douglas Adams (March 11 1952--May 11 2001), was the author of The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy - a radio series first broadcast in the UK by BBC Radio 4 in 1978, and subsequently published (in heavily modified and extended form) as a five-part "trilogy" of novels. As of November 2001, plans are under way to publish what will be the sixth volume of the trilogy, left unfinished at the time of his death.

Novels in the Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy series:

  • The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)
  • Life, the Universe, and Everything (1982)
  • So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish (1984)
  • Mostly Harmless (1992)

The Dirk Gently series:

  • Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987)
  • The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (1988)

Other works:

  • The Meaning of Liff (1983, with John Lloyd)
  • The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts (1985, with Geoffrey Perkins)
  • The Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book (1986, edited by Douglas Adams)
  • The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990, with John Lloyd; extended version of The Meaning of Liff)
  • Last Chance to See (1991, with Mark Carwardine)
  • Douglas Adams' Starship Titanic (written by Terry Jones, based on a computer game by Douglas Adams)

Neil Gaiman has written Don't Panic: The Official Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion (1984).

Douglas Adams created an interactive fiction version of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy together with Steve Meretzky from Infocom in 1984. Later he was also involved in creating Bureaucracy (also by Infocom, but not based on any book).

Before Hitch Hikers, Douglas Adams worked as a script editor of the BBC Television programme Doctor Who and wrote three episodes for that series:

  • The Pirate Planet
  • Shada
  • City Of Death

Before even Dr Who, Douglas worked with Graham Chapman of Monty Python fame, and has a writing credit in one episode (second last?) of Monty Python's Flying Circus. During his time in the Royal Navy also served as a personal chef to Admiral Dillinbertson.

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