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Douglas Adams (1) (1952–2001)

Author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

For other authors named Douglas Adams, see the disambiguation page.

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About the Author

Douglas Noel Adams (sometimes referred to Bop Ad because of his distinctive signature) was born in Cambridge, England, on March 11, 1952 and educated at St. John's College at Cambridge University. He graduated with honors in English Literature in 1974. In addition to being a writer/editor for show more radio, television, and stage, Adams has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, and radio producer. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1979, one of his bestselling humor and science fiction novels, was originally a radio series. It was the first in a four-book series that includes The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe, and Everything, and So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. He once stated that the idea for his first novel came while he was "lying drunk in a field in Innsbruck and gazing at the stars." He pokes fun at humanity by mixing science fiction with humor. Adams's additional books include The Meaning of Liff; The Deeper Meaning of Liff; Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul; and Mostly Harmless. He has also co-authored the book Last Chance to See, about endangered species. Douglas Adams died May 11, 2001 of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 49. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) — Author — 38,926 copies
Life, the Universe, and Everything (1982) — Author — 15,731 copies
Mostly Harmless (1992) 12,509 copies
Last Chance to See (1990) 4,129 copies
The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990) 1,640 copies
The Meaning of Liff (1983) 1,461 copies
The Hitchhiker's Trilogy (1983) 331 copies
Young Zaphod Plays It Safe (1986) 70 copies
Shada (2003) — Author — 69 copies
Doctor Who: City of Death [TV serial] (1979) — Writer (as David Agnew) — 55 copies
Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book (1986) — Contributor — 46 copies
Doctor Who: Shada [TV serial] (2013) — Writer — 36 copies
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet [TV serial] (2002) — Writer — 17 copies
Zu den Sternen! (2009) 2 copies
Skating 2 copies
Robot Dreams 1 copy

Associated Works

Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic (1997) — Author — 2,666 copies
Shada: The Lost Adventure (2012) — Original Script — 726 copies
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005 film] (2005) — Original book — 638 copies
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996) — Contributor — 633 copies
The Time Traveller's Almanac (2013) — Contributor — 569 copies
Sunset at Blandings (1977) — Foreword, some editions — 511 copies
City of Death (2015) — Original Script — 233 copies
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [complete BBC TV series - 1981] (1981) — Screenwriter; Actor — 164 copies
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Authorized Collection (1993) — Original Author — 125 copies
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks [TV serial] (2008) — Script editor — 40 copies
Not 1982 (1981) — some editions — 32 copies
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe {graphic novel, 1-3} (1998) — Original Author — 17 copies
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Book Three of Three (1993) — Original Author — 16 copies
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contributor — 15 copies
Talkback, Volume Two: The Seventies (2006) — Interviewee — 13 copies
Life, the Universe and Everything {graphic novel, 1-3} (1996) — Original Author — 12 copies
Life, the Universe and Everything - Book One of Three (1996) — Original Author — 7 copies
Life, the Universe and Everything - Book Three of Three (1996) — Original Author — 6 copies
Life, the Universe and Everything - Book Two of Three (1996) — Original Author — 6 copies
In●Vision: Season 17 Overview (1993) — Contributor "The Script Editor's Guide to the Doctor Who Galaxy" and "Adams appeal" — 2 copies


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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Adams, Douglas
Legal name
Adams, Douglas Noël
Other names
Adams, Douglas N.
Agnew, David
Date of death
Burial location
Highgate Cemetery, London, England, UK
Country (for map)
England, UK
Cambridge, England, UK
Place of death
Montecito, California, USA
Cause of death
heart attack
Places of residence
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Islington, London, England, UK
St. John's College, Cambridge (BA|1974)
Fry, Stephen (friend)
Belson, Jane (wife)
Awards and honors
Asteroid Namesake ("1861 Arthurdent")
Asteroid Namesake ("2592 Douglasadams")
Ed Victor
Short biography
Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. 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.



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Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox in the second Hitchhikers adventure. Quite fun but I'm not the biggest scifi fan!
cbinstead | 191 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is one of my favorite books. I was a freshman in high school when I first read it, and I've read the whole series a few times in the 20 years since.

The story isn't complicated, even though it's super original. Same goes for the characters. The humor is a bit random and silly, but clever. It's not for everyone, I imagine, but I laugh a lot while reading it.

I listened on audiobook this time, and the narrator, Stephen Fry, is great.
zeronetwo | 722 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
Life, the Universe and Everything isn't as good as the first two books in the series, but it's still fun.
zeronetwo | 141 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
tootall77hc | 722 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |


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