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Douglas Adams (1) [1952–2001]

This page covers the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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

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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 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)
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 36,342 copies, 685 reviews
Life, the Universe and Everything 14,736 copies, 128 reviews
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish 13,486 copies, 113 reviews
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency 13,228 copies, 225 reviews
Mostly Harmless 11,796 copies, 123 reviews
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul 11,665 copies, 115 reviews
The Salmon of Doubt 6,271 copies, 69 reviews
Last Chance to See 3,898 copies, 84 reviews
And Another Thing... 2,841 copies, 107 reviews
The Deeper Meaning of Liff 1,564 copies, 20 reviews
The Meaning of Liff 1,371 copies, 19 reviews
The Hitchhiker's Trilogy 294 copies, 2 reviews
Young Zaphod Plays It Safe 128 copies, 2 reviews
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet 101 copies, 4 reviews
Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen 91 copies, 3 reviews
Shada (Author) 63 copies
Doctor Who: City of Death [TV serial] (Writer (as David Agnew)) 45 copies
Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book (Contributor) 42 copies, 2 reviews
Dont panic 1 copy
Works of Douglas Adams 1 copy, 1 review
Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic (Author) 2,521 copies, 30 reviews
Shada: The Lost Adventure (Original Script) 640 copies, 25 reviews
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (Contributor) 594 copies, 4 reviews
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005 film] (Original book) 542 copies, 6 reviews
The Time Traveller's Almanac (Contributor) 504 copies, 11 reviews
Sunset at Blandings (Foreword, some editions) 484 copies, 4 reviews
City of Death (Original Script) 193 copies, 12 reviews
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [complete BBC TV series - 1981] (Screenwriter; Actor) 114 copies, 4 reviews
Not 1982 (some editions) 30 copies
Talkback, Volume Two: The Seventies (Interviewee) 13 copies, 1 review
In●Vision: Season 17 Overview (Contributor "The Script Editor's Guide to the Doctor Who Galaxy" and "Adams appeal") 2 copies

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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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