On this day…
11th March, 1952 – Douglas Adams born
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.
What is there that has not been said about Douglas Adams? He seems to be a bit like marmite, people seem to either love or loathe him. I definitely fall into the first category. After seeing the movie I became briefly obsessed with the novels and couldn’t believe these were actually being sold in charity shops (who would give such treasure away?). His style of humour is beyond comparison and the Hitchhiker’s series is probably one of the few which genuinely make readers laugh out loud. Not much more to say apart from so long, so long, so long and thanks for all the fish!!