The hoopiest frood of them all (1952-2001)
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A British humorist and science fiction
writer, most renowned for having written The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy"
, the Dirk Gently
series, and several Doctor Who
stories starring the one and only Tom Baker
A really hoopy frood, he was very fond of deadlines (he liked the whooshing sound they made as they flew by
) and always knew where his towel was. note
His interests included evolutionary biology, software technology, Apple computers, the music of Pink Floyd
, Bach, and The Beatles
, and SCUBA diving. He was involved in a BBC radio production (and then book) with Mark Carwardine called Last Chance To See
, where he made his case for the necessity of biodiversity and the need for conservation initiatives. He also considered himself a radical atheist
, but the "radical" bit was just to show people that he was serious about it (as opposed to merely being agnostic), not because he was intolerant or aggressive. If ever a human being was Too Cool to Live
, it was him.Hitchhiker
was constructed in a typically Adams fashion — he was notorious for cribbing from his own previous works, and a good many aspects of Hitchhiker
had been put to paper in some form (mostly Adams' own plays and unpublished short stories) before the series itself was conceived.
Douglas Adams died of a massive heart attack at a gym in Santa Barbara, California — where he had a home — on May 11, 2001. Because of where he was at the time, Adams actually was
carrying a towel when he died. Many of his fans find this to be very bittersweet
Adams has been honored with an asteroid, named in his honor (25924 Douglasadams); the asteroid's prior designation (2001 DA42) is notable in that it coincidentally carries the year of Adams' passing; his initials; and the Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. Adams would quite probably see such a coincidence as solid proof that the universe has a sense of humor.
See the article
on The Other Wiki
Little known fact: Adams invented the wiki before Wikipedia even existed. H2G2
, an online encyclopedia system conceived by Adams, was launched in 1999, and predated Wikipedia by two years. Both Wikipedia and H2G2 depended on information contributed by the public, although H2G2 required that editors
, staff on Adams' payroll (later, staff on The BBC
's payroll), approve of certain contributions before it it can be published.
Works of Note:
In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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