Douglas Adams

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Douglas Adams.

Douglas Noel Adams (1952-03-11 - 2001-05-11) was a British writer whose works spanned books of fiction and non-fiction, screenplays, radio programs, and video games. He is best known for his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.

Though his work is mostly humorous, Adams has created several interesting thought experiments like the the cow that wants to be eaten and the puddle argument.


Adams is one of my favorite authors. I had heard about his work several times as a child, and even listened to the beginning of an audio book recording of So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish which my mother had rented on cassette back in the 1980s (though I didn't know who it was at the time). However, my first formal introduction with his work was shortly after he died when I bought a compilation of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy books, and read the first book. I've since read most of his books, dozens of his articles, listened to several of his radio programs, and failed to beat any of his computer games.

I really admire Adams's humor and appreciate his disdain for bureaucracy. I think his best fiction book is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and his best non-fiction is Last Chance to See.


If the work is not ranked, I'm not familiar enough with it to rank it.



Title Year Series Rank Own?
The Private Life of Genghis Khan 1975 Hitchhiker Yes (in a compilation)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1979 Hitchhiker 1 Yes (in a compilation)
The Restaurant At the End of the Universe 1980 Hitchhiker 3 Yes (in a compilation)
Life, the Universe and Everything 1982 Hitchhiker 6 Yes (in a compilation)
So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish 1984 Hitchhiker 4 Yes (in a compilation)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts 1985 Hitchhiker No
Young Zaphod Plays It Safe 1986 Hitchhiker 11 Yes (in a compilation)
A Christmas Fairly Story 1986 Other No
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency 1987 Dirk Gently 8 US hardcover, 1st edition
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul 1988 Dirk Gently 7 US hardcover, 1st edition
Mostly Harmless 1992 Hitchhiker 5 Yes (in a compilation)
Starship Titanic (Book) (Outline) 1997 Other 10 US hardcover, 1st edition.
The Salmon of Doubt 2002 Dirk Gently 9 US hardcover, 1st edition.


Title Year Series Rank Own?
The Meaning of Liff 1983 Liff No
Supplement to The Meaning of Liff 1986 Liff No
The Deeper Meaning of Liff 1990 Liff No
Last Chance to See 1990 Other 1 US hardcover, 1st edition


Title Year Rank Own?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1978 1 No
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future 2001 No


Title Year Rank Own?
The Pirate Planet (Dr. Who episode) 1978 No
City of Death (Dr. Who episode) 1979 No
Shada (Dr. Who episode) 1979-1980 No
Parrots the Universe and Everything 2001 1 No

Video Games

Title Year Rank Own?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1984 No
Bureaucracy 1987 No
Starship Titanic 1997 No



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