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.

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.

Works

Bibliography

Title Year Opinion Own?
The Private Life of Genghis Khan 1975 - No
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1979 Very good Yes (in a compilation)
The Restaurant At the End of the Universe 1980 Very good Yes (in a compilation)
Life, the Universe and Everything 1982 Good Yes (in a compilation)
The Meaning of Liff 1983 - No
So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish 1984 Very good Yes (in a compilation)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts 1985 - No
Young Zaphod Plays It Safe 1986 Good Yes (in a compilation)
A Christmas Fairly Story 1986 - No
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency 1987 Average US hardcover, 1st edition
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul 1988 Average US hardcover, 1st edition
The Deeper Meaning of Liff 1990 - No
Last Chance to See 1990 Very good US hardcover, 1st edition
Mostly Harmless 1992 Very good Yes (in a compilation)
Starship Titanic (Book) 1997 Good US hardcover, 1st edition.
The Salmon of Doubt 2002 Good US hardcover, 1st edition.

Radio

Title Year Opinion Own?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Radio Program) 1978 Very good No
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future 2001 Not heard No

Film

Title Year Opinion Own?
Shada 1979-1980 Not seen No

Video Games

Title Year Opinion Own?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Video Game) 1984 No
Bureaucracy (Video Game) 1987 Not played No
Starship Titanic 1997 Not played No

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