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.
|The Private Life of Genghis Khan||1975||Hitchhiker||-||No|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy||1979||Hitchhiker||Very good||Yes (in a compilation)|
|The Restaurant At the End of the Universe||1980||Hitchhiker||Very good||Yes (in a compilation)|
|Life, the Universe and Everything||1982||Hitchhiker||Good||Yes (in a compilation)|
|The Meaning of Liff||1983||None||-||No|
|So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish||1984||Hitchhiker||Very good||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||Good||Yes (in a compilation)|
|A Christmas Fairly Story||1986||None||-||No|
|Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency||1987||Dirk Gently||Average||US hardcover, 1st edition|
|The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul||1988||Dirk Gently||Average||US hardcover, 1st edition|
|The Deeper Meaning of Liff||1990||None||-||No|
|Last Chance to See||1990||None||Very good||US hardcover, 1st edition|
|Mostly Harmless||1992||Hitchhiker||Very good||Yes (in a compilation)|
|Starship Titanic (Book)||1997||None||Good||US hardcover, 1st edition.|
|The Salmon of Doubt||2002||Dirk Gently||Good||US hardcover, 1st edition.|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Radio Program)||1978||Very good||No|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future||2001||Not heard||No|
|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Video Game)||1984||No|
|Bureaucracy (Video Game)||1987||Not played||No|
|Starship Titanic||1997||Not played||No|