Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams

English writer, playwright and screenwriter.
Date of Birth: 11.03.1952
Country: Great Britain

  1. Biography of Douglas Adams
  2. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  3. The Hitchhiker's Guide Series
  4. Other Works and Collaborations
  5. Final Years and Legacy

Biography of Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams was an English writer, playwright, and screenwriter, best known as the author of humorous science fiction works. He was born in March 1952 in Cambridge and attended school in Brentwood. Adams pursued a degree in English literature and received a bachelor's degree in 1974, followed by a master's degree.

Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

In March 1978, Adams gained fame with his four-part radio adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." The series received numerous awards, including the Imperial Tobacco Award, Sony Award, and Best Programme for Young People. The success of the radio adaptation led Adams to publish a book of the same name in 1979, which became a bestseller in 1984 and earned him the Golden Pan award for selling over one million copies.

Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide Series

"The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is a humorous science fiction series, featuring the protagonist Arthur Dent, a hapless earthling. The series includes sequels such as "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" (1980) and "Life, The Universe and Everything" (1982). These books also achieved success in the United States, appearing on the New York Times and Publishers' Weekly bestsellers lists.

Other Works and Collaborations

In addition to his "Hitchhiker's Guide" series, Adams collaborated with Infocom, a renowned adventure game company, to release the interactive fiction game "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" in 1985. He also wrote another humorous adventure game called "Bureaucracy."

Adams ventured into different genres, publishing the non-fiction book "Meaning of Liff" in 1984, followed by "The Deeper Meaning of Liff" in 1990. In 1987, he released the book "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," which combined elements of mystery, humor, and mysticism. The sequel, "Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul," was published in 1988.

Final Years and Legacy

In his later years, Adams worked on a new novel and assisted Disney with the production of a film adaptation of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." He passed away on May 11, 2001.

Douglas Adams left a lasting impact on the literary world with his unique blend of humor and science fiction. His works continue to be celebrated and enjoyed by readers around the world.