Douglas Adams

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1952-2001

Born in England, Douglas Noël Adams was an author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. He is best known for his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, which began on radio and later developed into a 'trilogy' of five books.

Douglas Adams also wrote some scripts for Doctor Who and the Dirk Gently novels, and he co-wrote two Liff books and Last Chance to See, itself based on a radio series. Adams was also a reknowned aetheist and proponent of evolutionary theory, traits which have endeared him to the scientific community (also, his initials are 'DNA'). The noted evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins dedicated his book 'The God Delusion' to Douglas Adams. Adams was also quite knowledgeable about technology, writing about such inventions as e-mail and Usenet before they became widely popular, or even widely known.

QUOTES:

"Humans are not proud of their ancestors, and rarely invite them round to dinner."

"I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move."

"It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes."

"The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't."

"There is a theory which states that if ever anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened."