Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - The Trilogy in Four Parts by Douglas Adams
What can I say about this book without giving away too much about it's plot? This incredibly hilarious book had me giggling my head off every few pages and I'm still not sure what to write about it. Let's see... all I can say is that it's about a hyperspace bypass us Earthlings didn't know about, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect, a fish in the ear, making sure you have a towel (after all you never know when you'll need one!), The Ashes and the number 42.
Yep, that's all I can say about this book.
Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in 1952, educated at Brentwoods School, Essex and St John's College Cambridge where in 1974, he gained a BA and later a MA in English Literature.
He was the creator of all the various manifestations of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy which started life on the BBC Radio 4 series. Since it's first airing in March 1978, it has been transformed into a series of best selling novels, computer games, a record album and stage play. Throughout the 1980's, Adams wrote a collection of novels that were manifestations of The Hitchhiker's Guide and they were all successful and translated in to many languages. One of Douglas' all time personal favourites was written in 1990 when he teamed up with zoologist Mark Carwardine and wrote 'Last Chance to See' - a world wide search of endangered and rare species of animals.
Douglas was the founder of h2g2, formerly The Digital Village, a digital and media internet company with which he created the 1998 CD-ROM 'Starship Titanic' and a Codie Award-winning (1999) and BAFTA-nominated (1998) adventure game.
Douglas died unexpected at the age of 49 of a heart attack in California where he had been living with his wife and daughter in Santa Barbara in May 2001. At the time of his untimely death, he was working on a screenplay for a feature film version of Hitchhiker.