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Douglas Adams


Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.
Last Chance To See (1991)


He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)


The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't.
So Long and Thanks for all the Fish(1984)

Precised notes

  • Born on 11 March 1952 in Cambridge, mother a nurse, father a theology lecturer and probation officer
  • Studied at Cambridge
  • Married in 1991
  • Computers: co-founded the company The Digital Village, now extinct, that produced nearly everything that has to do with media; TV, movies, computer games, Starship Titanic - a combined book (written by Terry Jones of the Monty Python-bunch) and computer game. The Digital Village also got the H2G2 going (the two Hs from HitchHiker and the two Gs from Guide to the Galaxy, now belongs to the BBC) where people contributed to the real-world Guide much as Ford Prefect did, only Ford did it for money.
  • Books: co-authored with British satirist John Lloyd - The Meaning Of Liff (sic) and The Deeper Meaning Of Liff (sic) - a dictionary of sorts, e.g. epping describes the little futile finger movements you use to get a barman's attention, and Kalami is the ancient Eastern art of being able to fold road maps properly (if these intrigue you, you can wander off to the HiveMind to see more). The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - a trilogy in four parts, started as a serial on BBC radio.
  • Tidbits: Adams's official biography, by Nick Webb, shares its name with the song "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. Adams was friendly with their guitarist David Gilmour and, as his 42nd birthday gift, was invited to make a guest appearance at one of their 1994 concerts in London, playing rhythm guitar on the songs "Brain Damage" and "Eclipse". Adams chose the name for Pink Floyd's 1994 album, The Division Bell by picking the words from the lyrics to one of its tracks. David also performed at Douglas's Memorial Service.
  • Douglas Adams died of a heart attack on 11 May 2001, during aerobics and lies at Highgate Cemetery (East), Highgate, London, England, plot: Square 74, Plot 52377. Jane and Polly have moved back to Islington, London together with their cats. There is now a Douglas Adams Memorial Towel Day (25 May), don't forget, and don't panic if you forget. Richard Dawkins' lament for Douglas Adams.

Source: Douglas Adams Continuum a site passionate about Adams and full of itsy bitsies typical of fanatics and Wikipedia for the full tuti and HiveMind for peculiar definitions in Liff (sic) and H2G2, the prequel to the Wikipedia.

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