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'''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 (Universe)|Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series]].
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'''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 (Universe)|''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 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy|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.
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Though his work is mostly humorous, Adams has created several interesting thought experiments like the [[the cow that wants to be eaten]] and [[the puddle argument]].
  
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]].
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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 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy|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.
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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]]''.
  
 
==Works==
 
==Works==
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===Bibliography===
 
===Bibliography===
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====Fiction====
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" |
 
{| class="wikitable sortable" |
 
! Title !! Year !! Series !! Rank !! Own?
 
! Title !! Year !! Series !! Rank !! Own?
 
|-
 
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| [[The Private Life of Genghis Khan]] || 1975 || Hitchhiker ||  || No
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| ''[[The Private Life of Genghis Khan]]'' || 1975 || Hitchhiker ||  || Yes (in a compilation)
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]] || 1979 || Hitchhiker || 1 || Yes (in a compilation)
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| ''[[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]]'' || 1979 || Hitchhiker || 1 || Yes (in a compilation)
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Restaurant At the End of the Universe]] || 1980 || Hitchhiker || 3 || Yes (in a compilation)
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| ''[[The Restaurant At the End of the Universe]]'' || 1980 || Hitchhiker || 3 || Yes (in a compilation)
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Life, the Universe and Everything]] || 1982 || Hitchhiker || 6 || Yes (in a compilation)
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| ''[[Life, the Universe and Everything]]'' || 1982 || Hitchhiker || 6 || Yes (in a compilation)
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Meaning of Liff]] || 1983 || Other || || No
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| ''[[So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish]]'' || 1984 || Hitchhiker || 4 || Yes (in a compilation)
 
|-
 
|-
| [[So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish]] || 1984 || Hitchhiker || 4 || Yes (in a compilation)
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| ''[[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts]]'' || 1985 || Hitchhiker || || No
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts]] || 1985 || Hitchhiker || || No
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| ''[[Young Zaphod Plays It Safe]]'' || 1986 || Hitchhiker || 11 || Yes (in a compilation)
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Young Zaphod Plays It Safe]] || 1986 || Hitchhiker || 11 || Yes (in a compilation)
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| ''[[A Christmas Fairly Story]]'' || 1986 || Other || || No
 
|-
 
|-
| [[A Christmas Fairly Story]] || 1986 || Other || || No
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| ''[[Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency]]'' || 1987 || Dirk Gently || 8 || US hardcover, 1st edition
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency]] || 1987 || Dirk Gently || 8 || US hardcover, 1st edition
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| ''[[The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul]]'' || 1988 || Dirk Gently || 7 || US hardcover, 1st edition
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul]] || 1988 || Dirk Gently || 7 || US hardcover, 1st edition
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| ''[[Mostly Harmless]]'' || 1992 || Hitchhiker || 5 || Yes (in a compilation)
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Deeper Meaning of Liff]] || 1990 || Other || || No
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| ''[[Starship Titanic (Book)]]'' (Outline) || 1997 || Other || 10 || US hardcover, 1st edition.
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Last Chance to See]] || 1990 || Other || 2 || US hardcover, 1st edition
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| ''[[The Salmon of Doubt]]'' || 2002 || Dirk Gently || 9 || US hardcover, 1st edition.
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|}
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====Non-Fiction====
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{| class="wikitable sortable" |
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! Title !! Year !! Series !! Rank !! Own?
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Mostly Harmless]] || 1992 || Hitchhiker || 5 || Yes (in a compilation)
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| ''[[The Meaning of Liff]]'' || 1983 || Liff || || No
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Starship Titanic (Book)]] (Outline) || 1997 || Other || 10 || US hardcover, 1st edition.
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| ''[[Supplement to The Meaning of Liff]]'' || 1986 || Liff || || No
 
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|-
| [[The Salmon of Doubt]] || 2002 || Dirk Gently || 9 || US hardcover, 1st edition.
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| ''[[The Deeper Meaning of Liff]]'' || 1990 || Liff || || No
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| ''[[Last Chance to See]]'' || 1990 || Other || 1 || US hardcover, 1st edition
 
|}
 
|}
  
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! Own?
 
! Own?
 
|-
 
|-
| [[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Radio Program)]] || 1978 || 1 || No
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| ''[[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Radio Program)|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]]'' || 1978 || 1 || No
 
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|-
| [[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future]] || 2001 ||  || No
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| ''[[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future]]'' || 2001 ||  || No
 
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! Own?
 
! Own?
 
|-
 
|-
| [[Shada]] || 1979-1980 ||  || No
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| ''[[The Pirate Planet]]'' (''Dr. Who'' episode) || 1978 ||  || No
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| ''[[City of Death]]'' (''Dr. Who'' episode) || 1979 ||  || No
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| ''[[Shada]]'' (''Dr. Who'' episode) || 1979-1980 ||  || No
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| ''[[Parrots the Universe and Everything]]'' || 2001 || 1 || No
 
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! Own?
 
! Own?
 
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| [[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Video Game)]] || 1984 ||  || No
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| ''[[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (video game)|The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]]'' || 1984 ||  || No
 
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|-
| [[Bureaucracy (Video Game)]] || 1987 ||  || No
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| ''[[Bureaucracy (video game)|Bureaucracy]]'' || 1987 ||  || No
 
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| [[Starship Titanic]] || 1997 ||  || No
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| ''[[Starship Titanic]]'' || 1997 ||  || No
 
|}
 
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Latest revision as of 13:13, 20 June 2019

Douglas Adams.

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.

Though his work is mostly humorous, Adams has created several interesting thought experiments like the the cow that wants to be eaten and the puddle argument.

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.

Works

If the work is not ranked, I'm not familiar enough with it to rank it.

Bibliography

Fiction

Title Year Series Rank Own?
The Private Life of Genghis Khan 1975 Hitchhiker Yes (in a compilation)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1979 Hitchhiker 1 Yes (in a compilation)
The Restaurant At the End of the Universe 1980 Hitchhiker 3 Yes (in a compilation)
Life, the Universe and Everything 1982 Hitchhiker 6 Yes (in a compilation)
So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish 1984 Hitchhiker 4 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 11 Yes (in a compilation)
A Christmas Fairly Story 1986 Other No
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency 1987 Dirk Gently 8 US hardcover, 1st edition
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul 1988 Dirk Gently 7 US hardcover, 1st edition
Mostly Harmless 1992 Hitchhiker 5 Yes (in a compilation)
Starship Titanic (Book) (Outline) 1997 Other 10 US hardcover, 1st edition.
The Salmon of Doubt 2002 Dirk Gently 9 US hardcover, 1st edition.

Non-Fiction

Title Year Series Rank Own?
The Meaning of Liff 1983 Liff No
Supplement to The Meaning of Liff 1986 Liff No
The Deeper Meaning of Liff 1990 Liff No
Last Chance to See 1990 Other 1 US hardcover, 1st edition

Radio

Title Year Rank Own?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1978 1 No
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future 2001 No

Film

Title Year Rank Own?
The Pirate Planet (Dr. Who episode) 1978 No
City of Death (Dr. Who episode) 1979 No
Shada (Dr. Who episode) 1979-1980 No
Parrots the Universe and Everything 2001 1 No

Video Games

Title Year Rank Own?
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy 1984 No
Bureaucracy 1987 No
Starship Titanic 1997 No

Gallery

Links

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