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Douglas Adams (1) (1952–2001)

Autor(a) de The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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Douglas Noel Adams (sometimes referred to Bop Ad because of his distinctive signature) was born in Cambridge, England, on March 11, 1952 and educated at St. John's College at Cambridge University. He graduated with honors in English Literature in 1974. In addition to being a writer/editor for mostrar mais radio, television, and stage, Adams has worked as a hospital reporter, barn builder, and radio producer. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1979, one of his bestselling humor and science fiction novels, was originally a radio series. It was the first in a four-book series that includes The Restaurant at the End of the Universe; Life, the Universe, and Everything, and So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. He once stated that the idea for his first novel came while he was "lying drunk in a field in Innsbruck and gazing at the stars." He pokes fun at humanity by mixing science fiction with humor. Adams's additional books include The Meaning of Liff; The Deeper Meaning of Liff; Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-time of the Soul; and Mostly Harmless. He has also co-authored the book Last Chance to See, about endangered species. Douglas Adams died May 11, 2001 of a heart attack in Santa Barbara, California at the age of 49. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras por Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) — Autor — 38,215 exemplares
Life, the Universe and Everything (1982) — Autor — 15,379 exemplares
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) 14,018 exemplares
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987) — Autor — 13,660 exemplares
Mostly Harmless (1992) 12,248 exemplares
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988) 12,010 exemplares
The Salmon of Doubt (2002) 6,461 exemplares
Last Chance to See (1990) 4,049 exemplares
The Deeper Meaning of Liff (1990) 1,615 exemplares
The Meaning of Liff (1983) 1,432 exemplares
The Original Hitchhiker Radio Scripts (1985) 1,010 exemplares
The Hitchhiker's Trilogy (1983) 319 exemplares
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet (2017) 120 exemplares
Doctor Who and the Krikkitmen (2018) 100 exemplares
Young Zaphod Plays It Safe (1986) 69 exemplares
Shada (2003) — Autor — 68 exemplares
Doctor Who: City of Death [TV serial] (1979) — Writer (as David Agnew) — 54 exemplares
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBC Audio) (2007) — Autor — 47 exemplares
Utterly Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book (1986) — Contribuidor — 46 exemplares
Doctor Who and the Pirate Planet (2021) 37 exemplares
Doctor Who: Shada [TV serial] (2013) — Writer — 35 exemplares
Doctor Who: The Pirate Planet [TV serial] (2002) — Writer — 17 exemplares
Zu den Sternen! (2009) 2 exemplares
Douglas Adams-4 Vols (Boxed) (1988) 1 exemplar
Dont panic 1 exemplar
Robot Dreams 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic (1997) — Autor — 2,628 exemplares
Shada: The Lost Adventure (2012) — Original Script — 691 exemplares
The Wizards of Odd: Comic Tales of Fantasy (1996) — Contribuidor — 619 exemplares
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [2005 film] (2005) — Original book — 593 exemplares
The Time Traveller's Almanac (2013) — Contribuidor — 537 exemplares
Sunset at Blandings (1977) — Prefácio, algumas edições497 exemplares
City of Death (2015) — Original Script — 218 exemplares
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy [complete BBC TV series - 1981] (1981) — Screenwriter; Actor — 152 exemplares
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Authorized Collection (1993) — Original Author — 124 exemplares
Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks [TV serial] (2008) — Script editor — 38 exemplares
Not 1982 (1981)algumas edições32 exemplares
Simulations: 15 Tales of Virtual Reality (Citadel Twilight) (1993) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe {graphic novel, 1-3} (1998) — Original Author — 17 exemplares
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Book Three of Three (1993) — Original Author — 16 exemplares
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Talkback, Volume Two: The Seventies (2006) — Interviewee — 13 exemplares
Life, the Universe and Everything {graphic novel, 1-3} (1996) — Original Author — 12 exemplares
Life, the Universe and Everything - Book One of Three (1996) — Original Author — 6 exemplares
Life, the Universe and Everything - Book Three of Three (1996) — Original Author — 5 exemplares
Life, the Universe and Everything - Book Two of Three (1996) — Original Author — 5 exemplares
In●Vision: Season 17 Overview (1993) — Contributor "The Script Editor's Guide to the Doctor Who Galaxy" and "Adams appeal" — 2 exemplares


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Adams, Douglas Noël
Outros nomes
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Highgate Cemetery, London
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Local de nascimento
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Montecito, California, USA
Causa da morte
heart attack
Locais de residência
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Islington, London, England, UK
St. John's College, Cambridge (BA|1974)
Fry, Stephen (friend)
Belson, Jane (wife)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Asteroid Namesake ("1861 Arthurdent")
Asteroid Namesake ("2592 Douglasadams")
Ed Victor

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Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film.



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I hate to admit this but this series is just not that great. The first book is brilliant, the second is entertain, and well, I have to wonder if Adams was running out of steam when he wrote this. He is working with uninspired ideas and his inability to write characters as anything but vehicles for punchlines and guttural confusions is trying to say the least.
There's just not much of a point of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy being a series other than each entry is a weaker form of satire than the last.

Oh, well. At least Martin Freeman's narration made this somewhat enjoyable. I'd say just read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and stop there.
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ryantlaferney87 | 138 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction series written by the one and only Douglas Adams. The novel is an adaptation of the first four parts of Adams' radio series of the same name. It is perhaps one of the most beloved British science-fiction books of all time, one that combines humor with absurd but often acute observations on issues of materialism, the nature of existence, and the role of bureaucracy. You probably know the plot of its somewhat meandering story of Arthur Dent and Ford Perfect, the famous space wayfarers of the series.

In any incarnation, the Guide follows a befuddled and homeless earthling named Arthur Dent as he tries to navigate a universe filled with hyperintelligent but depressed androids, sentient mattresses, multiple dimensions, extremely bad customer service, mice trying to steal human brains to figure out the ultimate question that will explain the meaning of life the universe and everything, and so on and so forth. It's wacky, brilliant, and often, as all satire does, sheds light on the human condition: mainly how we can be so naive and futile.

The series is beloved and, for all its absurdity, predicted several bits of modern technology with spooky prescience. The Guide the series is named after sounds a lot like Wikipedia. The Babel Fish software that translates foreign websites for you is named after a species of fish that Adams created to help travelers of space translate alien languages.

The book is even insightful into the nature and intersection of celebrity and politics . Adams doesn't muck about with how Beeblebrox became president (and he only stays president long enough to steal a spaceship), but the impression is that everyone was shocked by the whole affair, not least Zaphod. Still it was and is a way to feed his hippie ego. "I freewheel a lot. I get an idea to do something, and, hey, why not, I do it. I reckon I'll become President of the Galaxy, and it just happens, it's easy," he says at one point. "It's like having a Galacticredit card which keeps on working though you never send off the checks." Sounds a bit like Donald Trump and numerous other politicians if you ask me.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a classic. If you haven't read it, give it a shot. It's not everyone cup of tea but if you love British humor, Science Fiction, satire, inspired lunacy, etc. you might just love it. Best enjoyed while drinking a pint of beer and clutching a towel.

remember: DON'T PANIC.
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ryantlaferney87 | 711 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
A sequel to Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe continues to revolve around the life of Arthur Dent, who has found himself in outer space, on The Heart of Gold, being hunted by Vogons, and earth less. Travelling with Ford, Zaphod and Trillian throughout space and time, two questions emerge: firstly, who is the ruler of the known universe? And foremost, where shall we have lunch?
Witty and smart, not to mention, just a bit zany, Adam's combines the improbable with the ordinary. It is an amazing concoction of humour, adventure and philosophy but with a storyline that zig-zags all over the place.
Despite being a fun read, its ideas don't quite live up to Adams' first book in this series. Therefore, I found his ambitions for this novel comparatively underwhelming. There's an exchange between Arthur and Zahpod that sort of sums up my general feeling about the second book
“Look Earthman,” he said angrily, “you’ve got a job to do, right? The Question to the Ultimate Answer, right?”
“What, that thing?” said Arthur. “I thought we’d forgotten about that.”
Martin Freeman narratives the audio book and I must say, it is well worth a listen. Just don't expect to make to much sense of the plot points - it’s the journey not the destination that’s fun here. It's a wacky story, that in the end, leaves our heroes stranded on a pre-historic earth.
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ryantlaferney87 | 186 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |
Yes, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish has a loose plot (mostly focusing on Arthur Dent and his girlfriend Fenchurch) and it is quite different from the farcical satire that comprised the first three books. At its heart this a romantic comedy, focused on Arthur discovering a new Earth (you see the dolphins, having escaped the destruction of the Earth by the Vogons, have gratefully provided humanity with a new planet) and a new girlfriend, Fenchurch. This fourth book suffers from a slow start, and a lack of Adams typically overt zaniness (although the dolphins are clearly the highlight).

There's less science fiction silliness here, which is what I typically come to Adams for. The plot is certainly more straightforward than the previous last three entries.

The different tone also reflects the rushed nature of the writing; Adams' editor Sonny Mehta moved in with the author to ensure that the book met its (extended) deadline. As a result, Adams later stated that he was not entirely happy with the book, which includes several jarring authorial intrusions, which fellow author and Adams' biographer Neil Gaiman described as "patronising and unfair".
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ryantlaferney87 | 117 outras críticas | Dec 8, 2023 |


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