On this day, sixty years ago, an intelligent, insightful and hilarious mind was born, bubbling away inside a tiny baby named Douglas Noel Adams. He would go on to become famous for writing a radio series, book series, television series and a movie all based on The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, as well as other books, articles, essays, an involvement with endangered animals, a love for technology, and so much more, only to be stolen away from us just under eleven years ago, at the age of forty-nine. And ever since, he has been sorely missed by many people all over the world.
If you’ve never read, heard or seen any of this man’s work, I strongly recommend you do so as soon as possible. His books are of course the best place to start, and consist of 5 books in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, as well as two books in his Dirk Gently series, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, not to mention several others, including The Salmon of Doubt, a collection of essays and articles, plus the chapters of the novel he was working on when he passed away.
On a first glance, his stories seem quirky, bizarre, funny and rather silly. But upon subsequent and more detailed readings, it becomes clear that these stories were the product of a sharp, analytical mind, someone who looked at life and society with a fascination, curiosity and optimism which is often lacking in the world views of other writers. Interestingly enough, Douglas Adams didn’t particularly enjoy writing, due to his perfectionist nature, and yet he persisted and produced some amazing writing, which has been loved by many the world over. For me personally, his books are some of the only books I have reread several times, and which always remind me of why I read and why I write so much – his work, simply put, inspires me.
I guess then, the best way to end this short blog is with a quote. Rest in peace Douglas Adams, the world still misses you all these years later.
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone 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.”