Douglas N. Adams


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
About the end of the world and the happy-go-lucky days that follow...
About the worst Thursday that ever happened, and why the Universe is a lot safer if you bring a towel..."

[pb: Pocket Books, USA, 1981, ISBN 0-671-74606-5; Cover Art: Peter Cross]
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)
"When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remains - "Where shall we have dinner?"
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.

[pb: Pan 1980, ISBN 0-330-26213-0; Cover Art: Image Bank, Chris Foss, Peter Williams, Douglas Adams]
Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)
"In consequense of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot possibly get any worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-bogglingly big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair.

[pb: Pan 1982, ISBN 0-330-26738-8; Cover Art: Image Bank, Chris Foss, Peter Williams, Douglas Adams]
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984)
"Just as Arthur Dent's sense of reality is in its dickiest state he suddenly finds the girl of his dreams. He finds her in the last place in the Universe in which he would expect to find anything at all, but which 3,976,000,000 people will find oddly familiar. The gon in search of God's Final Message to His Creation and, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it.

[pb: Pan 1985, ISBN 0-330-28700-1; Cover Art: Image Bank, Chris Foss, Peter Williams, Douglas Adams]
Mostly Harmless (1992)
"'The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has, in what we laughingly call the past, had a great deal to say on the subject of parallel universes. Very little of this is, however, at all comprehensible to anyone below the level of Advanced God, and since it is now well-established that all known gods came into existence a good three millionths of a second after the Universe began rather than, as they usually claimed, the previous week, they already have a great deal of explaining to do as it is, and are therefore not available for comment at this time...'
Mostly Harmless: The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Part Five. The book that gives a whole new meaning to the word 'trilogy'."

[pb: Pan 1993, ISBN 0-330-32311-3]
Young Zaphod Plays it Safe (Short Story)
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
"What do a dead cat, a computer whiz-kid, an Electric Monk who believes the world is pink, quantum mechanics, a Chronologist over 200 years old, Samuel Taylor Coleridge (poet), and pizza have in common?
Apparently not much; until Dirk Gently, selfstyled private investigator, sets out to prove the fundamental interconnectedness of all things by solving a mysterious murder, assisting a mysterious professor, unravelling a mysterious mystery, and eating a lot of pizza - not to mention saving the entire human race from extinction along the way (at no extra charge).
To find out more, read this book (better still, buy it then read it) - or contact Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

[pb: Pan 1988, ISBN 0-330-30162-4; Cover Art: Image Bank, Chris Foss, Peter Williams, Douglas Adams]
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988)
"When a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame the usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board. Even the British Nuclear Fuels rushed out a statement to the effect that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn't actually anything to do with them at all.
No rational cause could be found for the explosion - it was simply designated an act of God. But, thinks Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?
Funnier than
Psycho... more chilling than Jeeves Takes Charge... shorter than War and Peace... the new Dirk Gently novel, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul."

[pb: Pan 1989, ISBN 0-330-30955-2; Cover Art: Chris Moore]
Last Chance to See (with Mark Carwardine)
"After years of reflecting on the absurdities of life on other planets, Douglas Adams teams up with zoologist Mark Carwardine on an expedition to find out what's happening to life on this one"
[pb: Pan 1991, ISBN 0-330-32002-5; Cover Design: Douglas Adams, Andy Tumbul, Ewan Buck, photograph by Red Saunders]
The (Deeper) Meaning of Liff (1990, with John Lloyd)
A Dictionary of Things That There Aren't Any Words For Yet
[pb: Pan 1992, ISBN 0-330-3220-6; Illustrations: Bert Kitchen]
The Utterly, Utterly Merry Comic Relief Christmas Book (Edited by Douglas Adams and Peter Finchman)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Infocom Textadventure)
Starship Titanic (Computer game)
Starship Titanic (Novelisation by Terry Jones)
"At the centre of the galaxy, a vast, unknown civilization is preparing for an event of epic proportions, the launch of the greatest, most georgeous, most technologically advanced spaceship ever built - the Starship Titanic.

An Earthling would see the ship as something really, really big, but rather less provincial onlookers would recognize it as the galaxy's most renowned architect. Before the launch Leovinus is having one last little look round and begins to find that things aren't just right; poor workmanship, cybersystems out of control, robots walking into doors. How could this have happened? The Starship Titanic is THE SHIP THAT CANNOT POSSIBLY GO WRONG...

While the galaxy's media looks on the following morning, hugely, magnificently, the fabulous ship eases away from the construction dock, picks up speed, sways a little, wobbles a bit, veers wildly and just before it can do untold damage to everything around it, appears to undergo SMEF (Spontaneous Massive Existence Failure). In just ten seconds, the whole, stupendous enterprise is over. And our story has just begun..."
[pb: Pan 1997, ISBN 0-330-35446-9; Cover Art: Oscar Chichoni]

Don't Panic - Douglas Adams & The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (by Neil Gaiman, 2nd and revised edition 1993, 1st edition published as: 'Don't Panic: The official Hitchhiker's Guide to the  Galaxy Companion' 1988)
This is the story of an ape-descended human called Douglas Adams who, in a field in Innsbruck, in 1971, had an idea.
It is also the story of a book called, at a very high level of improbability,
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy; of the radio series that started it all; the five book trilogy it comprises; and the computer game, towel and television series that it, in its turn, has spawned."

[pb: Titan 1993 (2nd revised edition), ISBN 1-85286-411-7; Cover Art: 'Swarm Fish', Britstock-IFA]

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