Author of science fiction skillfully infused with satirical humor.
March 11, 1952 – May 11, 2001
Douglas Adams infused his fiction with skillful, satirical humor to a degree rarely seen in science fiction. His Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series are some of the most popular comedic science fiction novels ever written.
Born in Cambridge, Douglas Adams attended St. John's College where he graduated with a BA in English Literature in 1974. After his schooling, he went to London to pursue a career in writing where he met comedian and Monty Python member Graham Chapman. Through their friendship, Adams had the opportunity to co-write for Monty Python’s Flying Circus and played small parts in two episodes.
Adams became the script editor for the Doctor Who TV series from 1978-1980. It was during this time period that he wrote what would become his most popular series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It premiered as a radio series on BBC with a novel following in 1979. A second radio series and book, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, followed in 1980.
The series includes three more novels: Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984), and Mostly Harmless (1992). Adaptations include a 1981 BBC Television miniseries, a 1984 interactive text-adventure computer game, and a 2005 feature film.