Douglas Adams

Author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and 40+ Books

Douglas Adams


Douglas Nol Adams was a writer, comic radio dramatist, and musician from England. He is best known as the author of the Galaxy's Guide to Hitchhikers. Hitchhikers began on the radio and developed into a "trilogy" of five books (which during his lifetime sold over fifteen million copies) as well as a television series, a comic book series, a computer game, and a feature film completed after Adam's death. The series was also adapted for live theate... r using various scripts; Adams' newly written material used the earliest such productions. In addition to The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams wrote or co-wrote three stories of the science fiction television series Doctor Who, and served as the Script Editor during the seventeenth season. His other written works include novels by Dirk Gently, and he co-wrote two books by Liff and Last Chance to See, based on a radio series itself. Adams also created the idea for the Starship Titanic computer game, which was produced by a company co-founded by Adams and adapted by Terry Jones into a novel. A posthumous collection of essays and other material, including an incomplete novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubtin 2002. His fans and friends also knew Adams as an environmental activist and a lover of fast cars, cameras, the Macintosh computer and other "techno gizmos." He was a sought-after lecturer on topics including technology and the environment towards the end of his life.READ MORE

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I don't accept the currently fashionable assertion that any view is automatically as worthy of respect as any equal and opposite view. My view is that the moon is made of rock. If someone says to me 'Well, you haven't been there, have you? You haven't seen it for yourself, so my view that it is made of Norwegian Beaver Cheese is equally valid' - then I can't even be bothered to argue. There is such a thing as the burden of proof, and in the case of god, as in the case of the composition of the moon, this has shifted radically. God used to be the best explanation we'd got, and we've now got vastly better ones. God is no longer an explanation of anything, but has instead become something that would itself need an insurmountable amount of explaining. So I don't think that being convinced that there is no god is as irrational or arrogant a point of view as belief that there is. I don't think the matter calls for even-handedness at all.

For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.

Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.

I'd take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.

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