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So Long, Hitchhiker: Douglas Adams Dead At 49

timothy posted more than 13 years ago | from the transcending-earth dept.

News 473

Motor was among the first of the hundreds of readers with this sad news: "Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy has died of a heart attack, aged 49." I still remember the first time someone pointed out the Hitchiker's Guide to me, and what a changing point even the first few pages were. It's easy to see he'll be missed.

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473 comments

Naah. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#227945)

Douglas Adams is not dead, he just finally got the lift to home.

Respects (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#227949)

Respects to his family.

Sad day. (2)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#227950)

Don't forget your towel.

You wasted post #42 for THAT? (3)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#227952)

Looks like the question was "What is SEVEN times seven?" or something.

Thank you so much. (3)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#227953)

Douglas thanks so much for the books, I am very sad to know that I won't get to see you in person. You came by my town on a book tour and I never knew until it was too late. How can I explain what your writing have meant to me and the joy it brings me to tell others about it. My mother had a very hard year at 42 and oddly enough your books eased the pain because she loved them too. You should not have had to die and everyone who has read your books will almost selfishly wished that you would live forever just so we could get more of your viewpoint on life the universe and everything. I was completely shocked to hear that you had died and I hope your life has been as full as you have made all of ours. The world is a much poorer place without you in it. I truly hope your loved ones left behind know how much your wit and humor are loved. I also feel so sad for your creations. You will be greatly missed. Goodbye.

So long (5)

Anonymous Coward | more than 13 years ago | (#227954)

And me with this terrible pain in all the diodes down my left side.

Oh God, I'm so depressed...

this is a sad sad day. (2)

Hitch (1361) | more than 13 years ago | (#227963)

I can honestly point to Douglas Adams as being one of the first steps of my descent into geekdom. I was led to Adams the mere weeks before I first discovered BBSes...and I became obsessed. thus, my "Hitch" id, as well as my hitchhiker e-mail. to this day I carry a towel with me everywhere. I have one in my car, in my bag, and I use one to wrap around my "More than complete" leather edition of the guide...I spent years searching out his other novels, the deeper meaning of liff, last chance to see. I still haven't gotten all oflast chance to see (it's easier to find on mp3 with him reading it than it is to find the actual book). I'm...crushed to hear this. I think I'll go dig out my infocom emulator and play the game for a while.
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All that glitters has a high refractive index.

Farewell (1)

chrome (3506) | more than 13 years ago | (#227965)

Farewell Doug. Thanks for all the laughs.

You will be sorely missed.

A day of mourning has been called in this house.

Truly bad news (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 13 years ago | (#227973)

But mostly for the people who knew him in person.

While it is always sad when a person passes away, especially good writers, I must admit - as harsh as it sounds - that it does not affect me a lot. The HHGTTG was marvellous and will always be, that is not going to change.

My condoleances to his friends and family who have lost more than a great author.

Re:42 (1)

Rob Kaper (5960) | more than 13 years ago | (#227974)

I wish people would realise that the 42 joke isn't the least bit funny anymore.

Sorry, the /. audience disagrees [slashdot.org] with you.

42 (1)

enterfornone (7400) | more than 13 years ago | (#227976)

I've never read his books and while I appreciate the impact that he has made on many, I wish people would realise that the 42 joke isn't the least bit funny anymore.

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Re:42 (1)

enterfornone (7400) | more than 13 years ago | (#227977)

Perhaps it's funny in the context of the book. But when every geek repeats it as the answer to the meaning of life it gets pretty old.

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Re:42 (2)

enterfornone (7400) | more than 13 years ago | (#227979)

I wouldn't expect the Slashdot audience to know much about quality writing, given that they read Slashdot :)

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Very untimely passing (1)

RayChuang (10181) | more than 13 years ago | (#227987)

I am quite stunned that Douglas Adams is dead, especially when he was only 49 years old.

Many of us remember the famous Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series of novels he did, some of the best-read science fiction novels of the last 20 years.

Goodbye, and thanks for all the fish. :'-(

So long and thanks for all the fish (2)

Vesperi (10991) | more than 13 years ago | (#227991)

I guess someone found his sub-eather thumb signal
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James Michael Keller

You will be missed... (1)

CoolVibe (11466) | more than 13 years ago | (#227992)

See subject. I got nothing more to say...
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Slashdot didn't accept your submission? hackerheaven.org [hackerheaven.org] will!

Re:49, not 42? (1)

Dfiant (13407) | more than 13 years ago | (#227995)

So...wait...if eight times six is 42, then what is 49?

I'm going to miss Douglas Adams. I've always admired his unique style of writing; the hitchhiker's guide books are the most entertaining I've ever read. So long, Mr. Adams, and thanks for all the laughs.

Re:49, not 42? (1)

Dfiant (13407) | more than 13 years ago | (#227996)

Frell, never try to work with numbers after staying up all night... Nine times six. =p

Such a sad story to wake up to (1)

Nicodemus (19510) | more than 13 years ago | (#228010)

I never knew the man, but I am very saddened to hear that the world will never again be graced by his brilliance. I just hope that they bury a towel with him, I'm sure he'll find it useful on the other side.

Nicodemus

Re:Secret writings ? (5)

andrewb (23571) | more than 13 years ago | (#228015)

I'm sure this has been seen here before, but anyway:

#define NINE 8 + 1
#define SIX 1 + 5

int main() {
printf("%i times %i is %i\n", SIX, NINE, SIX * NINE);
return 0;
}

--

Re:49, not 42? (1)

Gekke Eekhoorn (27027) | more than 13 years ago | (#228019)

No, it's still 42. He was always late in meeting his deadlines. (In case you missed it, he said 'I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make when they go by').

Man, this thouroughly puts a damper on this day.

Thanks Doug. Your writings meant a lot in my life. I hope all goes well for your wife and daughter.

Re:The Late Douglas Adams (3)

Sebbo (28048) | more than 13 years ago | (#228021)

Not if he was supposed to die at 42.

Late, as in the late Adams Douglas Adams.

I feel a little weird about making jokes about his death, except that I'm confident he'd approve.

Re:I guess no one can tell me... (1)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 13 years ago | (#228033)

Part of me hopes your kidding but hee goes:
DOnt panic is on the cover of the ACTUAL hitchhikers guide in the books.
42 is the answer to the meaning of life.
You really need to read the books to for this to be appropriatley absurd and perfectly logical at the same time.

Someone please bury the man with a towel. (1)

Unknown Poltroon (31628) | more than 13 years ago | (#228034)

Nope, not a troll. Can you think of anything more fitting?

Life (1)

slink (33579) | more than 13 years ago | (#228039)

Having witnessed many people (family, friends,others) die the last few years at quite young age (Average 45 I'd say) makes you think about the causes that lead to such results.

We are to die anyway but normally after a longer lifespan. Is our surrounding becoming more and more hostile, geared towards machine like efficiency? On the outside people seem to do well but on the inside their life can be shattered.

Farewell Douglas

So long Doug (1)

aiabx (36440) | more than 13 years ago | (#228044)

You'll be missed.
I won't panic.
-aiabx

So long, and thanks for all the fish. (5)

Hobbex (41473) | more than 13 years ago | (#228049)

They rounded the foot of Quentulus Quazgar Mountains, and there was the message written in blazing letters along the crest of the Mountain. There was a little observation vantage point with a rail built along the top of a large rock facing it, from which you could get a good view. It had a little pay-telescope for looking at the letters in detail, but no one would ever use it because the letters burned with the divine brilliance of the heavens and would, if seen through a telescope, have severely damaged the retina and the optic nerve.

They gazed at God's Final Message in wonderment, and were slowly and ineffably filled with a great sense of peace, and of final and complete understanding.

Fenchruch sighed. 'Yes,' she said, 'that was it.'

They had been staring at ut for fully ten minutes before they became aware that Marvin, hanging between their shoulders, was in difficulties. The robot could no longer lift his head, had not read the message. They lifted his head, but he complained that his vision circuits had almost gone.

They found a coin and helped him to the telescope. He complained and insulted them, but they helped him look at each individual letter in turn. The first letter was a 'w', the second an 'e'. Then there was a gap. An 'a' follow, then a 'p', an 'o' and an 'l'.

Marvin paused for a rest. After a few moments they resumed and let him see the 'o', the 'g', the 'i', the 's', and the 'e'.

The next two words were 'for' and 'the'. The last one was a long on, and Marvin needed another rest before he could tackle it.

It started with 'i', then 'n' then a 'c'. Next came an 'o' and an 'n', followed by a 'v', an 'e', another 'n', and an 'i'.

After a final pause, Marvin gathered his strength for the last stretch.

He read the 'e', the 'n', the 'c' and at last the final 'e', and staggered back into their arms.

'I think', he muttered at last, from deep within his corroding rattling thorax, 'I feel good about it.'

The lights went out in his eyes for absolutely the very last time ever.

Luckily, there was a stall nearby where you could rent scooters from guys with green wings.

Sad (1)

Winlin (42941) | more than 13 years ago | (#228052)

My whole family read the Hitchhiker's Guide when I was a teenager. My mom had a teeshirt made that said "I know where my towel is." and gave it to my brother for his birthday :) All of our condolences and best thoughts to his loved ones.

Of All the Slashdot Stories... (1)

1stflight (48795) | more than 13 years ago | (#228054)

I believe this is the saddest :~{
Thanks Doug, for all the wonderful stories, you will be missed....

a sad day (1)

perlmangle (49439) | more than 13 years ago | (#228055)


While I can't say I respect his theology, I do believe he wrote some of the best fiction of the 20th century. His was a rare brain that was just slightly off in the most delightful way. His stories touched on the realm of the possible in a way that changed my view of the Galaxy. Only the good die young.

The only thing that can console me this morning is MST3K. Sshhh! It's on.

Secret writings ? (1)

chrysalis (50680) | more than 13 years ago | (#228057)

Maybe Douglas wrote (or started to write) things that never were published (Hitchiker's guide #6 ?) . They will maybe be revealated now.
Rest in Peace, Douglas. We love you.
Please, everyone, when you write documentation, and when you need an arbitrary number, use 42.
Maybe we also should release a patch for 'bc' and every calculator so that 6*9 = 42.

Altavista (2)

chrysalis (50680) | more than 13 years ago | (#228058)

Babelfish translator [altavista.com] has lost his creator and maintainer.
Who will feed the fish, now ?
Maybe we should give the babelfish to Theo de Raadt, so that OpenBSD [openbsd.org] will run all hardware (past, present and future) over the universe ? And we will give back the ex-OpenBSD blowfish to the Altavista dudes, they won't see any change, anyway.

Re:42 (1)

cetan (61150) | more than 13 years ago | (#228078)

it's a hell of a lot more funny than your existance on this website that's for sure.

yours is just sad.

This is a real sad day... (1)

tvf (63451) | more than 13 years ago | (#228081)

Damn! :(

Saw him give a reading about 17 years ago - he was fantastic/funny/silly/great. Now I'll be really sad this weekend - guess I need to go re-read them again...

Re:A great obituary (4)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 13 years ago | (#228096)

I guess this means no resolution to the loose ends from "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" and no movie.

Unfortunately, it probably means that the movie will finally be made, badly.

I think that the reason we haven't seen it yet is that he never got the movie deal that he wanted in terms of control. (I can just see studio execs now "This Marvin is all wrong, too depressing for a comedy, we think he should be more of a 'surfer dude.'" or "Slartibartfast is not going to work for marketing tie-ins. We are thinking more of a furry E.T. named 'Giget.'") Ugh.

-Peter

link to nice obituarie (1)

oll (78871) | more than 13 years ago | (#228097)

http://www.tdv.com

So long, I guess... (1)

StorminNorman (83059) | more than 13 years ago | (#228100)

Everyone else has already said it all for me, but Douglas Adams dying is important enough for me to post and say that i am very saddened to hear this news as well.
The scary part is, I was coming back from a meeting of the Melbourne Anime Society today, and my Dad and I were talking about Adams on the train. We had no idea that he'd died.

*sigh*

Re:Why 42? (3)

Floyd Turbo (84609) | more than 13 years ago | (#228103)

So the characters become stranded on earth in prehistoric times, by having a caveman pull scrabble letters from a bag they determine that the question is "What is Five by Nine?"

Pardon a quibble here, but according to my copy of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the Ultimate Question is actually "What do you get if you multiply six by nine".


When I was in high school, a friend of mine who was very smart (and had much too much time on his hands) figured out that six times nine does equal 42 -- provided you do it in base 13.
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drink up (1)

muwahaha (85166) | more than 13 years ago | (#228105)

I'd like to order a round of pangalactic
gargleblasters for the whole house. Put it on my
tab.

Alex.

49, not 42? (5)

d2ksla (89385) | more than 13 years ago | (#228110)

So is the answer 49 then?

Re:42 (1)

KDan (90353) | more than 13 years ago | (#228112)

Well then read the frickin' book and enjoy the gazillion jokes in there, moron... Daniel

Why, why, why? (1)

D_Fresh (90926) | more than 13 years ago | (#228113)

Ah. 42. Never mind.

Wow... (1)

debaere (94918) | more than 13 years ago | (#228120)

I just started re-reading the Hitchhiker series a couple days ago.

My condolences to the family. He will be missed.

Mr Adams, say hello to the Great Prophet Zarquon for me.

Dave

DOS is dead, and no one cares...

awful. just awful. (1)

spyderbyte23 (96108) | more than 13 years ago | (#228121)

I read the Hitchhiker's books a *long* time ago, when I was 12 or so. Then I kept rereading them in later years. I played his computer games, looked at his H2G2 website, and was anxious as hell for his movie. 49? That's too young. How can that happen? He had a daughter in 1994...he sure didn't see this coming. It's not fucking fair. 49? How is that fair? God sucks.

Re:Secret writings ? (3)

mat catastrophe (105256) | more than 13 years ago | (#228133)

I think there is no HHG6. Adams wrote Mostly Harmless with a pretty solid ending. Everyone dies back on Earth. I remember (although my memory is prone to odd lapses) that he said that he finished MH that way because he was quite sick of people wanting him to continue the storyline.

At any rate, this is a rotten way to start the day. I suppose I'll have to dig out that leather bound edition of the first four novels and thumb through it for awhile....

Re:Secret writings ? (1)

ralmeida (106461) | more than 13 years ago | (#228135)

Spoil warning!

"I think there is no HHG6. Adams wrote Mostly Harmless with a pretty solid ending. <Ending withdrawn>"

Hey!!! Not everyone here has read all his books! I've just finished "So Long..." and "Mostly Harmless" was my next book!!!

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One minute of silence... (5)

ralmeida (106461) | more than 13 years ago | (#228136)







(I've just finished reading "So long, and thanks for all the fish" yesterday. I feel really sad.)

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totally shocked (1)

Liedra (109120) | more than 13 years ago | (#228140)

I am totally shocked by this news. I have read and loved Douglas Adams' novels since I was young... I know that people will be inspired and will love his novels for years to come; he has made a definite mark on this world in a way that many will attempt to emulate, but none will ever be as witty, scathing and fascinating as the original.

My thoughts are with his family and friends.

So long, and thanks... (5)

sleeplesseye (113792) | more than 13 years ago | (#228146)

Although generally known for creating humorous books about satire, science fiction, and the ludicrous nature of the human condition, there was a lot more to Adams that is worth mentioning... He was a skilled social satirist and a very forward-thinking writer, advancing the concepts of what writers could do.

He helped create the first "hit" computer game based on a novel [douglasadams.com] , helped ignite the whole "books on tape" trend, brought his stories to radio and television, helped create the rich, computerized environment of "Starship Titanic" and the concept of a "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"--a massive collection of obscure hyperlinked information (before the www existed) displayed on a small handheld computer (before PDAs existed). He also created the idea of the babel fish [altavista.com] --a universal translator, essentially. Just by writing a good yarn, he helped spur change in the world around him that has benefited all of us. We all owe a lot to the guy and to the kind of changes that one "good read" can bring. Thanks, Doug.

Why 42? (2)

wunderhorn1 (114559) | more than 13 years ago | (#228148)

"Don't Panic" is what was written on the cover of the actual Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (in large, friendly letters).

It is unrelated to the ultimate answer to life, the universe, and everything, which was determined thousands of years ago by the largest computer ever built at that time to be "42". Since that didn't make any sense, a much bigger computer had to be built to determine what the *question* really was. The bigger computer was The Earth.

So the characters become stranded on earth in prehistoric times, by having a caveman pull scrabble letters from a bag they determine that the question is "What is Five by Nine?"

Yes.

And that is why the Earth is such a fundamentally messed-up place. That and the fact that we are all descended not from cavemen, but from a group of telephone sanitizers who were banished from their planet and colonized Earth.


You really, really ought to read the books. It's definitely been highly influencial to many famous computer science people. Plus, they're funny.

He did some interesting work lately too. (1)

oyving (115582) | more than 13 years ago | (#228156)

Last time I saw him was on the talk show Hardtalk on BBC World. Then he told us that he was working for a company in California with implementing a multi-user wireless vacation guide. Putting it shortly, he was working on implementing the Hitch hikers guide.

A Hoopy Frood, who really knew where is towel was. (1)

jrq (119773) | more than 13 years ago | (#228160)

Thanks Douglas, for everything, especially the story about the planet of green retractables.

Towels (1)

prestwich (123353) | more than 13 years ago | (#228163)

Well hell this is depressing. I hope he now knows where his towel is. So long, and thanks for all the books. (P.S. You can buy the original HHGttG radio series from the BBC on CD)

Unfairness (2)

YIAAL (129110) | more than 13 years ago | (#228170)

Douglas Adams is dead. But Jack Valenti goes on and on and on...

Man, another great author dead... (1)

nivfreak (131107) | more than 13 years ago | (#228175)

Anyone know what this does for the digital village?

Re:49, not 42? (1)

nivfreak (131107) | more than 13 years ago | (#228176)

Has anyone else noticed that they go on about 6 x 9 at one point, and not 6 x 7? So the real answer to the ultimate questions is 54 ;)

Re:Why 42? (5)

ArsSineArtificio (150115) | more than 13 years ago | (#228200)

Pardon a quibble here, but according to my copy of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the Ultimate Question is actually "What do you get if you multiply six by nine".

It is made pretty clear in context (and from later books) that this is the WRONG question. Arthur is descended from the Golgofrinchams, not from the original caveman inhabitants of Earth (who were the ones actually determining the Question), so he doesn't have the correct Question. The Earth program was irrevocably screwed up when the Golg. colonized Earth, more or less wiping out the cavemen.

When I was in high school, a friend of mine who was very smart (and had much too much time on his hands) figured out that six times nine does equal 42 -- provided you do it in base 13.

Douglas Adams himself once actually said in relation to this matter: "Nobody writes jokes in base 13."

ASA


------------------------------------------------ -- -----------------

Such a shame (2)

Saint Aardvark (159009) | more than 13 years ago | (#228208)

I just want to say that this is sad, sad news. Thanks for everything, Mr. Adams.

Maybe he finally knows The Question now.... (1)

Wurm42 (163620) | more than 13 years ago | (#228213)

There's another, more complete obituary from the AP at:
http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010512/ts/obit_a dams.html

I picture Mr. Adams sitting now in some metaphysical version of Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, sipping Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters with Zaphod Beeblebrox and Arthur Dent.

I hope that Mr. Adams, in whatever state of existence he now occupies, has found the Question to which the answer is 42.

Died young (4)

electricmonk (169355) | more than 13 years ago | (#228218)

I don't care what everyone else says, he died young at the age of 49. I remember first reading the HGTTG as a school assignment over the summer. After that, I quickly went out and bought all the rest of the books in the series, enjoying them intensely. After I finished those up, I went out and bought his two other books, Dirk Gently's Holistic Dectective Agency, from which I get my Slashdot UID, and The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul. I suppose this is Mr. Adams' long, dark teatime of the soul.

He will be sorely missed.


--

Ave Atque Vale (1)

muldrake (171275) | more than 13 years ago | (#228219)

Read all the Hitchhiker's books till the covers fell off, as well as the rest, even had the radio series on vinyl.

This depresses the fuck out of me.

I could think of so many other people I'd prefer to have died.

The Late Douglas Adams (5)

stup (180061) | more than 13 years ago | (#228229)

Knowing Adam's inability to meet deadlines (if you'll pardon the word), it seems such an irony that he finally did something early. For those attending his funeral, be prepared for a long wait, as he is expected to be late.

So long, and Thanks.
StuP
"The thing I love most about deadlines is the wonderful WHOOSHing sound they make as they go past" - DNA

..but.. (2)

SubtleNuance (184325) | more than 13 years ago | (#228235)

Douglas Adamas is dead? DONT PANIC!

A great obituary (2)

bricriu (184334) | more than 13 years ago | (#228236)

the NYTimes has a nice piece on him here [nytimes.com] (free reg blah blah)

Damn.... I was having such a nice morning, too, until I read that. I've never read a series more consistantly funny than HHGTG, or a more convoluted one than Dirk Gently. And I guess this means no resolution to the loose ends from "Young Zaphod Plays It Safe" and no movie. *sigh*

Re:Why 42? (1)

Sakke (186027) | more than 13 years ago | (#228239)

well the correct answer is that it's not "42" but "forty-two". yes, they are almost similar. but not exactly. to understand why the answer is "forty-two", we need another earth-sized computer.

So long... (5)

davejhiggins (188370) | more than 13 years ago | (#228242)

...and thanks for all the books.

Dave

And the sensitivity award goes to... (1)

RatFink100 (189508) | more than 13 years ago | (#228243)

... not you

Re:Disney has rights to make the FILM! (1)

RatFink100 (189508) | more than 13 years ago | (#228244)

I've been hearing rumours about a movie at least since 1980 - maybe earlier.

I'm sure one day someone will have a crack at it - I just hope it's someone good. Tim Burton springs to mind.

Re:so-called humor (2)

RatFink100 (189508) | more than 13 years ago | (#228245)

There's 60-70 million of us and we don't all have the same sense of humour. So British Humour is a meaningless term.

My favourite joke (4)

RatFink100 (189508) | more than 13 years ago | (#228248)

To this day I still use this one -

Me: It's at times like this I wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young.

Unsuspecting victim: Why what did she say?

Me: I don't know I wasn't listening!

Maybe I'm just an old geek but it still make me laugh every time.

Thanks Douglas for my favourite joke.

Simultaneity (1)

Hewligan (202585) | more than 13 years ago | (#228260)

It's nearly one o'clock on a saturday night here (or maybe a sunday morning, depending on your point of view).

The moment I saw this story, I went to send out an email to a bunch of friends. When I hit the send/recieve button, I got a bunh of emails telling me Douglas Adams was dead.

I guess I know what I'll be reading on the train next week...

Farewell Mr Douglas (5)

A_Mythago (204246) | more than 13 years ago | (#228262)

As a tribute, we should all fly our towels at half mast today...

On a more serious note, I will never forget the day I walked into the school library to see the new paperbacks that arrived and the strange book that was sitting near the front of the stack.

At first, I was not sure what to make of it, the title seemed to imply Science Fiction, but the cover, with a strange impish green face sticking its tongue out and cartoonish artwork seemed to imply humor. Still, something about it appealed to me, so I went to a secluded corner to check it out.

What I had not counted on was the addictive nature of this book. It seemed silly and pointless, but I could not put it down. After I read that last line "Okay, baby, hold tight," said Zaphod. "We'll take in a quick bite at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe", I could only think of two things. First, where (or when) would the next book be available, and how could I explain having missed the last three periods of school!

That book, was of course the Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy, and that paperback was later bought by me at a school library sale. It has been with me for over a decade, traveled to 24 countries on 4 continents, and although dog-eared and tattered, remains a treasured part of my collection.

Thank you Mr Douglas, for making fun of our flaws and obsessions, and helping us to laugh at ourselves. From Arthur to Zaphod, and everyone in-between, you have made, at least for me, life a richer experience. You will be missed.

I think I shall honor Mr Douglas in the fashion he would have liked best, by sitting back, curling up with the Guide, and letting his magic touch me again.

*sigh* (2)

Technodummy (204943) | more than 13 years ago | (#228264)

It's hard enough without Asimov...

interesting... (1)

Mik!tAAt (217976) | more than 13 years ago | (#228276)

...that Douglas Adams' official website [douglasadams.com] doesn't have a word on his death. IMHO it quite well demonstrates the problem with 90% of all websites, they don't keep them up-to-date. Altough sad incident, the webmasters should realize that this kind of event will automatically create a busy day for the author's official website, and if the website is out-of-date, it kind of destroys any kind of credibility. But on the topic itself, sad. just sad.

Re:My favourite joke (1)

HyperbolicParabaloid (220184) | more than 13 years ago | (#228279)

I can still remember falling on the floor laughing (literally sliding out of my chair because I was laughing so hard) when I read, in one of the hitch hiker books, about how Zaphod, quite drunk, walked across the hotel lobby :
(paraphrase)
Though it was completely empty, Zaphod weaved his way through the room.

I completely lost it lost it.


-------------------------

Favorite Line (5)

cboscari (220346) | more than 13 years ago | (#228280)

"Hovered in the air the way bricks don't".

Re:42 (1)

michaelo (224201) | more than 13 years ago | (#228282)

This kind of jokes, which arent funny, are funny.. uhh.. i think this is just Adams, these jokes. Just a bit stupid, and that makes them funny. Of course, this kind of humour may not be understandable for everyone. But many people like it.
Platy

42 (1)

datajosh (225740) | more than 13 years ago | (#228284)

It's sad to see him go. I was just introduced to the Hitchhiker's series last year and enjoy the books very much. I'm sure he will be missed by many.

Re:so-called humor (1)

Hallowed (229057) | more than 13 years ago | (#228288)

shame that we all can't be easily entertained by something brainless............ the best thing about british comedy is sitting there a while later, mind wandering, and getting something that blew right past you earlier.....takes a few brain cells at times....

What terrible news... (1)

Fnord Prefect (236015) | more than 13 years ago | (#228302)

Farwell, Mr. Adams.

Re:awful. just awful. (1)

MaxQuordlepleen (236397) | more than 13 years ago | (#228303)

. 49? That's too young. How can that happen? He had a daughter in 1994...he sure didn't see this coming. It's not fucking fair. 49? How is that fair? God sucks. Yeah, thinking about his daughter really punches you in the chest doesn't it? Those of us with kids can appreciate how much worse it is to not be there for your kids than to simply be dead. Jesus, she's only seven years old.

Sad news (4)

MaxQuordlepleen (236397) | more than 13 years ago | (#228304)

If you measure a person's value by the happiness they bring to others then we are an immensely poorer world today.

I remember reading the Hitchiker's Guide as a teenager, after watching the BBC series. I was absolutely blown away. What's more amazing is that no matter how many times I re-read those books or how old I get, I am still as amazed with them.

To me, HHGTTG represents the best of satire; it pokes fun at human foibles and failings without ever losing an underlying feeling of good humour. A difficult balancing act.

Oh, yeah. So Long, and thanks for the nick and the .sig, Mr. Adams...

another good Adams book (1)

waterbiscuit (241198) | more than 13 years ago | (#228306)

I'm always fond of the pure ridiculous nature of the Hitchhiker's books, which I first read when I was ten and found laugh-out-loud funny even though I didn't understand half of the jokes. Recently I came across his book "Last Chance to See" which I found both fascinating and typically humourous. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Adams but only previously read the Hitchhikers.

Disney has rights to make the FILM! (1)

Shivetya (243324) | more than 13 years ago | (#228308)

According to the CNN story about his death the rights to make a film using the story is owned by Disney. It even hints that it is still in production.

http://www.cnn.com/2001/SHOWBIZ/books/05/12/adam s. death/index.html

My hat's off to him - one of the greats. (2)

tulare (244053) | more than 13 years ago | (#228310)

I was just learning about h2g2, too. His warm yet wry humor will be with us for generations to come. On the event that members of his family should read this, I offer you my condolences.

sad (3)

H310iSe (249662) | more than 13 years ago | (#228318)

I feel so ... old and fragile. Jesus, I mean, I'm kind of speechless. I remember finding his books again, in a used book store, an anthology of the first 4, just a few years ago. During rough times, you know, the usual, hopeless, alone, stuck to the bed like a sheet of plexiglass is pressed on top of me, I've reached over and found that big green book. I can't say he saved my life, but he certainly made my life better. I put him in with Pynchon and Faulkner, Duras and Nietzsche - people who have deeply influenced me, again and again. *sigh*

My phone says Don't Panic when I open it. I guess I feel like Ford...

"When you're cruising down the road in the fast lane and you lazily sail past a few hard-driving cars and are feeling pretty pleased with yourself and then accidentally change down from fourth to first instead of third thus making your engine leap out of your hood in a rather ugly mess, it tends to throw you off your stride in much the same way this remark threw Ford Prefect off his."

We'll miss you (1)

Grayswan (260299) | more than 13 years ago | (#228330)

I don't know where you're going now Mr. Adams, but Don't Panic! Be sure to take your towel and have a Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster on me.

Grayswan,
Life is what I do between cigarettes. - Mark Twain

Re:49, not 42? (1)

tantrum (261762) | more than 13 years ago | (#228331)

that one is simple.
6x9 = 42 base 13 +2
== 54

Re:so-called humor (1)

antek9 (305362) | more than 13 years ago | (#228341)

You not getting something doesn't qualify it as a contradiction in terms, I'd say, but you're right about the cuisine of course, larks' tongues in aspic and all, blerghh, although that would make a fine song title, no wait...

Re:interesting... (1)

antek9 (305362) | more than 13 years ago | (#228342)

I guess they are as shocked as most of us are, and are utterly speechless resp. still trying to find words. But a busy day for the site, you're right, it appears slashdotted already.

Re:You wasted post #42 for THAT? (2)

antek9 (305362) | more than 13 years ago | (#228343)

LOL, just realized, and yes, glad to have wasted it for that.

Re:Respects (5)

antek9 (305362) | more than 13 years ago | (#228344)

Why mod this down as OT, moderator, show some respect yourself! This is a sad loss, not because of further books that remain unwritten now (and I think he buried the trilogy with part five already, can anyone confirm?), but because he was a great entertainer, plus he well deserved to enjoy the global appreciation of his work a little longer...

But somehow dying of a heart attack seems an appropriate finale to me, just don't ask me why.

So long Douglas.... (1)

Derang() (318404) | more than 13 years ago | (#228359)

Thanks for the laughs and the wonderfull books. Never will there be someone who replaces you in our hearts. My best wishes to the family.

Noooo (2)

peterprior (319967) | more than 13 years ago | (#228363)

Quote "I love deadlines... I love the wooshing noise they make as they go by..."

Goodbye Doug, you will be sorely missed :|

Re:42 (1)

Yorrike (322502) | more than 13 years ago | (#228371)

If you never read the books, how can you say the 42 joke isn't funny?
"I don't know what it is, but I don't like it"

Please.......

----------------------------------------

I guess no one can tell me... (1)

jdschmid (398680) | more than 13 years ago | (#228374)

...what that "Don't panic, the answer is 42"-stuff means?
please?

cya
jds

Expiration date? (2)

jonathanjo (415010) | more than 13 years ago | (#228380)

This tragic news is following fresh from the death of Joey Ramone, who also died at 49 and whose creative work also helped to transform the world in the mid-to-late seventies. It's as though these 2 guys (w/ practically nothing else in common) were part of a cohort of test subjects born in 1952, reaching their brilliance in their late 20s, and dying at 49.

It's reminiscent of all the rock stars who have died at 27: Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain.

hmm (2)

Ling Ling (442893) | more than 13 years ago | (#228393)

sounds like he'll be hitchhiking across a whole new universe now...


You finding Ling-Ling's head?
Someone come into yard, kill dog.

Re:another good Adams book (1)

Wen the NewUser (451464) | more than 13 years ago | (#228404)

It is indeed another excellent book by DA

"Could we perhaps take a snake bite detector with us to Komodo?"

"Course you can, course you can. Take as many as you like. Won't do you a blind bit of good because they're only for Australian snakes."

"So what do we do if we get bitten by something deadly, then?"

He blinked at me as if I was stupid. "Well what do you think you do?" he said. "You die of course. That's what deadly means."

- DNA failing to spot the obvious

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