Author(s): Douglas AdamsDownload
Douglas Adams changed the face of science fiction with his cosmically comic novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its classic sequels. Sadly for his countless admirers, he hitched his own ride to the great beyond much too soon. Culled posthumously from Adams’s fleet of beloved Macintosh computers, this selection of essays, articles, anecdotes, and stories offers a fascinating and intimate portrait of the multifaceted artist and absurdist wordsmith.Join Adams on an excursion to climb Kilimanjaro…dressed in a rhino costume; peek into the private life of Genghis Khan—warrior and world-class neurotic; root for the harried author’s efforts to get a Hitchhiker movie off the ground in Hollywood; thrill to the further exploits of private eye Dirk Gently and two-headed alien Zaphod Beeblebrox. Though Douglas Adams is gone, he’s left us something very special to remember him by. Without a doubt.
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I waited sixteen-and-a-half years to read this and I just about managed to get through it without bawling my eyes out. Douglas Adams was the first author to make me laugh uproariously, back when I was a wee nipper. Sure, Roald Dahl had given me a few chuckles, but it wasn’t until I read Hitchhikers for the first time that I realised a book could make me laugh so much I nearly wet myself.
As such, this was a bittersweet experience. Reading Adams’ unpublished work, including several chapters of a new but never to be finished Dirk Gently novel, gave a new definition to laughing through one’s tears. I’m glad I read it but it’s going to take a while to recover. It’s a good job I had my towel…
What a delight to revisit the mind of Douglas Adams. I like that this is a collection of emails, speeches, one-liners, and rants. Yes, there’s the start of a novel in there, that he may or may not have intended to call the Salmon of Doubt.
The result is so much better than it sounds like it’s going to be: Douglas Adams died, but his buddy knew his password and emptied his Mac onto a CD, the various unfinished writings were lightly edited and printed as this.
But gosh, am I ever glad that they did, because there’s some exceptional writing in here, hilARious, as he always was, and glitteringly insightful. His projections on the future of technology, from the 90’s, are pretty brilliant, and the piece de resistance is the speech to Cambridge on the purpose of God.
If you love Douglas Adams this book is an absolute must read. It’s got some great incite into the man who could make a pot of petunias think to itself, ‘Not again.’ A large part of my enjoyment was finding out about Adams as a person, and in turn finding out that I’ve got some stuff in common with him. I mean sure I haven’t ridden a stingray like he has or written the funniest books of all time and granted I’m not British, BUT we do make our tea the same way, we’re both have the same religious beliefs in our complete lack of having them (did you know atheists have conventions? I didn’t), and, well I can’t think of another one right now, but we’re like peas in a pod. Trust me.
Plus he recommends some great authors and tells some hysterical true stories.
Damn it, I miss him. As much as you can miss someone you never met anyway, which believe me is a LOT.
This is a delightful and maddening book. This collection of essays, columns, speech transcripts and random musings was culled from Adams’ computers after his tragic death at the age of 49. The collection offers new insight into one of the world’s most gifted humorists, and there is both pleasure and education to be had in reading his thoughts on such diverse topics as music, atheism, evolutionary biology, conservation and computers.
The last section of the book contains the beginning of an unfinished Dirk Gently novel tentatively titled The Salmon of Doubt. Though Adams was an avowed atheist, the frustration I felt at having this tale end so abruptly was enough to make me wish he’s wrong about the afterlife and hope some trance channel will track him down in the ethers so we can all find out just who was sending Mr. Gently those wire transfers and what, exactly, the rhinoceros was doing on the highway to Santa Fe.
So far I’ve only read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy but I do intend to read the other four books of the trilogy. Then, when I was scanning through articles and stories by and about DNA (= Douglas Noel Adams), I came across this collection of essays, interviews, speeches and the partly written “The Salmon of Doubt”. I think it’s a great idea that those remaining snippets on DNA’s computer have been put together as a sort of memoire.
I have laughed so hard my stomach still hurts and it was a real joy! So get your towels ready … 3 … 2 … 1 – 42! ;-D
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