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Douglas Noel Adams

Douglas Adams

Douglas Noel Adams was born in the year 1952 also known as Bop Ad or Bob or by his initials DNA (Watson and Crick's famous discovery was announced in Cambridge, nine months after Douglas Adams was born there). Adams was a British comic radio dramatist and author, most notably of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ; at the time of his death, this book series had sold more than fifteen million copies.

Adams was never a prolific writer and usually had to be forced by others to do any writing. This included being locked in a hotel suite with his editor for three weeks to ensure that So Long, and Thanks For All the Fish was completed. He was quoted as saying, "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by."

The books formed the basis for other adaptations, such as three-part comic book adaptations for each of the first three books, an interactive text-adventure computer game, and a photo illustrated edition, published in 1994. This latter edition featured a 42 puzzle designed by Adams, which was later incorporated into paperback covers of all five "Hitchhiker's" novels.