Thursday, August 25, 2005

Ode To Adams



Douglas Adams, the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (a trilogy in five parts)" and so many other marvels of british humor, has passed from the realm of the mortals, and into the realm of legend. His books did not change the world, but they changed the hearts of everyone who read them. I saw the movie a little while ago, and I thought it was all right. Very recently I read the first book in the "trilogy", and it blew my mind. . .

Douglas Noel Adams was born in Cambridge on March 11, 1952. As a child he was rather ordinary, besides being the only child he knows of to have walked stright into a lamppost with their eyes wide open.

He studied at Brentwood School and later at St. Johns College, where he earned a Masters in English Literature. Soon he moved on to radio, where he acheived many small things, including collaborating with Graham Chapman on a Radio 4 christmas pantomine. He was also a script editor of the television show "Doctor Who."

While working on that, "The Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy" was released on Radio 4. It was later adapted into the books, a video game, and several stage adaptations.

He also wrote a few scripts of the movie, but it never seemed to be quite right, so eventually he gave it up and went on to greater things. Then he died. On Friday May 11, 2001, he suffered a heart attack. He was 49.

But it doesn't end there. Ironicly, Adamsd's death triggered the success of the thing that had frustrated him most. The movie soon went into production.

Like I said earlier, I didn't especially care for the movie, but then hey, Adam's didn't make it. But within the movie I can see bits of the original script, and inside them I can behold Adam's true brilliance.

That is my short tribute to Douglas Adams. Thank you, Douglas, for giving me and many others a moment of insight into the way the world really works, thanks for giving us the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. . . oh. . . and thanks for all the fish.

2 Comments:

Blogger seth gasped, still in awe of the posts pure goodness...

Actually, Adams did write much of the script.

6:04 PM  
Blogger Aeger gasped, still in awe of the posts pure goodness...

He wrote the original script. Then a man named Karey was hired to rewrite it. There are 90 pages of information about this in the back of the rereleased first volume.

6:33 PM  

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