Adams, Douglas:


Douglas Adams was known as an advocate for environmentalism and conservation, as a lover of fast cars, cameras, technological innovation and the Apple Macintosh, and as a "devout atheist”. Adams died of a heart attack on 11 May 2001, aged 49. A memorial service was held on 17 September 2001 at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, Trafalgar Square, London. This became the first church service broadcast live on the web by the BBC.

The Minor Planet Centre space agency named an asteroid 18610 Arthurdent, coincidentally announcing its plan two days before Adams died. There is also an asteroid named after Adams himself.

A sixth Hitchhiker novel, 'And Another Thing…,' by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer, was released on 12 October 2009 (the 30th anniversary of the first book), published with the full support of Adams's estate. 

On 11 March 2013, Adams's 61st birthday was celebrated with an interactive Google Doodle.

'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' was a concept for a science-fiction comedy radio series pitched by Douglas Adams and radio producer Simon Brett to BBC Radio 4 in 1977. Adams came up with an outline for a pilot episode, as well as a few other stories that could potentially be used in the series.

According to Adams, the idea for the title occurred to him while he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, gazing at the stars. He was carrying a copy of the 'Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe', and it occurred to him that "somebody ought to write a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". He later said that the constant repetition of this anecdote had obliterated his memory of the actual event. It is something that Innsbruck now celebrate ‘Towel Day’ on the 25 May annually since his death in 2001.

While working on the radio series (and with simultaneous projects such as The Pirate Planet) Adams developed problems keeping to writing deadlines that only got worse as he published novels. 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." Despite the difficulty with deadlines, Adams wrote five novels in the series, published in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, and 1992.     


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Douglas Adams - Dirk Gently Omnibus - 1st/HB

Dirk Gently is a detective - well, a sort of detective. There is a long and honourable tradition of great detectives and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Dirk Gently, however, does not like to eliminate the impossible.

In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency a simple search for a missing cat reveals two ghosts, a dodo, an Electric Monk, the devastating secret that lies behind the whole of human history and threatens to bring it to a premature close, and, finally, the utterly terrifying reason why Richard MacDuff has had a sofa stuck on his stairs for three weeks. 

As The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul opens a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shoots up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame. The usual people try to claim responsibility. However, no rational cause can be found for the explosion - it was simply designated an act of God. But, thinks Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?

EDITION: First edition, first print. 2001

PUBLISHER: Heinemann

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, with like dust jacket in removable mylar wrap.




Douglas Adams - Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency - 1st/HB

Dirk Gently is a detective - well, a sort of detective. There is a long and honourable tradition of great detectives and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Dirk Gently, however, does not like to eliminate the impossible.

In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency a simple search for a missing cat reveals two ghosts, a dodo, an Electric Monk, the devastating secret that lies behind the whole of human history and threatens to bring it to a premature close, and, finally, the utterly terrifying reason why Richard MacDuff has had a sofa stuck on his stairs for three weeks. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1987

PUBLISHER: Heinemann

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges and toning, clean text block. The dust jacket is good in removable mylar wrap

Douglas Adams - The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - 1st US/HB

Dirk Gently is a detective - well, a sort of detective. There is a long and honourable tradition of great detectives and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Dirk Gently, however, does not like to eliminate the impossible.

As The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul opens a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shoots up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame. The usual people try to claim responsibility. However, no rational cause can be found for the explosion - it was simply designated an act of God. But, thinks Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1988

PUBLISHER:  Heinemann

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, with some age spotting to page edges, clean text blocks. 

The dust jacket is very good in removable mylar cover

Douglas Adams - The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul - 1st US/HB

Dirk Gently is a detective - well, a sort of detective. There is a long and honourable tradition of great detectives and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Dirk Gently, however, does not like to eliminate the impossible.

As The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul opens a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shoots up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame. The usual people try to claim responsibility. However, no rational cause can be found for the explosion - it was simply designated an act of God. But, thinks Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1988

PUBLISHER: Simon and Schuster

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, with some age spotting to page edges, clean text blocks. 

The dust jacket is very good in removable mylar cover

Douglas Adams - Last Chance To See... - 1st/HB 

Some years ago Douglas Adams wrote The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the  Galaxy, a story about the world being unexpectedly demolished by hideous creatures from another planet. It was meant as a joke… Now, animal by animal, tree by tree, the world is being demolished around us [but] not by Vogons on other planets. Douglas decided it was time to think about the absurdities of life on Earth, and what we are doing to it. He teams up with zoologist and photographer Mark Carwardine, and together they set off around the world ….. in search of [some] of the rarest and most endangered animals on Earth. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1990

PUBLISHER: Heinemann

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges and toning, clean text blocks. The dust jacket is good in removable mylar wrap

Douglas Adams - The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide -HB  

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.., 

...but it was followed, in 1979, by something rather smaller but infinitely more useful and far easier to read - "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", the story of Arthur Dent, local radio executive, dressing-gown wearer and interplanetary refugee.

Originally released as a BBC Radio series, it quickly found its way to print and was followed over the period of thirty-odd years by five follow-up books, a TV series and a film. In that time the story arc gained a huge fan-base and brought its author, Douglas Adams, a degree of immortality achieved only by the lesser gods.

This edition gathers together the first five books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984), Mostly Harmless (1992) under one cover. Additionally it has the short story ' Young Zaphod Plays it Safe'

EDITION: First edition, later print. 1996

PUBLISHER: Wings Books

 BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges. clean text block. The dust jacket is very good.

Douglas Adams - The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide -HB  

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.., 

...but it was followed, in 1979, by something rather smaller but infinitely more useful and far easier to read - "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", the story of Arthur Dent, local radio executive, dressing-gown wearer and interplanetary refugee.

Originally released as a BBC Radio series, it quickly found its way to print and was followed over the period of thirty-odd years by five follow-up books, a TV series and a film. In that time the story arc gained a huge fan-base and brought its author, Douglas Adams, a degree of immortality achieved only by the lesser gods.

This edition gathers together the first four books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) under one cover. Additionally it has the short story ' Young Zaphod Plays it Safe'

EDITION: First edition, later print. 1989

PUBLISHER: Wings Books

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges. clean text block. 

Douglas Adams - The Complete Hitch Hiker's Guide -HB

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.., 

...but it was followed, in 1979, by something rather smaller but infinitely more useful and far easier to read - "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", the story of Arthur Dent, local radio executive, dressing-gown wearer and interplanetary refugee.

Originally released as a BBC Radio series, it quickly found its way to print and was followed over the period of thirty-odd years by five follow-up books, a TV series and a film. In that time the story arc gained a huge fan-base and brought its author, Douglas Adams, a degree of immortality achieved only by the lesser gods.

This edition gathers together the first five books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) and Mostly Harmless (1992) under one cover.

EDITION: First edition, third print. 1996

PUBLISHER: Heinemann

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, with some age spotting to page edges. clean text block. The dust jacket is very good.

Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless - 1st/HB  

After a gap of eight long years, Douglas Adams returned to the froody adventures of Ford Prefect and the perpetually bewildered Arthur Dent, for one final spin round space, time, and every probable and improbable universe out there. And this time, it's a tough one, folks. It has been said that Adams never wanted to write this book, that he was simply caving in to pressure from fans, and that in fact this book threw Adams into a black mood that lasted until his untimely death. If all those things are true, it's surprising that as much of this book is as funny as it is. In the end, though, the joke's on us. Adams gives his series a bleak if not altogether nihilistic ending that leaves you scratching your head and wondering what the point was. Okay, so we get to find out what the number 42 signifies, but you do come away from this story with the uncomfortable feeling that Adams has just flipped the bird at you, smiling all the while. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1992

PUBLISHER: Heinemann

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in good condition, age spotting to page edges, clean text blocks. The dust jacket is good in removable mylar wrap

Douglas Adams - So Long and Thanks for all the Fish - 1st/HB

Just when Arthur Dent's sense of reality is at its most clouded, he suddenly finds the girl of his dreams. He finds her in the last place in the Universe in which he would expect to find anything at all, but which 3,976,000,000 people will find oddly familiar. They go in search of God's Final Message to His Creation and, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 1984

PUBLISHER: Pan

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, with some age spotting to page edges and toning, clean text blocks. The dust jacket is good in removable mylar wrap

Douglas Adams - Salmon of Doubt- HB 

On Friday, May 11, 2001, the world mourned the untimely passing of Douglas Adams, beloved creator of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, dead of a heart attack at age forty-nine. Thankfully, in addition to a magnificent literary legacy which includes seven novels and three co-authored works of nonfiction, Douglas left us something more. The book you are about to enjoy was rescued from his four computers, culled from an archive of chapters from his long-awaited novel-in-progress, as well as his short stories, speeches, articles, interviews, and letters.

In a way that none of his previous books could, The Salmon of Doubt provides the full, dazzling, laugh-out-loud experience of a journey through the galaxy as perceived by Douglas Adams. From a boy's first love letter (to his favorite science fiction magazine) to the distinction of possessing a nose of heroic proportions; from climbing Kilimanjaro in a rhino costume to explaining why Americans can't make a decent cup of tea; from lyrical tributes to the sublime pleasures found in music by Procol Harum, the Beatles, and Bach to the follies of his hopeless infatuation with technology; from fantastic, fictional forays into the private life of Genghis Khan to extended visits with Dirk Gently and Zaphod Beeblebrox: this is the vista from the elevated perch of one of the tallest, funniest, most brilliant, and most penetrating social critics and thinkers of our time. 

EDITION: First edition, second print. 2002

PUBLISHER: Macmillan

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition, clean text blocks. The dust jacket is very good in removable mylar wrap

Eoin Colfer - And Another Thing - 1st/HB 

Arthur Dent's accidental association with that wholly remarkable book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has not been entirely without incident.

Arthur has traveled the length, breadth, and depth of known, and unknown, space. He has stumbled forward and backward through time. He has been blown up, reassembled, cruelly imprisoned, horribly released, and colorfully insulted more than is strictly necessary. And of course Arthur Dent has comprehensively failed to grasp the meaning of life, the universe, and everything.

Arthur has finally made it home to Earth, but that does not mean he has escaped his fate.Arthur's chances of getting his hands on a decent cuppa have evaporated rapidly, along with all the world's oceans. For no sooner has he touched down on the planet Earth than he finds out that it is about to be blown up…again.

And Another Thing...is the rather unexpected, but very welcome, sixth installment of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series. It features a pantheon of unemployed gods, everyone's favorite renegade Galactic President, a lovestruck green alien, an irritating computer, and at least one very large slab of cheese. 

EDITION: First edition, first print. 2009

PUBLISHER: Penguin

BINDING: Hardcover with Dust Jacket

CONDITION: The book is in very good condition. The dust jacket is in very good in removable mylar wrap

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