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A bit off the usual topics, but I expect there are more than a few fans of
Douglas Adams here.  Others please ignore.



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Douglas Adams, author of the satirical SF novel The Hitchhiker's Guide to
the Galaxy and its sequels, died unexpectedly May 11 of an apparent heart
attack in Santa Barbara, Calif., the Associated Press reported. He was 49.
British-born Adams reportedly collapsed while working out at a gym.

The Hitchhiker's Guide, which began as a BBC radio series in 1978, was
turned into a book, which sold 14 million copies worldwide, and later into a
television series, the AP reported. Guide is a satirical adventure about a
group of interplanetary travelers, including Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect,
Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin the Paranoid Android.

Guide was followed by the sequels The Restaurant at the End of the Universe;
Life, the Universe and Everything; and So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.
Adams followed with several books about holistic detective Dirk Gently; Last
Chance to See, a book about endangered species; and, with John Lloyd, the
alternative dictionary The Meaning of Life, the AP reported. Adams also
produced the Starship Titanic computer game and an online travel guide
inspired by Guide. In recent years, Adams was working on bringing Guide to
the big screen.

Adams had lived in Santa Barbara since 1996. He is survived by his wife,
Jane Belson; a 6-year-old daughter, Polly; and his mother, Jan Thrift.
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Now he knows the question!

Alan
WA4SCA


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