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[[ Read E-pub ]] ì Ultimate Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy õ What Was He Like,Douglas Adams He was tall, very tall He had an air of cheerful diffidence Hecombined a razor sharp intellect and understanding of whathe was doing with the puzzled look of someone who hadbacked into a profession that surprised him in a world thatperplexed him And he gave the impression that, all in all, he was ratherenjoying itHe was a genius, of course Its a word that gets tossed around a lotthese days, and its used to mean pretty much anything But Douglas wasa genius, because he saw the world differently, andimportantly, hecould communicate the world he saw Also, once youd seen it his wayyou could never go backDouglas Noel Adams was born inin Cambridge, England shortlybefore the announcement of an eveninfluential DNA, deoxyribonucleicacid He was a self described strange child who did not learnto speak until he was four He wanted to be a nuclear physicist I nevermade it because my arithmetic was so bad , then went to Cambridge tostudy English, with ambitions that involved becoming part of the traditionof British writer performers of which the members of Monty PythonsFlying Circus are the best known exampleWhen he was eighteen, drunk in a field in Innsbruck, hitchhiking acrossEurope, he looked up at the sky filled with stars and thought, Somebodyought to write the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Then he went tosleep and almost, but not quite, forgot all about itHe left Cambridge inand went to London where his many writ ingand performing projects tended, in the main, not to happen Heworked with former Python Graham Chapman writing scripts and sketchesfor abortive projects among them a show for Ringo Starr which containedthe germ of Starship Titanic and with writer producer John Lloyd they pitched a series called Snow Seven and the White Dwarfs, a comedyabout two astronomers in an observatory on Mt EverestThe ideafor that was minimum casting, minimum set, and wed just try to sell theseries on cheapnessHe liked science fiction, although he was never a fan He supportedhimself through this period with a variety of odd jobs he was, for example,a hired bodyguard for an oil rich Arabian family, a job that entailedwearing a suit and sitting in hotel corridors through the night listening tothe ding of passing elevatorsInBBC radio producer and well known mystery author SimonBrett commissioned him to write a science fiction comedy for BBC RadioFour Douglas originally imagined a series of six half hour comediescalled The Ends of the Earthfunny stories which at the end of each, theworld would end In the first episode, for example, the Earth would bedestroyed to make way for a cosmic freewayBut, Douglas soon realized, if you are going to destroy the Earth, youneed someone to whom it matters Someone like a reporter for, yes, the Hitchchikers Guide to the Galaxy And someone elsea man who wascalled Alaric B in Douglass original proposal At the last moment Douglascrossed out Alaric B and wrote above it Arthur Dent A normal namefor a normal manFor those people listening to BBC Radiointhe show came as arevelation It was funnygenuinely witty, surreal, and smart The serieswas produced by Geoffrey Perkins, and the last two episodes of the firstseries were co written with John Lloyd I was a kid who discovered the seriesaccidentally, as most listenersdidwith the second episode I sat in the car in the driveway, gettingcold, listening to Vogon poetry, and then the ideal radio line Ford,youre turning into an infinite number of penguins, and I was happy perfectly, unutterably happy By now, Douglas had a real job He was the script editor for the long runningBBC SF series Doctor Who, in the Tom Baker daysPan Books approached him about doing a book based on the radio series,and Douglas got the manuscript for The Hitchhikers Guide to theGalaxy in to his editors at Pan slightly late according to legend they telephonedhim and asked, rather desperately, where he was in the book, andhow muchhe had to go He told them Well, said his editor,making the best of a bad job, just finish the page youre on and wellsend a motorbike around to pick it up in half an hour The book, a paperbackoriginal, became a surprise bestseller, as did, less surprisingly, itsfour sequels It spawned a bestselling text based computer game The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy sequence used the tropes of sciencefiction to talk about the things that concerned Douglas, the worldhe observed, his thoughts on Life, the Universe, and Everything As wemoved into a world where people really did think that digital watcheswere a pretty neat thing, the landscape had become science fiction andDouglas, with a relentless curiosity about matters scientific, an instinctfor explanation, and a laser sharp sense of where the joke was, was ina perfect position to comment upon, to explain, and to describe thatlandscapeI read a lengthy newspaper article recently demonstrating that Hitchhikerswas in fact a lengthy tribute to Lewis Carroll something thatwould have come as a surprise to Douglas, who had disliked the little of Alice in Wonderland he read Actually, the literary tradition that Douglaswas part of was, at least initially, the tradition of English Humor Writingthat gave us P G Wodehouse whom Douglas often cited as an influence,although most people tended to miss it because Wodehouse didnt writeabout spaceshipsDouglas Adams did not enjoy writing, and he enjoyed it less as timewent on He was a bestselling, acclaimed, and much loved novelist whohad not set out to be a novelist, and who took little joy in the process ofcrafting novels He loved talking to audiences He liked writing screenplaysHe liked being at the cutting edge of technology and inventing andexplaining with an enthusiasm that was uniquely his own Douglassability to miss deadlines became legendary I love deadlines, he saidonce I love the whooshing sound they make as they go by He died in May too young His death surprised us all, and left ahuge, Douglas Adamssized hole in the world We had lost both the man tall, affable, smiling gently at a world that baffled and delighted him and the mindHe left behind a number of novels, as often imitated as they are, ultimately,inimitable He left behind characters as delightful as Marvin theParanoid Android, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Slartibartfast He left sentencesthat will make you laugh with delight as they rewire the back ofyour headAnd he made it look so easyNeil Gaiman,JanuaryLong before Neil Gaiman was the bestselling author of novels like American Gods andNeverwhere, or graphic novels like The Sandman sequence, he wrote a book called DontPanic, a history of Douglas Adams and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Ce texte fait r f rence une dition puis e ou non disponible de ce titreIt s science fiction and it s extremely funnyinspired lunacy that leaves hardly a science fiction cliche alive Washington Post The feckless protagonist, Arthur Dent, is reminiscent of Vonnegut heroes, and his travels afford a wild satire of present institutions Chicago Tribune Very simply, the book is one of the funniest SF spoofs ever written, with hyperbolic ideas folding in on themselves School Library Journal A sci fi book, packed full of adventure and humour The Guardian Ce texte fait r f rence une dition puis e ou non disponible de ce titre