March 11, 2013 | 9:53 a.m.
Douglas Adams’ 61st birthday is being marked with a Google Doodle that would make the author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” proud. But “Don’t Panic” if you looked at the Google Doodle and wondered … “what is that supposed to be?” The interactive doodle draws on several allusions to the late English humorist’s writing, down to the rumpled towel said to be an important part of any trip. There’s a cup of tea, a packed back, a manuscript, the galaxy whizzing by outside the window. You can also see Marvin the robot by clicking on the sliding doors to the left, and you can tap the e-reader’s keyboard for several inside references. Most of it, though, will likely be lost on those unfamiliar with the author, who died at the age of 49 from a heart attack. He […]
Sept. 20, 2008 | 8:36 p.m.
The late Douglas Adams created a brilliantly daft universe in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” and now it looks as though his literary baton will be picked up by Irish writer Eoin Colfer, author of the “Artemis Fowl” series. Adams used to say that he hatched the idea for “Hitchhiker’s Guide” while staring up at the stars as he lay drunk in a field in Austria after a day of wandering countryside and feeling like a clumsy alien for reasons of language and booze. There’s been debate whether that’s an authentic account, but, really, how much unvarnished reality should be expected from the man who cooked up the Vogons and Zaphod Beeblebrox? Adams died in beautiful Montecito in 2001, the victim of a fatal heart attack at age 49. “Hitchhiker’s Guide” began as a radio series, became a massively […]