My Favorite Author and the Reasons Why I Love Their Writing #bloganuary

I guess my favorite author is the late English writer Douglas Adams. He’s the writer of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Adams followed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy with several other books based on the same events. Despite its sci-fi theme, it was funny, surprising, and even a bit philosophical, as it parodied the idea that sci-fi should be intellectual.

Also, he wrote Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, and a sequel. This book is also a comedy in the style of detective fiction, obviously, similarly sprinkled with mad philosophy that many writers probably wouldn’t have thought to put in. Both Adams’ series have strange plot lines and beautiful characters.

I’ve never read The Last Chance to See, Adams’ last book (and Mark Carwardine) before he passed away. It is a tale of travel in parts of nature where animal life is likely doomed to extinction. There are a lot of endings Adams thought about, I think.

He procrastinated well, and his masterpiece feels like it’s almost finished. Years after it was written (I think it was published around 1980), it was adapted into a film in 2005. That’s about when Adams passed.

Netflix adapted Dirk Gentleman’s Holistic Detective Agency several years ago.

Several of these authors I enjoyed reading as a teenager. At the time, I had to get my mother to borrow Douglas Adams from the library because my children’s membership card wouldn’t qualify me to borrow fiction for adults.

A radio adaptation, a BBC television adaptation, and a computer game based on the novel also exist. In the computer game from the same hands who gave the earliest modern players of interactive games the legendary Zork, you entered commands into a parser prompt to enjoy the story.

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