R.I.P. Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

Douglas Adams, author of the increasingly misnamed Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy, died yesterday of a heart attack, at the age of 49. This was a great surprise to him, as he had plans which couldn't be canceled, and now somehow still are. The guide entry for "heart attack" will be changed from the somewhat misleading "Mostly harmless." to the more accurate "Possibly harmful."

His Hitchhiker's Guide books are among the funniest written on this planet. The mice would be proud. The Hitchhiker's Guide started out as a series of five books (' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy', ' The Restaurant at the End of the Universe', ' Life, the Universe, and Everything', ' So Long and Thanks for All the Fish', and ' Mostly Harmless') but was re-written several times into a radio series, a television series (albeit short-lived), a computer game, a web site, another web site based on the Earth edition of the Guide, and a stage play. Adams also wrote several other novels as well as some text adventures for Infocom. The man certainly knew how to suck as much profit out of a single idea as he could.

Even's famed "Babelfish Translator" was named after the babel fish that allowed one to understand other languages in the Hitchhiker's Guide (of course, both are also referencing the Tower of Babel, of Bible fame, which was destroyed after God made each of the workers speak a different language, and thus were unable to communicate with each other causing the destruction of the tower).

Adams leaves behind his wife Jane, his daughter Polly, and millions of fans worldwide whom will be thumbing it aboard passing Vogon Construction Ships for years to come. Raise up your Pan-Galactic Gargleblaster tonight and offer a toast to Douglas Adams.

So long, Douglas, and thanks for all the books.