Sounds insane and fun for a person like him. Too sad then, that he’s no longer around to celebrate. Nor did he live to see his biggest dream, the Hitchhiker’s movie, blossom.
My greatest regret in life is that I didn’t know about h2g2 in the year 1994, when it was his 42nd birthday. And my biggest desire is to create a collection of h2g2 articles (not the written type, dodo, although I wouldn’t mind). The one thing I really want to lay my hands on though is the complete set of h2g2 radio shows. Throw in the TV shows too.
Douglas Adams is one helluva writer, and I like him for the fact that he took something as geeky as science fiction, and turned into something that you can laugh with. It IS still sort of geeky, because his jokes are all sarcasm and no slapstick, but anybody would love this, because it’s not hardcore science fiction, in fact, there’s hardly any science in it. It’s just that the title keeps the rest of the public away (and they lose a LOT in life), and attracts geeks (and horror of horrors, nerds too!) like flies on a carcass.
So goodbye, thanks for all the paneer (I’m vegetarian), and remember, the Answer is 42.
I bet not many got the joke in the above sentence, but if you did, you’re an h2g2 fan.