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 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 6:56 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

Hey DinB, you're not the only one who misses Douglas Adams:

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/03/i-miss-douglas-adams/

 
 Posted:   May 11, 2013 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

I miss Douglas Adams as well. I will miss Terry Pratchett when he is gone. (Though still writing he has announced he is in the early stages of Alzheimer's) I find the Discworld books just as funny as Hitchhiker's guide et. al.

 
 
 Posted:   May 26, 2014 - 7:18 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Dammit.
Yesterday was the 25th and I totally forgot to wear a towel.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2014 - 7:48 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

Dammit.
Yesterday was the 25th and I totally forgot to wear a towel.


Ock-dude, I was totally using a towel (doing my back exercises on the floor), and didn't even know it was in honor of that swell guy.

Thanks for the reminder.

BTW, I still need a HHGTTG omnibus on acid-free paper, because the pages on mine are totally turning brown.

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2014 - 10:51 AM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

Ock-dude, I was totally using a towel (doing my back exercises on the floor), and didn't even know it was in honor of that swell guy.
Thanks for the reminder.



I wish I could take the credit but, to my shame, I didn't even remember it myself until I saw a meme about it on 9Gag.

Dummy me. frown

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2014 - 11:07 AM   
 By:   Joe E.   (Member)

12 Years??!! Wow...a much-missed mind...can't believe it has been that long...

Gone 12 years today.

Looks like Adams is one of the few "Science Fiction" icons not fawned over around here. smile


Oh, I wouldn't say that. He probably doesn't get discussed here as much because he's largely known for written works and discussion here principally revolves around visual ones (movies and TV shows - with which he was certainly also involved of course, but still), and also because he's been dead and hence rather inactive for more than a decade. But he definitely has passionate fans here, I can assure you.

I very much miss him myself. frown

 
 
 Posted:   May 29, 2014 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

The radio series is the best incarnation of HHGTTG, in my opinion.

you and I are in complete agreement, David. smile

Greg Espinoza

 
 
 Posted:   May 25, 2015 - 6:39 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

I remembered this time.

I typed this in a towel.
smile

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2015 - 3:07 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)


I typed this in a towel.
smile


I didn't. Thanks for the reminder, Mr. O.

I do think about him every time I think how useful a towel would be in SO many situations, though. So, for me, almost every day is his day.

 
 Posted:   May 26, 2015 - 4:32 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

Been a while since I listened to the radio adaptation of Hitch-hiker's Guide....may have to dig it out again. Funny stuff and yes I now miss Terry Pratchett as well...

 
 Posted:   Jul 26, 2016 - 2:38 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

This past May 11 marked fifteen years since the death of Douglas Adams.

"Life, the Universe, and Douglas Adams" documentary:



Okay, back to the infinite number of Star Track and Space War topics...

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2016 - 5:05 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)


Looks like Adams is one of the few "Science Fiction" icons not fawned over around here. smile

Oh, I wouldn't say that. He probably doesn't get discussed here as much because he's largely known for written works and discussion here principally revolves around visual ones (movies and TV shows - with which he was certainly also involved of course, but still), and also because he's been dead and hence rather inactive for more than a decade. But he definitely has passionate fans here, I can assure you.(


Have to disagree. frown Given the irrational dislke of comedy in general, especially their scores, as well as the irrational worship of empty-headed sci-fantasy like Star Wars, there is precious little room for the likes of Adams' work, which manages to be comedic as well as thought provoking.

(I exclude you from any criticism despite your love of all things Star Wars).

 
 Posted:   Jul 29, 2016 - 9:23 PM   
 By:   Michael Scorefan   (Member)


Looks like Adams is one of the few "Science Fiction" icons not fawned over around here. smile

Oh, I wouldn't say that. He probably doesn't get discussed here as much because he's largely known for written works and discussion here principally revolves around visual ones (movies and TV shows - with which he was certainly also involved of course, but still), and also because he's been dead and hence rather inactive for more than a decade. But he definitely has passionate fans here, I can assure you.(


Have to disagree. frown Given the irrational dislke of comedy in general, especially their scores, as well as the irrational worship of empty-headed sci-fantasy like Star Wars, there is precious little room for the likes of Adams' work, which manages to be comedic as well as thought provoking.

(I exclude you from any criticism despite your love of all things Star Wars).


I am a huge Douglas Adams fan. I have read the Hitchhiker's series multiple times, watched the tv show, the movie, and even played the unbelievably hard text based video game that Douglas Adams himself helped create. I also read Neil Gaiman's biography of Douglas Adams. I would love to hear the radio show some day. I also need to read the Dirk Gently series, which is currently sitting on my shelf.

I think Joe hit it on the head about why he isn't discussed a lot on this board. I should also note, that as passionate as many of us are about his work, his appeal hasn't really transcended much beyond science fiction fans, at least not so here in the U.S. Although not meant as a representative sample, pretty much every time I attempt a Hitchhiker's reference, like placing significance on 42, mentioned "somebody else's problem" without having to provide a lengthy explanation, or reminding them not to forget their towel, I have received nothing but blank stares. So for now, his work remains a treasure that only a small niche of people appreciate. But who knows? In the age of remakes, reboots, relaunches, etc., someone will eventually come along with an adaptation that reaches the audience his work deserves. And then, a select few of us can gloat about how we were aware of his genius for decades.

Oh, and I also love Star Wars.

 
 Posted:   Jul 30, 2016 - 7:43 AM   
 By:   Jim Phelps   (Member)

For the most part, Michael Scorefan, you have exemplary taste. wink As I was leaving work for the summer break, I said to my colleagues: "So long, and thanks for all the fish." Of course they had no clue.

While so many years on this forum have burned me out on the likes of Star Wars, James Bond, Star Trek, etc., I do enjoy the odd re-reading of an old Marvel Star Wars comic (book or the strips) but even those things rarely get discussed here, a veritable sci-fi island! wink

 
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