Monday, March 11, 2013

In Memory: Douglas Adams

Today is the 12th anniversary of the passing of a legend.

Douglas Noel Adams, author and creator of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, passed on this day in 2001 at the far too early age of 49.

Mr. Adams' work was a profound influence on me. The BBC television version of the Guide remains seared into my brain, a perennial favorite I still bring out from time to time, and his writing in the Hitchhiker's books, as well as Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency, is some of the best words ever put to paper.

The Guide was a humongous influence all throughout Hulks and Horrors, from the Scavenger's Guide, to prose callouts to famous lines, to the very style of the writing in the game and especially in the bizarre and imaginative nature of Ancient technology. I daresay that without Adams' influence on my work, H&H would not scarcely be the same, if it existed at all.  Moreso than any other author, Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker series defines my image of what great sci-fi fiction can be when it focuses on imagination and the human element instead of being lost in silly details.

So thank you, Mr. Adams. Hulks and Horrors owes you a great debt, where ever you are.

1 comment:

  1. "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?"

    One of my all time favourite quotes...