Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams starb unerwartet am 12. Mai 2001 in Kalifornien an einem Herzinfarkt. Er hinterläßt seine Frau und seine siebenjährige Tochter - und viele Bücher und Geschichten, die ihn fast unsterblich gemacht haben. Dies ist nur eine kleine, persönliche Übersicht über seine Werke. ist seine offizielle Website, die auch nach seinem Tod noch gepflegt wird. ist die Erden-Ausgabe des echten Hichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - in Wahrheit aber ein von Douglas pioniertes Projekt, welches im wesentlichen aus Diskussionsforen besteht in denen die "Reporter" des Anhalters (man kann sich als solcher registrieren lassen) über das Leben, das Universum und den ganzen Rest schreiben.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
Per Anhalter durch die Galaxis (übersetzt von Benjamin Schwarz)
One Thursday lunchtime the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning. this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just began and the Galaxy is a very strange and startling place.

Pan Books (1979/Paperback) 0-330-25864-8
Ullstein (1995/Paperback) 3-548-22491-1
Heyne (1998/Paperback) 3-45314-697-2

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980)
Das Restaurant am Ende des Universums(übersetzt von Benjamin Schwarz)
When all questions of space, time, matter and the nature of being have been resolved, only one question remails - "Where shall we have dinner", the Restaurant at the End of the Universe provides the ultimate gastronomic experience, and for once there is no morning after to worry about.
Pan Books (1980/Paperback) 0-330-26213-0
Ullstein (1995/Paperback) 3-548-22492-X
Heyne (1998/Paperback) 3-45314-698-0

Life, the Universe and Everything (1982)
Das Leben, das Universum und der ganze Rest (übersetzt von Benjamin Schwarz)
In consequence of a number of stunning catastrophes, Arthur Dent is surprised to find himself living in a hideously miserable cave on prehistoric Earth. However, just as he thinks that things cannot possibly get any worse, they suddenly do. He discovers that the Galaxy is not only mind-bogglingly big and bewildering but also that most of the things that happen in it are staggeringly unfair.

Pan Books (1982/Paperback) 0-330-26738-0
Ullstein (1995/Paperback) 3-548-22493-8
Heyne (1998/paperback) 3-45314-605-0

So long, and Thanks for all the Fish (1984)
Machts gut, und danke für den Fisch (übersetzt von Benjamin Schwarz)
Just as Arthur Dent's sense of reality is in its dickiest state he suddenly finds the girl of his dreams. He finds her in the last place in the Universe in which he would expect to find anything at all, but which 3,976,000,000 people will find oddly familiar. They go in search of God's Final Message to His Creation and in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it.

Pan Books (1985/Paperback) 0-330-28700-1
Ullstein (1995/Paperback) 3-548-22494-6
Heyne (1998/Paperback) 3-45314-606-9

Mostly Harmless (1992)
Einmal Rupert und zurück (übersetzt von Sven Böttcher)
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy has, in what we laughingly call the past, had a great deal to say on the subject of parallel universes. Very little of this is, however, at all comprehensible to anyone below the level of Advanced God, and since it is now well-established that all known gods came into existence a good three millionth of a second after the universe began rather than, as they usually claimed, the previous week, they already have a great deal of explaining to do as it is, and are therefore not available for comment at this time...

Pan Books in Association with William Heinemann Ltd. (1993/Paperback) 0-330-32311-3
Heyne (1995/Paperback) 3-453-08230-3

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide (1996)
Omnibus Edition, including
- 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
- Mostly Harmless
plus a bonus short story, "Young Zaphod plays it safe".
Random House Value Publishing (1996/Hardcover) 0-5171-4925-7

Don't Panic [by Neil Gaiman] (1992)
Keine Panik (übersetzt von Benjamin Schwarz)
An account of the life and work of Douglas Adams, the creator of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", which began as a cult radio series and went on to spawn a series of books and a TV programme. This book brings the story up to the Autumn 1992 publication of the new book in the series.
Titan Books (1992/Paperback) 1-8528-6411-7
Ullstein (1993/Paperback) 3-54822-677-9

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (1987)
Dirk Gentlys Holistische Detektei (übersetzt von Benjamin Schwarz)
There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time-traveller AND the devastating secret of humandkind!
Pocket Books (1987/Paperback) 0-671-74672-3
Ullstein (1990/Paperback) 3-54822-231-5

The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul (1988)
Der lange, dunkle Fünfuhrtee der Seele (übersetzt von Benjamin Schwarz)
When a Passenger check-in desk at the Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shot up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame the usual people tried to claim responsibility. First the IRA, then the PLO and the Gas Board. Even British Nuclear Fuels rushed out a statement to the effect that the situation was completely under control, that it was a one in a million chance, that there was hardly any radioactive leakage at all and that the site of the explosion would make a nice location for a day out with the kids and a picnic, before finally having to admit that it wasn't actually anything to do with them all. No rational cause could be found for the explosion - it was simply designated an act of God. But, thinks Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?
Pan Books in association with William Heinemann Ltd. (1989/Paperback) 0-330-30955-2
Ullstein (1996/Paperback) 3-548-22539-X

The Salmon of Doubt (2002)
"You are on the verge of entering the wise, provoking, benevolent, hilarious ad addictive world of Douglas Adams. The bottom drawer of recently deceased writers is often best left firmly locked and bolted; in the case of Douglas, the nested subfolders of his hard drive have been triumphantly well worth the prising open. His natural ability to put one word after another in the service of awakening, delighting, bamboozling, informing or amusing the mind of his reader never fails." Stephen Fry
The Salmon of Doubt comprises ten chapters of the novel on which Douglas Adams was working at the time of his death in May 2001, along with an astonishing collection of pieces recovered from his beloved Macintosh computer.
The Plot of The Salmon of Doubt is as intriguing as its title and sees Dirk Gently simultaneously n the trail of half a cat and an actor whose sudden apperarance is perhas not as random as it seems. Starring alongside the pizza-addicted detective are Thor, Norse God of Thunder, Dave of DaveLand and a highly confused rhinoceros called Desmond. Other fictional stories include 'Young Zaphod Plays It Safe', featuring the intergalactic star of the Hitchhiker series, and 'The Private Life of Ghengis Khan', written with Graham Chapman, in which the emotional needs of a barbaric marauding killer are revealed.
Non-fiction pieces range from an earnest twelve-year-old Douglas's letter to Eagle magazine, through insights into a teenage mind full of adoration for the Beatles and loathing for short trousers, to lectures reflecting Adams's exceptional understanding of our natural, technological and philosophical worlds. Here too are articles on subjects as diverse as religion, the 'little dongly things' making a mess of computers, the letter Y and Douglas's love affair with two dogs in New Mexico.
For fans and readers alike, The Salmon of Doubt is the ultimate smorgasbord of the insanities, urbanities and wondrous workings of life, the universe and everything.
Macmillan (2002/Hardcover) 0-333-76657-1

Starship Titanic [by Terry Jones] (1997)
Raumschiff Titanic (übersetzt von Benjamin Schwarz)
At the centre of the galaxy, a vast, unknown civilization is preparing for an event of epic proportions, the launch of the greatest, most gorgeous, most advanced spacehip ever built - the Starship Titanic. An Earthling would see the ship as something really, really big, but rather less provincial onlookers would recognize it as the design of Leovinus, thegalaxy's most renowned architect. Before the launch Leovinus is having one last little look round and begins to find that things just aren't right; poor workmanship, cybersystems out of control, robots walking into doors. How could this have happened? The Starship Titanic is THE SHIP THAT CANNOT POSSIBLY GO WRONG...

Pan Books (1997/Paperback) 0-330-35446-9
Goldmann (1998/Hardcover) 3-442-30798-8

The Deeper Meaning of Liff [with John Lloyd] (1990)
Der tiefere Sinn des Labenz (übersetzt von Sven Böttcher)
Das klassiche Wörterbuch für namenlose Sachverhalte, Gefühle und Gegenstände. Nach der englischen Originalausgabe bearbeitet, auf den neuesten Stand gebracht und runderneuert. Tausend(*) Definitionen! Kunstvoll illustriert! Bis zur Kante vollgepackt mit Scherzen,wie sie die Welt noch nicht gelesen hat! (*) Na gut, jedenfalls fast tausend.
Die deutschen Ausgaben enthalten im Anhang den vollständigen Originaltext.
Pan Books (1992/Paperback) 3-3032-2206 Roger & Bernard (1992/Hardcover) 3-8077-0262-8
Heyne (1996/Paperback) 3-45314-606-9

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Layout und Zusammenstellung (C)2000 Guido Bibra.