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Bobolink
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Douglas Adams has left us. :~(

"So long, and thanks for all the fish."


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The answer is 42.

May he be happy whereever he is.


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Aww man, I was so sad to hear about this.

His work touched me growing up, made me feel less alone and more real and less freaky. And I know so many other people that he liberated in the same way. (I know, it's "just science fiction" but there was something in it that spoke to me and a lot of other geeks.)

And he has a seven year old daughter who won't know her father, which I think is saddest of all.

Erin


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That makes me so sad

I must have read "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" at least 50 times.

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*Bursts into tears crying*
I'm sorry, *sniffles*, bleckh, I'm gonna miss him.

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That sucks.

He was one of the funniest authors I've ever read.

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I knew about him (everyone always talked about his latest works in several media areas) but I never got round to reading/watching/playing them. In honour of his memory I will try to get round to reading Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy.
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Confused, my partner started reading the HGG several weeks ago, as a way of dealing with long bus rides, and loved the series. I'd read most of them, and the Dirk Gently books, several years, but had apparently forgotten how much fun they were, as said partner became absolutely obsessed with them, and forgot about Harry Potter entirely. However, he also told me not to read the last book, Mostly Harmless, as he says the ending's very poor and very much a downer. Still the other books are definitely worth seeking out.
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A book by Adams that does not get much mention is "Last Chance to See". This started out as a BBC radio documentary on animal species on the verge of extinction, It is both funny and poignant. The audio book is a very good adaptation.

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You know, I really was on the verge of tears several times today as I informed my friends at school of his untimely demise. *points to her username* As you can see, I'm very much a fan.

I was going to post a topic entitled "So Long and Thanks for All the Books", but I'm glad to see there are others that thought to honor his memory.

I'm an artist, and I'm working on a tribute piece. I started designing it today. Once I get my website up and running, I'm going to have a little page, "42 Candles for Douglas Adams", that I'll take down on May 11th, 2002.

I'm just so depressed...those books were brilliant, and the world needs more people with minds like Douglas Adams...

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Oh this does make me sad too. *uses her towel to wipe away a tear*

He was an excellent author and shall be missed greatly.

~KittenGoddess

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This is indeed very sad.

And Bobo had to beat us all to the fish line.

I need an analgesic.

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What is an analgesic? I keep hearing that everyone needs them!

Douglas Adams died, this has been seen as a bad move on God's part (whose existence is disproved because of that silly little fish) and has created quite a bit of discontent among scarleteeners.

Blech I think I need an analgesic if it has anything to do with head aches, although I could have just said I need a banana or television or something equally silly if it has anything to do with head aches.


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His writing was hilarious. I have so many lines from "The Hitchhiker's Guide" memorized. Ack. Sadness. Teardrop.

I would write out 42 random statements explaining his brilliance...but that might be a bit grating, and it would probably make me sadder. So I refrain.

(Gaffer, I believe an analgesic is a painkiller, or pain medication.)


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Gaffer
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Yes, I could have definitely used one of those.

I got an e-mail from my friend saying that people around the world have designated May 25th as towel day in honor of Doug, so I'm having a party tomorrow. My friends are coming over and we're soaking our towels with nutrients (then we're off to see Shrek).

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