“There's nothing worse than sitting down to write a novel and saying, 'Well, okay, today I'm going to do something of high artistic worth.'” – Douglas Adams
When I decided to quote Adams, who was born in England on this date in 1952, I first thought about using his quote about Thursdays (this being Thursday, after all). He said:, ”This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.” But the novel quote was hard to ignore.
Author, screenwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist, Adams wrote the massively successful The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy. Ultimately it was rewritten into what he termed a "trilogy" of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime alone (he died of a heart attack in 2001).
Adams also was a founder and director of The Digital Village, a media and Internet company, and created the award-winning adventure game Starship Titanic.and donated many of his royalties to that effort.
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable,” he wrote. “There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
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