Douglas Adams Dead at 49

According to this news article on BBC News author Douglas Adams died of a heart attack yesterday morning. (Thanks to Hans Friedrich for passing this story along).

My heartfelt condolences to Mr. Adams’ family. I’ve been a fan of his since I first saw the Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy on the local PBS station back in the mid eighties, which lead to my buying the entire “trilogy” (now up to five parts) of books, the radio series on vinyl and the Dirk Gently novels. In fact, my first online persona/nickname was “Ford Prefect”.

So, friends, raise a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster tonight and join me in commemorating the life and works of one of the funniest (if not the greatest) science fiction comedy authors. He was a hoopy frood who always knew where his towel was and he will be missed.