I don’t have much to say about him that other folk haven’t or won’t say better. My first introduction was, like many in the states, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series (trilogy). The first few lines in regards to how the yellow ships hung in the sky “in much the same way that bricks don’t” still sticks in my mind as one of the funniest beginning sequences to a book I’ve ever read. I love irony, and Adams definitely had it in spades.
Here over the past couple of years I have to admit that he’s also been an inspiration as I left behind the trappings of religious affiliation. He was quoted in Richard Dawkins’ “The God Delusion” with the following: “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?” and, like many, many other things he’s written, that simple, poignant statement was enough to wake me up as to what kinds of beauties there are in the world, and that all I really need to appreciate them is my perception.
So, happy birthday, Mr. Adams. You can’t read this, unfortunately, but your friends and rabid fans miss you terribly. May you live eternally in your works.