Books by Douglas Adams

List with a summary of the featured bibliography of the author Douglas Adams, with a brief synopsis of each recommended book.

Basic Data about the Author:

Date of birth: March 11, 1952

Died: May 11, 2001

Literary genres: Science Fiction - Humor

Featured books

Dirk Gently

Book: Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 1987

Description: 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 bewildered ghost, a secret time traveller, and a devastating secret that threatens the future of humanity.

Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.

Douglas Adams died in May 2001 at the age of 49. Aside from the bestselling Dirk Gently novels (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency; The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul), he was the author of... (keep reading...)

Last Chance to See

Book: Last Chance to See

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 1991

Description: In 1990 the BBC asked bestselling author Douglas Adams and zooligist Mark Carwardine to go around the world in search of exotic, endangered creatures. Hilarious and poignant--as only Douglas Adams can be--LAST CHANCE TO SEE is an entertaining and arresting odyssey through the Earth's magnificent wildlife galaxy.

In "The Hitchhiker's Trilogy" and the bestselling "Dirk Gently" novels, Douglas Adams has taken his millions of fans on wild excursions through time and space. Last Chance to See continues the... (keep reading...)

Life, the Universe and Everything

Book: Life, the Universe and Everything

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 1982

Description: The third installment of the zany Hitchhiker series finds Arthur Dent, reluctant space and time traveler, and his wacky entourage on a mission to prevent the destruction of the universe by killer robots...

The unhappy inhabitants of planet Krikkit are sick of looking at the night sky above their heads--so they plan to destroy it. The universe, that is.

Now only five individuals stand between the white killer robots of Krikkit and their goal of total annihilation.

They are Arthur Dent, a mild-mannered... (keep reading...)

Mostly Harmless

Book: Mostly Harmless

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 1992

Description: Adams is back with the amazing, unprecedented, logic-defying, but-why-stop-now fifth novel in the Hitchhiker Trilogy. Here is the epic story of Random, the daughter of Arthur Dent, who has grown up on a remote world at the edge of the universe and now sets out on a transgalactic quest to find the planet of her ancestors...

It's easy to get disheartened when your planet has been blown up, the woman you love has vanished in a misundertanding about space/time, the spaceship you are crashes on a remote and... (keep reading...)

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Book: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 1984

Description: Reluctant galactic wanderer Arthur Dent finds himself back on Earth, which has been restored after having been demolished for a hyperspace bypass, and again sets out on his travels with a girl who went mad at the Earth's destruction...

Back on Earth with nothing more to show for his long, strange trip through time and space than a ratty towel and a plastic shopping bag, Arthur Dent is ready to believe that the past eight years were all just a figment of his stressed-out imagination.

But a gift-wrapped fishbowl... (keep reading...)

The Hitchhiker

Book: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 1979

Description: Seconds before the Earth is demolished to make way for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is plucked off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised edition of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy who, for the last fifteen years, has been posing as an out-of-work actor.

Together this dynamic pair begin a journey through space aided by quotes from The Hitchhiker's Guide ("A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have") and a galaxy-full of fellow... (keep reading...)

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Book: The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 1988

Description: When a passenger check-in desk at London's Heathrow Airport disappears in a ball of orange flame, the explosion is deemed an act of God. But which god, wonders holistic detective Dirk Gently? What god would be hanging around Heathrow trying to catch the 3:37 to Oslo? And what has this to do with Dirk's latest--and late-- client, found only this morning with his head revolving atop the hit record "Hot Potato"? Amid the hostile attentions of a stray eagle and the trauma of a very dirty refrigerator, super-sleuth Dirk... (keep reading...)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Book: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 1980

Description: In the sequel to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent joins his strange entourage on a hilarious search for the current ruler of the universe, answers about life, the universe, and... the perfect place to eat in space...

Facing annihilation at the hands of the warlike Vogons is a curious time to have a craving for tea. It could only happen to the cosmically displaced Arthur Dent and his curious comrades in arms as they hurtle across space aboard a stolen Improbability Drive ship -- and desperately... (keep reading...)

The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

Book: The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

Author: Douglas Adams

Publishing year: 2002

Description: On Friday, May 11, 2001, the world mourned the untimely passing of Douglas Adams, beloved creator of The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy, dead of a heart attack at age forty-nine. Thankfully, in addition to a magnificent literary legacy which includes 7 novels and 3 co-authored works of nonfiction, Douglas left us something more. This book was rescued from his four computers, culled from an archive of chapters from his long-awaited novel-in-progress, as well as his short stories, speeches, articles, interviews,... (keep reading...)