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But for a serious moment, I'd like to give thanks to the man who originally gave this character life. In 1987, Douglas Adams released the novel 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' to the world, followed a year later by 'The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul'. Not only did these books follow the adventures of Dirk Gently, a character I obviously have great affection for, but they also have amazing and intricate plots, part mystery and part study in quantum mechanics and theology. I still notice new details on every reading, and as much as I love the Hitchhiker's Guide trilogy (which I read first), I think the Dirk Gently books may be the very height of his skill.

In 2001, Douglas Adams passed away with an unfinished manuscript called 'The Salmon of Doubt' that was started as a third Dirk Gently book still in progress. Today would have been his 60th birthday.

Many people are taking the time to honor the date, and I'd like to join them. You can visit the website douglasadamstheparty.com, to learn a little more about the celebration at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, and his favorite charities. Learn more about the man himself in this article on awesome stuff Adams did besides Hitchhiker's Guide. There's also a touching birthday greeting below from Neil Gaiman.




Thank you, Douglas Adams, wherever you may be.

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