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The Writer’s Almanac for March 11, 2017: Things to Think

Mar. 11, 2017: birthday: Douglas Adams

It is the birthday of British humorist and science fiction writer Douglas Adams (books by this author), born in Cambridge (1952). He is best known for his five-part “trilogy” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in which an unassuming man named Arthur is saved from Earth’s destruction by an alien travel journalist who picks him up in a spaceship. Among the people that Arthur meets in his travels are a depressed robot, the two-headed Galactic President, and the only other human survivor in the universe — a woman whom Arthur once met at a party in England.