novelist, born in Cambridge, the creator of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), recounting the intergalactic adventures of Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Zaphod Beeblebrox, and Marvin the Paranoid Android. Part science fiction, part hilarious comedy, part philosophy, the world of Hitchhiker is an international cult phenomenon packed with memorable lines, episodes, and characters. It began life in 1978 as a Radio 4 serial; a second radio series and the novel, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), swiftly followed. The succeeding Hitchhiker books are Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984), and Mostly Harmless (1992). It has also spawned a TV series (1981), an award‐winning computer game, a film (2005), and a website. Adam's other novels include the Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency series.