Science Fiction Authors: A Research Guide

Science Fiction Authors: A Research Guide

Science Fiction Authors: A Research Guide

Science Fiction Authors: A Research Guide


For students, scholars, readers' advisors, and curious SF readers and fans, this guide provides an easy-to-use launch pad for researching and learning more about science fiction writers and their work. Emphasizing the best popular and contemporary authors, this book covers 100 SF writers, providing for each: BLa brief biographical sketch, including a quote from theauthor, awards, etc. BLa list of the author's major works (including editions and other writings) BLresearch sources-biographies, criticism, research guides, and web sites BLIn addition, you'll find "read-alike" lists for selected authors. For anyone wanting to find information on popular SF authors, this should be the first stop.


Douglas Adams’ classic, The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, first appeared as a BBC Radio 4 series in March 1978. It became a series of best-selling novels, a TV series, record album, computer games, several stage adaptations, and a Hollywood movie. The five books in the “Trilogy” have sold over 15 million copies in Britain, the United States, and Australia and was a best seller in many other languages.

Douglas Noel Adams was born in Cambridge, England, and grew up in Middlesex. In addition to The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, he was involved as writer, script editor, and sometimes performer on TV series such as Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Doctor Who. While living in Santa Barbara, California with his wife and young daughter, and working on the screenplay of the long-awaited movie version of H2G2, Adams died on May 11, 2001, suddenly, of a heart attack.


Major Works


The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide “Trilogy:”The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy(1979),The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984), Mostly Harmless (1992)

Dirk Gently novels: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987), The Long, Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988) . . .

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