British author Douglas Adams last night died after suffering a heart attack in California, aged 49. He was best known as the creator of the Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, which started off as a BBC radio drama before morphing into a television series and a five part "trilogy" of books, with a Hollywood movie inspired by the series currently in the works. To the gaming community he was also known for his work on a classic Infocom text adventure based on the Guide, and more recently he co-founded the Digital Village to develop an original adventure game called Starship Titanic. Many of that team are now working on a new game of the Guide for Swedish publisher Pan Interactive.
Douglas Adams is no doubt currently enjoying a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe, and will be much missed by gamers and science fiction fans alike.