Adams was most famous for his Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books, a trilogy (in five parts, of course). These starred Arthur Dent and an array of wonderful other characters including a two-headed alien and terminally depressed android.
And let’s not forget Vogon poetry, the third worst in the universe (the worst being penned by Paula Nancy Millstone Jennings of Greenbridge in Essex).
The books were later made into an awful Hollywood film (the original BBC TV series adaptation was far superior despite the early-1980s special effects).
The Google doodle itself features familiar items from Hitchhiker’s including Dent’s towel and satchel, and of course the Guide itself, which plays the entry for the Babel Fish when clicked on.
Also, if you move the cursor over the door top left, you’ll see a surprise guest from the series (with a brain the size of a planet). There are other small interactive elements – such as the cup of tea which ripples when moused-over. You can also mute the sound, or go through to the Google search page, via the panel on the right of the doodle.
Douglas was born on this day in 1952, and passed away in May 2001, of a heart attack.