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Posts Tagged ‘Douglas Adams’

Zora Neale Hurston Gets a Google Doodle for Her Birthday

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Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Zora Neale Hurston’s birthday. According to the official Zora Neale Hurston website, she was born on January 7, 1891.

Through her writing, Hurston became an important figure during the Harlem Renaissance. Time reports that Hurston had written “four novels, dozens of short stories, plays and essays, and two books of folklore based on her anthropological research that captured some of the oral history of African Americans.”

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Shakuntala Devi Gets a Google Doodle for Her 84th Birthday

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Google has created a Doodle to celebrate Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday.

Devi became well-known for her ability to generate complicated mental calculations which earned her the nickname, “the Human Computer.” Through her lifetime, she wrote and published novels, cookbooks, and nonfiction titles. Here’s more from the Times of India:

Shakuntala Devi figured in the Guiness Book of World Record for her outstanding ability and wrote numerous books like Fun with Numbers, Astrology for You, Puzzles to Puzzle You, and Mathablit. At the age of six, she demonstrated her calculation skills in her first major public performance at the University of Mysore and two years later, she again proved herself successful as a child prodigy at Annamalai University.”

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Choose a Haiku To Send To Mars

You can help choose a haiku to fly to Mars in an unmanned spacecraft, part of NASA’s historic MAVEN mission. Follow this link to read and vote on your favorite haiku to send into space.

We voted for this Douglas Adams-inspired poem. While you can no longer submit a haiku, you can add your name to a DVD that is headed to Mars. Here’s more about the MAVEN mission to Mars:

The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, scheduled for launch in late 2013, will be the first mission devoted to understanding the Martian upper atmosphere. The goal of MAVEN is to determine the role that loss of atmospheric gas to space played in changing the Martian climate through time. Where did the atmosphere—and the water—go?

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Celebrate Franz Kafka’s Birthday with a Google Doodle & Free Books

Google has created a Google Doodle to celebrate Franz Kafka’s 130th birthday. Follow these links to download a free copy of The Metamorphosis and The Trial.

The designers drew inspiration from The Metamorphosis. Published in 1915, the famous novella follows the surreal ordeal of a salesman named Gregor Samsa. Here’s more from TIME magazine:

The drawing shows a lighter take on Kafka’s absurdist work, portraying a cockroach coming home from a day at work. The Doodle even includes a nod to the plot by including a small, sepia-toned apple, referring to the apples that the poor salesman’s father threw at him when he found his son transformed into the creepy-crawler.

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Douglas Adams Gets Interactive Google Doodle for His Birthday

Google has created an interactive Google Doodle celebrating Douglas Adams‘ 61st birthday. The UK author is best known for his comedic science-fiction series, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Check out this YouTube video which shows how internet users can interact with this animated doodle. Random House posted a screenshot of the art piece on Facebook and drew 266 “likes.”

Here’s more from ABC News: “Google’s doodle includes references to Adams’ work: a towel, which according to Adams’ book, is an essential item for space travel, a cup of tea, a staple of his oeuvre, and when users click the door in the doodle, Marvin, the beloved ‘paranoid android,’ from ‘Hitchhiker’s Guide‘ appears.”

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Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams Adapted into BBC Four TV Drama

BBC Four has released a few short clips from their adaptation of the late Douglas Adams‘ spacey private detective novel, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. The video is embedded above.

Actor Stephen Mangan will star as Dirk Gently, alongside co-stars  Darren Boyd and Helen Baxendale. The script was written by Howard Overman, the writer behind Misfits and Vexed.

Here’s more from BBC Four: “Anti-hero Dirk Gently operates his eponymous detective agency based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. Perpetually broke, hopelessly chaotic and utterly infuriating, most people suspect Dirk is nothing more than a cheap conman. And they might be right – but nevertheless his methods, though unusual, do often produce surprising results.” (Via io9)

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sequel Writing

When Eoin Colfer was asked to write the sixth book in problematically named The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, he refused–convinced that no one could follow in the footsteps of the original author, the late, great Douglas Adams.

Nevertheless, Colfer–the author of the bestselling “Artemis Fowl” series of YA novels–decided to write the sixth book in the series. It will hit stores in October. In this exclusive GalleyCat interview, the novelist explains why he changed his mind, taking readers inside his writing process for the sequel.

Here’s more from the author’s website: “If you have read ['Hitchhiker's Guide'] then you know exactly what I am talking about. If you haven’t then read it now, moron. The problem is the hyperbole puts people off. If it’s so popular then it must be middle of the road, brimming with cliches and easily digested on the sands of Ibiza. All false assumptions.”