Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge in March 1952 and was educated at Brentwood, Essex, before attending St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he received a B.A. and later and M.A. in English literature. A writer for radio, television, and theater, he was the creator of all the various manifestations of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which started as a radio show and then became a series of novels, a TV show, an album, a computer game, and several stage adaptations. Adams died on May 11, 2001. Adams also wrote the sequels to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which were The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, The Universe and Everything, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish,and Mostly Harmless, and other literary works such as Dirk Gently, Starship Titanic, Last Chance To See, The Meaning of Liff, Hyperland, and Bureaucracy. Adams became the youngest author to be awarded a Golden Pan with Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. He was also nominated for the first Best of Young British Novelists awards.