Don’t Panic! Today’s Google Doodle Honors Douglas Adams’ 61st Birthday

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Google has put together a fitting tribute for what would have been sci-fi writer and humorist Douglas Adams’ 61st birthday.

The interactive Google Doodle features an assortment of fun references from Adams’ novel Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy including the Arthur’s towel, moody old Marvin, and a nice cuppa. It’s also cute to note that Google’s interpretation of the The Guide looks a lot like a Kindle – then again, that probably isn’t much of a coincidence.

The late Douglas Adams was born in Cambridge, England, where by all accounts he was gifted with an amazing talent for words from infancy. He is best known for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its subsequent sequels, as well as his work writing for several Infocom titles that include the video game version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide and Bureaucracy. Adams also famously scripted an episode of Doctor Who that was never completed or aired, which is almost as great of a farce as Stanley Kubrick’s scraped Napoleon epic. Adams died of an heart attack May 11, 2001 at the age of 49. He is remembered primarily as one of the finest – and funniest – sci-fi writers of his age.

Now if only Google could just tell us the real meaning of the universe… oh wait.