Today’s Google Doodle marks the anniversary of the birth of science fiction writer Douglas Adams.
Adams was born in Cambridge on 11 March 1952 and died of a heart attack in 2001 at the age of 49 in Santa Barbara, California. He would have been 61 today.
The doodle pays homage to his popular writing, in particular his best known novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
A click on the lift door to the left of the doodle reveals Marvin the paranoid android, and Babel Fish appears if you click on the ‘Don’t Panic’ button.
The cup of tea depicted in the doodle is reference to one his Dirk Gently detective novels, called The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul, and the towel to the right of the futuristic dashboard is an item Adams wrote was essential when travelling in space.
Prior to his career as a novelist, Adams was a radio producer for the BBC and worked with Graham Chapman to write a Monty Python episode.
Adams was also known for his environmental activism, his atheist views and his love of technology.