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Interview: Neil Gaiman Talks the Timeless Appeal of Douglas Adams

Gaiman celebrates the March 11th birthday of his late mentor, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams.

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The Portalist: How did your relationship with Adams shape you as a writer?

Neil Gaiman: Douglas was both an inspiration and a dreadful warning. His brilliance, affability and general niceness were inspiring. His ability to Not Write was just as inspiring in its own way. I knew that I was not as brilliant as Douglas, so I had better actually write, and if possible actually make the deadlines.

Is there anything you would encourage Adams fans to do to honor his memory?

Read his work and reread it. And especially, now, to remember to reread Last Chance to See...

100 years from now, what aspects of Hitchhiker’s Guide do you expect will resonate most with readers of the future?

Anything that tells us about people and how they behave will always resonate. We may not know what digital watches were, or even what watches were, but Douglas will be funny in the same way that Victorian writers Jerome K. Jerome or George and Weedon Grossmith can be funny to us now. We recognise ourselves in their people and their foibles and their tragedies. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy came into existence 42 years ago. (Hell, Don't Panic came into existence 33 years ago.) If anything it feels more apt and about the madness of new than it did back then.

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