Douglas Adams

Douglas Adams was an English author, screenwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. He is best known for his 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' series, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a 'trilogy' of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime. His works are known for their wit, inventiveness, and satirical treatment of contemporary issues.


This list of books are ONLY the books that have been ranked on the lists that are aggregated on this site. This is not a comprehensive list of all books by this author.

  1. 1. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    This comedic science fiction novel follows the intergalactic adventures of an unwitting human, Arthur Dent, who is rescued just before Earth's destruction by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher for a galactic travel guide. Together, they hitch a ride on a stolen spaceship, encountering a range of bizarre characters, including a depressed robot and a two-headed ex-president of the galaxy. Through a series of satirical and absurd escapades, the book explores themes of existentialism, bureaucracy, and the absurdity of life, all while poking fun at the science fiction genre and offering witty commentary on the human condition.

    The 73rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

    This humorous science fiction novel follows the eccentric detective Dirk Gently, who operates based on the fundamental interconnectedness of all things. His cases involve time travel, ghosts, and an Electric Monk, a labor-saving device that believes things for you. Dirk's current investigation revolves around the disappearance of a cat, a multimillionaire, and a horse in a bathroom, all seemingly unrelated events, but in Dirk's holistic world, everything is connected.

    The 1514th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Restaurant At The End Of The Universe

    "Restaurant At The End Of The Universe" is a humorous science fiction novel that follows the adventures of a group of eccentric characters as they travel through space and time. After narrowly escaping the destruction of Earth, the group finds themselves dining at the eponymous restaurant, which offers its patrons the unique opportunity to witness the end of the universe. Filled with witty dialogue, absurd situations, and thought-provoking concepts, the book is a satirical exploration of the meaning of life and the absurdity of the universe.

    The 10043rd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Life, The Universe And Everything

    In this comedic science fiction novel, the eccentric and hapless protagonist, along with his companions, embarks on a journey through time and space to prevent the end of the universe. Filled with absurdity, wit, and unexpected twists, the book explores deep philosophical questions while keeping readers entertained with its hilarious and imaginative storytelling.

    The 10109th Greatest Book of All Time