For Immediate Release
2 July 1996
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"Hitchhiker's Guide" Author Douglas Adams To Keynote SIGGRAPH 96

Douglas Adams, founding member and creative director of The Digital Village, and author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," presented the keynote address Wednesday, 7 August at SIGGRAPH 96 in New Orleans. The dates for the 23rd Annual International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques were 4-9 August at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

In great demand as a speaker on the future creative use of computer technology, Adams lectures regularly in the US and UK on technology, the new media, and ecology. At SIGGRAPH 96, Adams speaks about computer graphics, technology, communications, and overcoming barriers to imaginative thought.

Adams has worked as a writer, producer, and script editor for BBC Radio and TV, and was a multimedia author before there was such a thing as multimedia. "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" started as a ground-breaking piece of radio production, and subsequently moved onto television, stage, record albums, a series of internationally best-selling books, and a set of graphic novels.

Adams also worked closely on writing the best-selling computer game version of the book, which is thought to be the first piece of computer software which deliberately lies to the user. "Hitchhiker" is currently in the early stages of development as a series of revolutionary 3D IMAX movies.

Other novels include "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency," and "The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul." His non-fiction titles include "The Meaning of Liff" (with John Lloyd), a dictionary of meanings for which there aren't any words yet, and "Last Chance to See," a book on some of the world's most endangered species. For television, Douglas has worked on "Hyperland," a documentary about the future of interactive media, and a recent South Bank Show about his work.

Born in Cambridge, England, and educated at Brentwood School, Essex and St. John's College, Cambridge, Adams has sold over 15 million books in the US, the UK, and Australia. He is also a bestseller in German, Swedish, and other Nordic languages.


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