Yesterday, March 11, would have been Douglas Adams’ 61st birthday. Google even created a special doodle to celebrate. Adams was a friend of one of our authors, George Watson, who has just written a book called Heresies and Heretics: Memories of the Twentieth Century to be published in April, in which he reminisces about Adams and other heretics of the Twentieth Century. It is a book that celebrates those great people who went against the established rules and ended up changing the world. Watson’s list of heretics besides Douglas Adams includes P.G. Wodehouse, Churchill, and E.M. Forster. This is a book that challenges readers’ intellectual and political assumptions on many subjects – Is snobbery really such a bad thing? Are there links between socialism and genocide? But it is also an entertaining and witty commentary on our society of today as well as a glimpse into the lives of famous people, many of whom Watson knew as students. The chapter on Douglas Adams serves as a wonderful tribute to the man behind The Hitchhiker’s Guide, and reminds intrepid space travelers to remember always to bring a towel.