This has certainly put a cloud over my day... I just found this out on a Yahoo news article. Douglas Adams apparently suffered a heart attack while he was exercising yesterday, and collapsed. He was in great shape and only 49, so this was a shock to everyone. In case you don't know, he was the author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which is perhaps the seminal sci-fi/comedy novel. His writing approached everything from a wonderfully witty British perspective that was simultaneously hilarious and thought-provoking. He'll be sorely missed by myself and his legions of fans.