Geeks everywhere got a “raging brainer” (thank you, Professor Farnsworth) last week when a photo surfaced of Ray Bradbury reacting to the bubblegum-pop send-up “Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury.” It’s a beautiful thing to learn that one of the greatest sci-fi writers of all time lived long enough to see his own tribute — even if it was foul-mouthed and tongue-in-cheek. With that in mind, here are five other (more SFW) tributes to some famous authors who are no longer with us.
Douglas Adams: Towel Day
As anyone who’s read the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy can attest, a towel is just about the best thing in the universe to have, whether you’re using it to defend yourself or con someone out of a toothbrush. Carrying one around is also one of the best ways to show your appreciation for Mr. Adams’ unique body of work on May 25 when his fans all around the world display their own towels, many screen-printed with the wisest piece of advice ever written: “DON’T PANIC.” It’s a fitting tribute to the author, and a yearly reminder to reflect on Adams’ writings and offbeat thinking.