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Oolon Colluphid
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Appearances: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (mentioned)
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Oolon Colluphid is the author of the trilogy of philosophical blockbusters Where God Went Wrong, Some More of God's Greatest Mistakes and Who is this God Person Anyway?. He later used the Babel Fish argument as a basis for a fourth book, titled Well, That About Wraps It Up For God. He is also said to have written a book on sex entitled, Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Sex But Have Been Forced to Find Out.

Additionally in an episode of Doctor Who story "Destiny Of The Daleks" (script edited by Douglas Adams) The Doctor is seen to be reading a book called The History Of The Universe, which shows Oolon Colluphid as the author.

An extract from one of his book about God goes as follows:
The story so far. In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people very unhappy and has widely been regarded as a bad move.

Inspiration

There is speculation that Adams based the character on friend and well-renowned atheist, Richard Dawkins. However, they only met after Dawkins wrote a fan-letter to Adams, after reading Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. That was published in 1987, whereas Colluphid was mentioned as early as the first radio-script for Hitchhikers in 1978, and the book in 1979. Of course, Adams might have known who Dawkins was from The Selfish Gene (1976), but it seems unlikely he knew the extent of Dawkins vehemence against religion from the few mentions in The Selfish Gene.

However, the radical theologian Don Cupitt claims, in his book "The Great Questions of Life" that he was the template for this heretical theologian. Cupitt is famous for leaving orthodox Anglican theology for "non-realism", which is to say ... that God is not real. He has founded the Sea of Faith to propagate a Christianity without belief.

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