Goodbye Terry Pratchett.

March 12, 2015 | By | Reply More

Another of my writing colleagues passes away into the . . .  well, in Sir Terry Pratchett’s case, I’m sure it involves a giant turtle floating in space somewhere. Fantasy author Terry Pratchett, creator of the Discworld series, has sadly lost his battle against Alzheimer’s disease today.

If you, like me, are a big fan of his books, you’ll be pleased to know there is one final novel in the Discworld series coming out at the end of this year.

Goodbye Terry Pratchett.

Goodbye Terry Pratchett.

I met Terry a few times at conventions and events where we were both guests of honour. He was rather grumpy (hey, who am I to talk), always amusing, and obviously cuttingly clever. He reminded my a little of my dad, who was a well-known journalist back in the day, the same as Terry before he switched from newspapers to writing fiction. I think you either go into journalism a little grouchy, or a career there turns you crabby and wearily world-wise after enough years.

The last time I saw Terry was at a big fantasy author event at Waterstones’ department store-sized branch at London Piccadilly – he was in top form that evening and kept up a running commentary of funny observations, even though it was obvious that Alzheimer’s was starting to bite.

A great author, and like another writer acquaintance of mine, Iain Banks, taken far before his time. He’ll be having words with Death about that one (and Death’s grand-daughter Susan).

Let’s leave the last words to the great man himself . . .

‘Don’t think of it as dying,’ said Death. ‘Just think of leaving early to beat the rush.’
– Terry Pratchett: Good Omens

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I have been working as a full-time author publishing fantasy and science fiction novels for HarperCollins for the last seven years.

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