Discworld author Terry Pratchett died at home today, after almost a decade of struggle with a rare and especially embuggering variant Alzheimer’s disease called posterior cortical atrophy. As a memorial to one of the giants of modern fantasy, The Black Sword will attempt to compile a reasonably comprehensive set of resources about the late Mr. Pratchett and his works.
- Personal Memories
- Media Coverage
- Articles by Terry Pratchett
- Terry Pratchett: More Awesome Than I Realized
I have to admit that I’m not as conversant with his work, particularly his Discworld books. I haven’t read most of them. The only ones I recall reading are some of the Rincewind books: The Colour of Magic and Sourcery. I enjoyed them, but other books and authors grabbed my attention.
I’m currently reading Night Watch, though the graphic below, by Krzysztof Kietzman from suggests I might have been better served by starting with Guards! Guards!.
As you can see, Night Watch is pretty far along. I blame Rowan Cota for mentioning it, but only a little.
Believe it or not, my first exposure to Discworld was the PlayStation port of the MS-DOS point-and-click adventure with voice acting by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and the Third Doctor, John Pertwee.
Years later I went looking for more work by Neil Gaiman after reading Sandman and American Gods, and came across a little novel he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett called Good Omens in which a bungling Satanist nun switches the Antichrist at birth with a normal human child. The baby Antichrist, named Adam by his unsuspecting parents ends up telling Heaven and Hell alike to sod off – which is absolutely metal.
It’s because of Good Omens that I cared enough to tweet when I heard of Pratchett’s death, and why I’m writing this post. I don’t think Death ever said this in any of Pratchett’s books, but I thought it would be his style.
Terry Pratchett’s official Twitter account had the following to say, as you may already know.
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
The End.— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
PSJM Prints announced Terry’s death, and the following news outlets provided additional coverage:
- The Washington Post/Books: Terry Pratchett, author of ‘Discworld’ fantasy series, dies at 66
- The Guardian: Revisiting Terry Pratchett’s Discworld taught me why I love reading
- The Atlantic: Terry Pratchett’s Joyful, Absurd, Human Fantasy
- The Guardian/Comment is Free: Terry Pratchett was a true great, the equal of Swift
- rabble.ca/The Belle Jar: Terry Pratchett’s Anathema Device is feminist, fearless and just perfect
- The Guardian/Children’s books: A tribute to Terry Pratchett: your reviews
- Daily Record: Terry Pratchett: Top ten quotes from best-selling author
- Burton Mail: South Derbyshire’s connection to Sir Terry Pratchett is revealed
- The Independent: Terry Pratchett: My fellow campaigner will be hugely missed, but the fight for an assisted dying law must not end with him
- Bangor Daily News/Living: Terry Pratchett, author of fantasy “Discworld” novels, dies at 66
- Third Sector: Stephen Cook: Remembering Terry Pratchett
- Patheos/Sermons from the Mound: Terry Pratchett: an accidental Pagan theologian
- Aiken Standard/Entertainment: Fantasy author Terry Pratchett dies at 66
- ABC News/Entertainment: Publisher Says Fantasy Author Terry Pratchett Dies at 66 After Battle With Alzheimer’s
- Gulf News: Discworld author Terry Pratchett dead at 66: publisher
- Sun Times: 19 Terry Pratchett quotes to remember
- BBC News: Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66
- Swindon Advertiser: Tributes paid to Sir Terry Pratchett, 66
- Plymouth Herald: Terry Pratchett in Plymouth - did you meet famous author?
- The Chronicle: Vegemite, Milo and Terry Pratchett’s Garden City ‘visit’
- Bucks Free Press: John Hampden Grammar School pays tribute to Beaconsfield-born author Sir Terry Pratchett
- WSHU: Terry Pratchett, Prolific Fantasy Author, Dies At 66
- Business Times: British author Terry Pratchett dies aged 66
- Business Times: Alas, Sir Terry, we no longer walk together
- Daily Echo: Sir Terry Pratchett dies aged 66
- The Metro: eBay seller tries to capitalise on Terry Pratchett’s Alzheimer’s
- Sunday Express: Terry Pratchett brought dementia out of the shadows – we owe it to him to find a cure
- Doctor Who TV: Pratchett and Who: A Missed Opportunity
- Patheos: Terry Pratchett’s Morals and Magic [Radio Readings]
Articles by Terry Pratchett
The following are pieces by Terry Pratchett himself re-issued to mark his passing.
- Times Higher Education: Terry Pratchett: A collegiate casting-out of devilish devices
- The Guardian: ‘A butt of my own jokes’: Terry Pratchett on the disease that finally claimed him
The following sites provide information on Terry Pratchett and his work.
- Terry Pratchett’s Website
- Discworld Emporium: Not In Ankh-Morpork
- Wikipedia: Discworld
- The Discworld & Terry Pratchett Wiki
- Discworld Games
- The Discworld Monthly Newsletter
- Transworld Books
- Scholastic Teachers
- Neil Gaiman on Terry Pratchett
- The Guardian: Terry Pratchett in quotes: 15 of the best
Terry Pratchett: More Awesome Than I Realized
I might have read this before, but Terry Pratchett smelted his own iron, including some meteoric iron, and forged his own sword. That makes Pratchett metal.