Monday, March 16, 1970

Author - Pratchett, Terry

Pratchett at CapClave 2011
Yes, I know it is a terrible picture.
Birth: April 28, 1948.

Death: March 12, 2015.

Comments: Terry Pratchett was a British fantasy author best know for his long-running Discworld series of humorous novels. Pratchett's work garnered him four Locus Awards, an Andre Norton Award, a Mythopoeic Award, a BSFA Award, and a Prometheus Award. During his lifetime, Pratchett received a World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement, was knighted by the British crown, and recieve ten honorary doctorates. After he was knighted, Pratchett even went to far as to make himself a sword.

In 2007, Pratchett was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and became an advocate for  funding research about the condition. Concerned about his future, Pratchett also became an outspoken advocate for assisted suicide, although he died before it became necessary for him to seriously consider taking such an action himself.

Pratchett was an author that other authors idolized. In 2011, he made a surprise unscheduled appearance at CapClave. The entire convention came to a halt. Authors abandoned their panels to go see Pratchett speak and hear a reading from his latest novel. Virtually every convention attendee packed into a small room to hear this frail, fragile man speak about his life, and his hopes and fears for the future, and hear the words he had written. There are some moments in life that are magical, and this was one of them.

There is a website dedicated to his work named Terry Pratchett Books. There is also a Facebook page and a Twitter account still dedicated to him.

My reviews of Terry Pratchett's books:

Other books by Terry Pratchett that I have read but not reviewed:

Short fiction by Terry Pratchett appearing in works that I have reviewed:

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