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Legendary Fantasy Author Terry Pratchett Dies at 66

One of the world’s most renowned fantasy authors Sir Terry Pratchett has passed away at age 66. The beloved British writer had been struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease since being diagnosed almost eight years ago.

“I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds,” said Larry Finlay of his publisher Transworld Books in a statement. The author passed away at his home in England, surrounded by family, “with his cat sleeping on his bed,” he added.

Sir Terry wrote over 70 books throughout his 44-year career. His works are popular across the globe and have been translated into 37 different languages. The author completed his final novel last summer.

The final tweets from his official Twitter account were a wonderful, poignant nod to the characters he helped create:

The first book in his famous Discworld series, “The Colour of Magic,” was published in 1983. Set in the fictional Discworld, a flat disc set upon the backs of four elephants that ride a gigantic turtle, the series brilliantly blended mythology with the satirization of current affairs. More than 80 million books have been sold worldwide. Additionally, Sir Terry is also known for his wonderful apocalypse comedy Good Omens, co-written with Neil Gaiman.

Terry Pratchett knighted

Sir Terry was granted numerous accolades for his work over the years. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 and knighted for his services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours. The first Discworld book geared towards children, “The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents”, won the annual Carnegie Medal in 2001. Additionally, he received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010.

The author worked hard to bring attention to Alzheimer’s Disease in the years after his diagnosis. In partnership with the BBC, he filmed a two-part documentary chronicling his illness. Sir Terry also worked hard to increase funding for dementia research. A Just Giving page has been set up in his memory with all funds going to the Research Institute to the Care of Older People (RICE) for all those wishing to donate.

Terry Pratchett message

Sir Terry will be missed, but his work will live on through readers everywhere. As one of my favorite Discworld quotes goes, “No-one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away… The span of someone’s life, they say, is only the core of their actual existence.”

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  1. Jon Smith says:

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  2. ed says:

    An immense loss to the world of writing. Pratchett’s Discworld books colored my view of the world, and the people in it; and his warm, funny humanism that went along with the satire is something that I strive to in dealing with the everyday…
    His many works (and their adaptations)  will live on. And the towering accomplishment of the Discworld will remain as an incomplete* and fitting monument to the man.

    *stercus… what of that egg??

  3. Kate G. says:

    It hurts that he’s no longer here. His work is so important to me. I only hope he was ready to go. He was very vocal about wanting to go out on his own terms, and I hope he got that. 

  4. RRP says:

    The Turtle Moves…and sometimes it goes places you don’t want it to go. Thanks for all the words and worlds, Mr. Pratchett.

  5. RetroRosie says:

    I learned this when I got home after work today. Funny how you can miss someone so much when you’ve never even met. I know my sadness is just a little drop in the bucket that is being poured out for Sir Terry Today.