Terry Pratchett, Author of Discworld Novels Passes Away Aged 66
Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the famed Discworld series of novels passed away today, aged 66.
"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died," said Larry Finlay of Transworld Publishers. "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds. In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention. Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come. My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."
As Finlay said in his statement, Pratchett was a prolific writer and his whimsically comical Discworld novels became so popular they began attracting their very own fan conventions. Pratchett was of that rare breed of writers who are equally comfortable weaving yarns for children as they are creating tales complex enough for even the most demanding of adult minds.
It's hard to find someone who read one of Pratchett's novels and didn't go on to become a rabid fan of his work. My own personal fascination started when I picked up a copy of 'Eric' from my school library back in the early 90's. After that, I was hooked and although I cannot claim to have read all of his works, I struggle to recount one that I didn't fully enjoy or one that didn't make me laugh out loud at least once.
Pratchett's talent was recognized by a host of awards groups, and throughout his distinguished career he received some of the highest honors possible in the field of Science Fiction and Fantasy writing. Pratchett was also the recipient of a staggering nine honorary doctorates from various universities across Great Britain and Ireland.