Terry Pratchett, author of Discworld series, dies at 66

I’ll be blunt, we’ve lost many iconic figures in entertainment this year. But what is special is that these individuals have left a legacy in which we can appreciate their craft. Sir Terry Pratchett, known for his work on the Discworld series of novels and also his collaboration with Neil Gaiman on Good Omen, has passed away today at the age of 66.

Announced on Terry’s Facebook page, many colleagues and fans shared their condolences. Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers, shared some thoughts through Paul Kidby‘s website (Paul Kidby is recognized for his collaborative work as an artist for Terry’s Discworld):

I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. 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.”
Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA [Posterior cortical atrophy] in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.

We ask that the family are left undisturbed at this distressing time.

From Twitter:

On a personal level, Terry’s work has the fun and dry humor that has that satirical edge, a recognition that is shared with my book-reading peers and cements an impact on readers. While Terry’s material is predominantly fantasy, it does not follow an epic flow reminiscent of Tolkien, it is smart and quick witted. If I were to put his Discworld flavor in a mainstream Dungeons & Dragons campaign, it would be in Eberron (with Forgotten Realms being a close second). And being a big PC Gamer, I wanted to acknowledge the Discworld game that was published in the mid-90s that was based on The Colour of Magic novel.

Before Terry’s passing, he finished work on The Shepherd’s Crown in his Discworld series which is set to being published in September 2015, making this his 41st and final novel in the series. Regardless of his physical ailments, Terry is truly a man of creativity and resolve. And aside from Discworld, early Winter 2014 marked the release of the radio series based on Good Omens and is available on BBC 4.

You were not going to leave this article without me giving you more of his legacy to cherish. 😉

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