This has not been a good month for geekdom. First we lost Leonard Nimoy, then Harrison Ford was in a plane crash. We all watched the search anxiously for Norman Lee only to finally admit that he was gone, then Sid Haig was admitted to hospital. It is not even half way through the month and tragedy strikes again with the death of Sir Terry Pratchett.
The fantastic fantasy author, known to many of us as the creator of Discworld, died today at the age of 66. He was surrounded by family and, according to his publisher, “with his cat sleeping on his bed.”
Eight years ago Sir Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and was said to bravely and publicly face it. Terry Pratchett wrote more than 70 books during his career and with his final book being completed last summer.
Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen and he used that money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel was published in 1971 by Colin Smythe and was called The Carpet People. The first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, was published in 1983 and in 1987, he became a full-time writer. He has written numerous books, with over 40 books in his Discworld series alone.
Sir Terry leaves behind his wife Lyn and daughter Rhianna, who wrote, “ Many thanks for all the kind words about my dad. Those last few tweets were sent with shaking hands and tear-filled eyes.”
Sir Terry was a strong proponent of assisted Seleucid claiming that he wanted to go at a time of own choosing, however Sir Terry’s publishers claim that he did not take his own life.
Farewell Sir Terry, you will be missed, but remembered by all.