News that must surely be on the front page of the Ankh-Morpork Times, Sir Terry Pratchett, creator and author of the Discworld series among others, has passed away aged 66.
A talented and prolific writer, who happens to be one of our favourites, who managed to capture in his own unique style the essence and truth about a lot of our world, in a way that made it accessible and entertaining. He managed, probably through sheer genius, to create a multitude of wonderful and memorable characters, who made us laugh, cry, wince, and roll our eyes.
Sir Terry was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2007, though he didn’t let that stop him from continuing to produce the words and works that we all loved him for. I think at this time it important that we think, not only of the man, and his great achievements, but also about the condition that, I guess, ultimately took him away from us. Alzheimer’s is a condition that affects many, many people in the world today, and while research is going on intently into it (Ironically an announcement about a possible new treatment for this condition was announced yesterday by the University of Queensland) we still have a long, long way to go before we are able to successfully treat it.
The fact that while Sir Terry lost his ability to write and type, he still managed to find a way to get his words of wisdom onto the page for us to read. I think that shows a great deal of intelligence, fortitude and courage. And possibly a degree of thanks for his readers who have shown him such appreciation over the years. He knew we wanted more, and he did everything he could to provide that for us.
He will be missed, especially by those who write and read fantasy.
The link below is to a page of some quotes of his, both from his written works and other sources. Some are poignant, some are thoughtful, while others are just plain hilarious.