Terry Pratchett has just died aged 66 after a long battle with Alzheimers Disease.
The librarian and myself are really upset
sad, I love the Ringworld outtakes... on the other hand, suffering from Alzheimer's is probably one of the most horrible fates one can encounter, I'd go as far as saying that I'd prefer death, if I was affected.
EDIT: I meant Discworld, actually, although Ringworls by Niven is worth a read too...
Was gutted to read the news of this just now.
Loved his books, played a great part in my view on the world too...
even to the point he influenced some of the stuff I wrote at the time... but the rave scene helped there too LOL
Well, Looks like anticipation mounted and rode off into that final sunset... it never was one to stick around when things got interesting....
Currently http://www.discworld.com is redirecting to http://127.0.0.1/ - aka home
already a thread on this. RIP
Today I am genuinely sad. His humour has been the source of many a belly lugh from me, and his level of insight into society, religion and people were always wildly under rated. Id hope he's remembered as the amazeing philosopher he clearly was, as well asone of the funniest men to ever put pen to paper.
RIP old man. I hope the Death of Rats showed up for your goodbye too.
A few more quotes:
If you've never read pratchett, just try it. But start at the beginning. See the man grow, his style develop and the wonderful world he created evolve
Oh this is terrible.I hope he is at peace.One of my favorite authors. I have my own library of nearly 1200 books now. I have most of his. Ringworld really was so much fun growing up.I like to reread them even now.
Ringworld was Larry Niven and damn fine books they are too, well worth a movie or 3 in their own right.Ringworld, Ringworld Engineers and The Puppeteers. Haven't read 'em? Do so, you'll be richer for it, they're not huge tomes either...
Discworld however was always a wonderful idea Check out some of the live action stuff that's been made as adaptations form the books like The Hogfather, Postal, The Colour of Magic and a few others, there's also a number of animated adaptations too, should be out there on the wires somewhere!
you're right, of course. I mixed up the two, Discworld is much better (well, funnier, actually) anyway.
He wrote so many it's hard to have a favorite!
DEATH is a natural favorite for many as is Rincewind, the Luggage, well, who couldn't love luggage like that! Loyal to fault, even if your carrier loses it, it will return LOL
Ah too many characters worth a mention including Granny Weatherwax ... aye, Terry will be sadly missed
for some reason, I think my favourite would be "Strata" from 1981, since it had a bit of more sci-fi theme, while still being related more or less closely to the Discworld series (and much inspired by Niven´ s "Ringworld".
In respect of pterry - the headers of the cloud and gethashing.com have been modified to add in
header set X-Clacks-Overhead "GNU Terry Pratchett"
It keeps getting to me.. Nice gesture.