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Shaking Hands with Death

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June 30th, 2015

Shaking Hands with Death, Sir Terry Pratchett

‘Most men don’t fear death. They fear those things – the knife, the shipwreck, the illness, the bomb – which precede, by microseconds if you’re lucky, and many years if you’re not, the moment of death.’ You may have seen it on BBC1 or read it in A Slip of the Keyboard and now on [...]

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Tributes to Sir Terry Pratchett

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March 31st, 2015

Sir Terry Pratchett

No writer in my lifetime has given me as much pleasure and happiness. He could do knockabout for schoolboys (and girls) but he was also subtle and wise and very funny in the adult world. I loved him because almost all the characters he didn’t like slowly grew more real, more interesting, more complicated perhaps [...]

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Terry Pratchett Forced to Cancel Appearance

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July 3rd, 2014

Dear Discworld Convention Attendees, I have been putting off writing this little announcement for quite some time and on good days thought I wouldn’t have to write it at all.  However, it is with great reluctance that I have to tell you all that I will not be able to attend the upcoming UK Discworld [...]

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Terry Pratchett as Just William: Authors dress up as their favourite characters

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July 3rd, 2014

Here’s the thing: Terry is not a writer – he doesn’t write anymore. His condition means he effectively speaks the word into text with [his assistant] Rob’s help. In a funny way, I think that has freed his imagination even more and all around him are details and objects from other worlds – maps of [...]

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Collaborating with Terry Pratchett, by Stephen Baxter

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June 5th, 2014

My collaboration with Terry Pratchett on the books that became the Long Earth series came about because of shared enthusiasms. Terry has always been a science fiction fan. He has fond memories of meeting Arthur C Clarke at a convention when Terry was around 16. And two of his early novels were full-blooded SF, The [...]

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Terry Pratchett: Those of us with dementia need a little help from our friends

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May 22nd, 2014

Terry writes for The Guardian about writing with dementia, and society’s marginalisation of those with the condition. ‘A few years ago, my novel Dodger took the reader back to times long gone to meet famous names of fact and fiction, and brought them together on a journey – ultimately – of chivalry. Enduring danger and [...]

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Review: New Terry Pratchett Novel is a Series of Tubers

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June 13th, 2012

Sir Terry Pratchett first came up with the idea of the Long Earth multiverse back in 1986. He set it aside to focus on Discworld. The 75 million copies sold of those wildly popular fantasy novels would indicate that this was a pretty good idea…

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