Thursday, March 12, 2015

Terry Pratchett dead at 66

Three Twitter posts on Mr. Pratchett’s account on Thursday described his demise in imitation of his fiction.

 “AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER,” the first said. “Terry took death’s arm and followed him through the doors and onto the black desert under the endless night,” the second said.

The third said simply, “The End.”

It may be the eve of St. Pat's day but this part Irish woman is not smiling. Terry Pratchett is dead at 66 and the world just became a lot more glum and a lot less interesting.

 They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance. Terry Pratchett

He created the world that I wanted to live in and whose characters are as dear to me as my family. In many ways, they were the family that I would have chosen, Rincewind, the luggage, the Wyrd Sisters..

 He was a class act all the way - honest about having Alzheimer's, courageous enough to say he would chose euthanasia when the time was right and working, delighting, creating right up to the end.

He even tweeted his own obit:

Many have picked up on the fact that Pratchett's Twitter account actually tweeted a link to a press release announcing his death. In fact, shortly after the author's death, four messages appeared, one after the other, creating a short-short story. The last tweet said, appropriately, "The End."

There was nobody like him:

Quotes to remember:

 For those who want the lowdown on St. Patrick's day festivities:


Zoomie said...

This is an author of whom I have never heard! I must explore! Do you have a recommendation of which of his works to begin with?

nancy namaste said...

I hardly know where to tell you to start - his first 4 or 5 books are good and I love all of the books about the Wyrd Sisters. But he really hit his stride when he moved into books that were a combination of fantasy and satire of our modern world - .