Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66
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Quote:Sir Terry Pratchett, fantasy author and creator of the Discworld series, has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

"The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay of his publishers Transworld.

The author died at home, surrounded by his family, "with his cat sleeping on his bed", he added.

Sir Terry wrote more than 70 books during his career and completed his final book last summer.

He "enriched the planet like few before him" and through Discworld satirised the world "with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention," said Mr Finlay.

"Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an 'embuggerance', as he called it) publicly and bravely," said Mr Finlay.

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There was nobody like him”

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"Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come."

Sir Terry leaves wife Lyn and daughter Rhianna.

The announcement of his death was made on Sir Terry's Twitter account on Thursday afternoon, with Rhianna later writing: "Many thanks for all the kind words about my dad. Those last few tweets were sent with shaking hands and tear-filled eyes."

Despite campaigning for assisted suicide after his diagnosis, Sir Terry's publishers said he did not take his own life.

BBC News correspondent Nick Higham said: "I was told by the publishers his death was entirely natural and unassisted, even though he had said in the past he wanted to go at a time of his own choosing."

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RIP. Died far too soon, another victim of Alzheimer's. sad
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Aw, sad. sad Up till about 1998 I bought all his books and greatly enjoyed them. I´m curious now how many books I´m missing...

1 The Colour of Magic 1983
2 The Light Fantastic 1986
3 Equal Rites 1987
4 Mort 1987
5 Sourcery 1988
6 Wyrd Sisters 1988
7 Pyramids 1989
8 Guards! Guards! 1989
9 Eric 1990
10 Moving Pictures 1990
11 Reaper Man 1991
12 Witches Abroad 1991
13 Small Gods 1992
14 Lords and Ladies 1992
15 Men at Arms 1993
16 Soul Music 1994
17 Interesting Times 1994
18 Maskerade 1995
19 Feet of Clay 1996
20 Hogfather 1996
21 Jingo 1997
22 The Last Continent 1998
23 Carpe Jugulum 1998

- got all these. Which leaves me lacking:

24 The Fifth Elephant 1999
25 The Truth 2000
26 Thief of Time 2001
27 The Last Hero 2001
28 The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 2001
29 Night Watch 2002
30 The Wee Free Men 2003
31 Monstrous Regiment 2003
32 A Hat Full of Sky 2004
33 Going Postal 2004
34 Thud! 2005
35 Wintersmith 2006
36 Making Money 2007
37 Unseen Academicals 2009
38 I Shall Wear Midnight[16] 2010
39 Snuff 2011
40 Raising Steam 2013
41 The Shepherd's Crown[19]

Woah, 18! Perhaps one day I´ll bother catching up, but i don´t know. The political ´satire´ was getting a bit too obvious for my taste, everything getting very ´topical´, and I´ve moved on in general, maybe.

God, I only just discover that the cover artist Josh Kirby died in 2001, too! Bluddy ell.

Pratchett came to do a book-signing in Manchester one time, but it was while i was at school. My Mum went as a surprise, and got me his new book with a signature, and showed him a kind of map I´d drawn up of the Discworld. He wrote "Yo!" on this, and signed it as well. Big Grin Should be worth something one day, hehe! Obviously I´ll keep it, mostly to amuse myself with memories of an even more silly and immature self... Smile He asked my Mum why I hadn´t come myself, and when told I was at school, he said something like "why bother? There´ll be no good jobs to get!"

How prescient... LOL I shudda quit there and then!


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