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His publisher tweeted “The world has lost one of our greatest, sharpest minds.” Terry Pratchett died this morning in bed while sleeping with this cat. He is one of the most beloved writers of any generation with a wit and sense of humor that comes across as Mark Twain meets JRR Tolkien. His passing today at the age of 66 is a terrible loss, not only to genre fiction but, to the world as a creative, interesting place.
Pratchett’s wit and wisdom is boundless. There is a reason that many critics have called him the greatest satirist of his generation. Writing over 70 books in his career, his work on the Discworld series to his incredible collaboration with Neil Gaiman (Good Omens), Pratchett proved time and time again that with enough light, we could find the humor in anything.
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
“Imagination, not intelligence, made us human.”
“Life doesn’t happen in chapters – at least, not regular ones.”
“While a book has to be worthwhile from the point of view of a reader, it has to be worthwhile from the point of view of the writer as well.”
“I don’t mind authority, but not authoritarian authority. After all, the bus driver is allowed to be the boss of the bus, but if he’s bad at driving, he’s not going to be the bus driver anymore.”
“I don’t think I’ve found god, I think I’ve found where gods come from.”
Pratchett’s eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease was responsible for the sad decline of his health and, eventually, his passing. His disease did not kill Pratchett’s wit though. On his blog about dementia, he accused the government of “pussy-footing around Alzheimer’s research,” and donated, himself, over $500,000 to research for the disease. “There’s more money floating around the government for research, but barely enough to buy a middling premier league striker. If we’re serious about this thing and want to match the fanfare with the funding, then more money needs to be found down the back of David Cameron’s sofa.”
The Discworld series is not lost. Lyn Purves, Pratchett’s wife, plans on taking over writing of the series and sees herself, not as the owner of Discworld but, as the series’s “custodian.”
For a life that had no chapters, Pratchett’s own story had only a beginning and an end with an endless denouement in the middle. The final tweet from his Twitter account read simply, “The End.”