His ’embuggerance’, Sir Terry Pratchett dies at 66,

Posted: March 12, 2015 by tchannon in Obituary


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Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66

Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.


The author died at home “with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family,” Mr Finlay said.


Few people have no opinion on his work, one way or the other.

I found his work mixed, lovely concepts such as a line of time crackling across the countryside as time corrects, DEATH had a problem. I tend to think of him as similar to Douglas Adams, another early loss.

Long ago I had reason for an email conversation with Pratchett, this was before Internet email for most people, he was very up on technology. His intitial response was more than guarded, trouble was I had no idea who he was, apparently he sometimes had bother. This led to a puzzled initial conversation, no problem thereafter.

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  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    His fiction was and will be entertaining, unlike current reports from the Royal Society.

  2. tallbloke says:

    I remember he wrote something along the lines of:

    “You can write the most pithy commentary on social affairs and the state of humanity, but include one measly little dragon somewhere in the book and you get tossed into the ‘fantasy section’.”

    Vastly underrated for the depth of his thinking, he’ll be long remembered by the cogniscenti for his insight, humour, gentle mocking of authority and laissez faire individualaism.

    RIP Sir Terry.

  3. hunter says:

    RIP, Terry Pratchett

  4. CC Reader says:

    Which group will kill more people in the next year?
    A. The members of the CAGW religion.
    B. Radical Muslims.

  5. craigm350 says:

    Reblogged this on CraigM350 and commented:
    Questions must be asked of the Assassins’ Guild and anyone with links to Klach!!! 😉

    RIP Sir Terry


  6. TinyCO2 says:

    I read the first two Discworld books after one of them was read on Woman’s Hour back in about 1984. I then had to wait for some more. It was very unfair how little recognition he got, even once his books were regularly number one. In terms of imagination and cleverness they blew J K Rowling out of the water, although you had to keep on the ball to pick up the references.

    Very sad news. Dementia is a cruel condition. From personal experience I expect his family are both devastated and relieved. I’m not sure which is more traumatic a quick death or a slow one where your loved one departs a little more every day.

  7. AlecM says:

    Flatworld was of course a great warning against Buy -to-Let…:o)

  8. tchannon says:

    Terry Pratchett ‏@terryandrob 4h4 hours ago

    Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.

  9. tchannon says:

    It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66.

    Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers:

    “I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

    In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

    Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ’embuggerance’, as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

    My sympathies go out to Terry’s wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him.”

    Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with PCA1 in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.

    We ask that the family are left undisturbed at this distressing time.


  10. Bill Wagstick says:

    Cats are the source and carriers of Alzheimers

  11. tchannon says:

    Bill W. that implies a definite agent but I’ve not seen any solid evidence. I seem to recall he had dogs as well.

    I’d leave it in the air, not a good time to discuss maybe.

  12. tgmccoy says:

    Love that mysterious- and funny Discworld. Hope he found out where the giant turtle was heading….

  13. Brett Keane says:

    Yes, a brilliant and intriguing writer…….Thanks, Terry Brett

  14. dickon66 says:

    He will be sadly missed.
    An apt quote for this site (and, I suspect, most of us) – “The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it” – from Monstrous Regiment.

  15. CC Reader says: March 12, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    “Which group will kill more people in the next year?
    A. The members of the CAGW religion.
    B. Radical Muslims.”

    Z. Automobiles!

  16. tallbloke says:

  17. Bloke down the pub says:

    I possess all of the Discworld novels, plus a number of Terry’s other works. Prompted by one of his creations, the Librarian, he took a great interest in the protection of orangutans in the wild. It is ironic therefore that as a believer of cagw he then saw first hand the destruction wrought on the Indonesian rain forest by palm oil plantations all in the name of reducing carbon emissions.

  18. craigm350 says:

    Petition asks Death to bring Sir Terry Pratchett back:

    Because Terry Pratchett said this:
    “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.”


    Bring back Terry Pratchett


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  20. Max says:

    In 2007 interview with The Age, Pratchett, whose books are said to be the most often stolen in Britain, was quizzed on everything from his next novel to global warming.

    “He says we should paint every single roof white to offset the loss of polar ice’s reflectivity. It’s a simple, bold, global solution that bears the hallmark of someone who is used to creating worlds that work,” the interview said.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/terry-pratchett-author-of-the-discworld-novels-dies-aged-66-20150313-142rrs.html#ixzz3UKBFztcm

  21. tom0mason says:

    So long Terry, you amused so many.
    Forgive my indulgence in presenting this piece of doggerel —

    What was I saying…

    Misty instance, time is fleeting,
    What’s this hour you are keeping?
    And as moments slips away,
    Recollections go or stay?
    Can these memories sink so deep,
    That wisdom from them slowly seep?
    Obliterated character for this old timer.
    Soon subjugated by a thief, Alzheimer!