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In 1988 I gave my copies of The Colour Of Magic, The Light Fan­tas­tic and Mort to a friend of mine who was go­ing to see Sir Terry when he went to a comic shop in Peter­bor­ough. The own­ers of the grotto- like shop had told me that he al­ways stopped by when he came through to sign a few copies of his books for them. I had to go to work but my friend went to the comic shop and Sir Terry signed my three books, fill­ing a whole page of each with his “killer best wishes from 10,000 leagues un­der the sea”.

That was 1988 and only us nerds knew who he was then. Over the years I bought and read all of his books, read­ing them at uni­ver­sity and then tak­ing them to oil rigs in var­i­ous other coun­tries. I re­mem­ber be­ing an­noyed at the syco­phancy over a cer­tain home- coun­ties mag­i­cal school­boy and not hav­ing read a word in the press about Sir Terry’s as­sas­sin- school ed­u­cated pharaoh Tep­pic – to name but one of many vi­brant char­ac­ters.

So thank you, Sir Terry; thank you for your char­ac­ters and your world and for tak­ing the time to go to a small comic shop and sign your books for us when any­one else would have stayed on the train at Peter­bor­ough sta­tion. You are no small god now and my thoughts are for your fam­ily.

Craig Bunting Thanks Chris, and thanks to all for your let­ters about Sir Terry. Meet­ing the man – par­tic­u­larly when he came to SFX Tow­ers to guest edit is­sue 196 – was a ca­reer high­light for many of the mag­a­zine team. Turn to page 60 for our full trib­ute.

Gone but never to be forgotten.

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