Terry PraTcheTT and discworld
sir Terry Pratchett was one of the most widely read authors in the world. he sold more than 85 million copies of his books, was knighted and maintained a work rate that was intimidating to say the least. Two books a year was not a rarity – and in some years he published three. it’s not hyperbole to say he was a genius.
and yet, that’s not why we hold him in such high regard. we enjoy his writing because of its sense of humour and gentle morality, and we admire the man because he stood for things. whether it was trying to save endangered animals or raising awareness of alzheimer’s disease – his “embuggerance” – Terry used his influence and wealth to make the world better.
and he was one of us. while his profile only ever rose, he remained a part of the sFF community. he’d go to cons, sign autographs and spend many hours with fans.
The news of Terry’s passing on 12 March this year was a shock. But while we remain sad that the man is no longer with us, his work lives on. and within hours of his passing, fans had raised thousands for charity. inspiring people to make the world a bit better – that’s his true legacy. Thank you for the good times, Terry.