Terry PraTch­eTT and dis­c­world

SFX - - Terry Pratchett / Trivia -

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.

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