10 aMaZ­inG FacTs aBoUT Terry PraTch­eTT

SFX - - Terry Pratchett / Trivia -

1 Terry’s first pub­lished work was a short story, “The hades Busi­ness”. he sold it to Science Fan­tasy mag­a­zine at the age of 15, but it was ac­tu­ally writ­ten two years pre­vi­ously. 2 at the age of 17 he got a job as a trainee re­porter. within a few hours on the job he’d al­ready seen his first dead body. “That’s when i learned you can go on throw­ing up af­ter you run out of things to throw up,” he later said. 3 although he was al­ready writ­ing nov­els, Pratch­ett didn’t want to aban­don the safety of a full- time job, so he took the role of a press of­fi­cer with re­spon­si­bil­ity for three nu­clear power sta­tions. with typ­i­cal “good” tim­ing it came just af­ter the melt­down of the re­ac­tor at Three Mile is­land in the United states.

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ter­rypratch­etti is a species of fos­silised sea tur­tle first dis­cov­ered in 1995. it was named by robert Kohler in hon­our of his favourite au­thor. 5 Pratch­ett was named an oBe in 1998 and was knighted for ser­vices to literature in the 2009 new year hon­ours list. 6 Terry was the best­selling au­thor in the UK through the ’ 90s un­til 2005 – and re­mains the coun­try’s most shoplifted! his books are trans­lated into 36 dif­fer­ent lan­guages. 7 in 2010 he was granted his own coat of arms. They fea­ture an owl, an ankh and the motto “noli Timere Mes­sorem” – which, trans­lated, means “don’t fear the reaper”. 8 The same year, he forged his own sword. with the help of ex­perts he con­structed a kiln, gath­ered 81kg of iron ore and pieces of me­te­orite and smelted it him­self. 9 he do­nated a lot of money to alzheimer’s char­i­ties. in 2007 he gave $ 1 mil­lion to the alzheimer’s re­search Trust. The day af­ter his death, fans had raised £ 28,000 for his cho­sen char­ity, The re­search in­sti­tute for the care of older Peo­ple ( rice). 10 and, of course, he wrote a lot of books. Too many to list here, in fact, but in­clud­ing: 41 dis­c­world nov­els; four

Science Of Dis­c­world books ( with Pro­fes­sor ian stewart and dr Jack co­hen); the Truck­ers tril­ogy; the Johnny Maxwell tril­ogy; the Long Earth quar­tet ( with stephen Bax­ter); six stand­alone nov­els ( The Car­pet Peo­ple, The Dark Side Of The Sun, Strata,

Na­tion, Dodger and Good Omens, with neil Gaiman); The Unadul­ter­ated Cat; Where’s My Cow; Dragons At Crum­bling Castle; an an­thol­ogy of short sto­ries; a col­lec­tion of non- fic­tion; and var­i­ous maps, di­aries and com­pan­ion vol­umes.

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