Terry Pratchett (April 28, 1948 - March 12, 2015)
Born: 28th April, 1948
Died: 12th March, 2015
Nationality: English
Profession/Occupation: Author
Region: Beaconsfield, England, near Salisbury
Notable works: "The Colour of Magic", "Dodger", "The Shepherd's Crown", "The Long War", Discworld series, "The Long Earth", "Carpet People, The"

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Terry Pratchett, in full Sir Terence David John Pratchett, (born April 28, 1948, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England--died March 12, 2015, near Salisbury, Wiltshire), English author, predominantly of humorous fantasy and science fiction, best known for his Discworld series.

Pratchett was raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of an engineer and a secretary. He became enamoured with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and published his first story, "The Hades Business," in a school magazine in 1961. The story was published commercially two years later in Science Fantasy magazine. At age 17 Pratchett left school in order to pursue a career in journalism. About this time he began working on his first novel, The Carpet People, which was published in 1971 (it was heavily revised and republished in 1992). The lighthearted tale, aimed at children, centres on the exploits of two brothers who live inside a carpet and battle the evil concept of Fray.

Pratchett continued to work in newspaper journalism and then in public relations throughout the 1970s and most of the '80s. He published two more stand-alone novels, The Dark Side of the Sun (1976) and Strata (1981), before the first book in his Discworld series, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. The series continued with The Light Fantastic (1986), which was quickly followed by Equal Rites (1986) and Mort (1987). In 1987 Pratchett left his office job to become a full-time writer.

Pratchett's Discworld series, a collection of satirical fantasy novels set on a disc-shaped world that rests on the backs of four giant elephants atop a humongous turtle, proved wildly popular worldwide, and he published one or more nearly every year into the early 21st century. The series also spawned video games, plays, television adaptations, and several supplemental volumes, including books of maps of the Discworld. While the bulk of the series was aimed at an adult audience, it was also popular with children, and Pratchett penned several novels that were set on the Discworld and aimed specifically at a younger audience.

In addition to those in the Discworld universe, Pratchett published several other novels for children, notably the Bromeliad trilogy (1989-90), about four-inch-high aliens living on Earth, and the Johnny Maxwell trilogy (1992-96), about a young video game aficionado who finds himself in fantastic situations. Dodger (2012) relays the adventures of a young man in Victorian London, where he encounters a Dickensian array of characters--among them Charles Dickens himself. The Long Earth (2012; with Stephen Baxter) and The Long War (2013; also with Baxter) concern the ramifications of the discovery that humans can access numerous parallel Earths. Dragons at Crumbling Castle (2014) was a collection of comic children's stories about a young boy's attempts to defeat a group of dragons.

In 2007 Pratchett was diagnosed with posterior cortical atrophy, a variant of early-onset Alzheimer disease. He subsequently became an outspoken advocate for Alzheimer research and awareness, donating $1 million to the cause and appearing in a 2009 BBC documentary about his life with the disease. Although his illness affected his ability to read and write, Pratchett continued to regularly publish books, and in 2010 he became an adjunct professor of English at the University of Dublin. A Slip of the Keyboard (2014) amalgamated some of his earlier nonfiction writings with musings on his Alzheimer diagnosis and invectives about contemporary social ills. He died in 2015, and his final Discworld book, The Shepherd's Crown, was published later that year. In 2017, as per Pratchett's wishes, his uncompleted works were destroyed--his computer hard drive, which contained as many as 10 unfinished novels, was smashed by a steamroller and then run through a stone crusher.

Pratchett was the recipient of numerous honours and awards for his work. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted in 2009.

Top 143 Terry Pratchett quotes

Writing is the most fun you can have by yourself.
Fun
Most
Writing
You
Yourself
Only in our dreams are we free. The rest of the time we need wages.
Dreams
Free
Need
Only
Our
Our dreams
Rest
Time
Wages
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
Build
Day
Fire
He
His
Life
Man
Rest
Set
Warm
Five exclamation marks, the sure sign of an insane mind.
Exclamation
Five
Insane
Marks
Mind
Sign
Sure
Sure sign
He was the sort of person who stood on mountaintops during thunderstorms in wet copper armour shouting 'All the Gods are bastards.'
Bastards
Copper
Gods
He
Person
Shouting
Sort
Stood
Wet
Who
You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise. I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.
Could
Give
Look
Mean
Meaningful
Them
Tortoise
Trample
You
They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it's not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.
Bad
Dangerous
Dangerous thing
Half
Ignorance
Knowledge
Little
Lot
One half
Say
They say
Thing
Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong.
Anywhere
Bicycle
Could
Course
Exercise
Fantasy
Might
Mind
Muscles
Take
Tones
Up
Wrong
You
Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong.
Amazingly
Because
Fail
Go
Happens
Large
Large number
Number
Opera
Things
Wrong
Freedom without limits is just a word.
Freedom
Just
Limits
Without
Word
I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
About
Any
Box
Encouraging
Enthusiastic
Evidence
Going
Inside
More
Outside
Thinking
My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.
Aim
Amsterdam
Avoiding
Being
Bell
Concept
Experience
Foreign
Hell
Like
Loudly
Pedestrian
People
Rage
I have, before now, waited for a pen to perform a macro.
Before
Now
Pen
Perform
Waited
I think perhaps the most important problem is that we are trying to understand the fundamental workings of the universe via a language devised for telling one another when the best fruit is.
Another
Best
Fruit
Fundamental
I think
Important
Language
Most
Perhaps
Problem
Telling
The most important
Think
Trying
Personally, I think the best motto for an educational establishment is: 'Or Would You Rather Be a Mule?'
Best
Educational
Establishment
I think
Motto
Mule
Personally
Rather
Think
Would
You
This isn't life in the fast lane, it's life in the oncoming traffic.
Fast
Fast lane
Lane
Life
Traffic
I mean, I wouldn't pay more than a couple of quid to see me, and I'm me.
Couple
Me
Mean
More
Pay
See
Than
Never trust any complicated cocktail that remains perfectly clear until the last ingredient goes in, and then immediately clouds.
Any
Clear
Clouds
Cocktail
Complicated
Goes
Immediately
Ingredient
Last
Never
Perfectly
Perfectly clear
Remains
Then
I didn't go to university. Didn't even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did.
Did
Even
Go
Sympathy
Those
University
Who
'Educational' refers to the process, not the object. Although, come to think of it, some of my teachers could easily have been replaced by a cheeseburger.
Although
Been
Cheeseburger
Come
Could
Easily
Educational
Object
Process
Replaced
Some
Teachers
Think
Over the centuries, mankind has tried many ways of combating the forces of evil... prayer, fasting, good works and so on. Up until Doom, no one seemed to have thought about the double-barrel shotgun. Eat leaden death, demon.
About
Centuries
Death
Demon
Doom
Eat
Evil
Fasting
Forces
Good
Good works
Mankind
Many
No-one
Mind you, the Elizabethans had so many words for the female genitals that it is quite hard to speak a sentence of modern English without inadvertently mentioning at least three of them.
English
Female
Had
Hard
Inadvertently
Least
Many
Mind
Modern
Quite
Sentence
Speak
Them
Three
Go on, prove me wrong. Destroy the fabric of the universe. See if I care.
Care
Destroy
Fabric
Go
I care
Me
Prove
See
Universe
Wrong
I think I would like to go into modelling. Of course, I don't know how to do it, and wouldn't be any good at it if I did, so I'm going to employ someone to walk the catwalks on my behalf. It would still be me, of course.
Any
Behalf
Course
Did
Employ
Go
Going
Good
How
I think
Know
Like
Me
Modelling
Eight years involved with the nuclear industry have taught me that when nothing can possible go wrong and every avenue has been covered, then is the time to buy a house on the next continent.
Avenue
Been
Buy
Continent
Covered
Eight
Every
Go
Has-been
House
Industry
Involved
Me
Next
Dickens, as you know, never got round to starting his home page.
Dickens
Got
His
Home
Know
Never
Page
Round
Starting
You
You can't remember the plot of the Dr Who movie because it didn't have one, just a lot of plot holes strung together. It did have a lot of flashing lights, though.
Because
Did
Dr
Flashing
Flashing lights
Holes
Just
Lights
Lot
Movie
Plot
Remember
Though
Together
If it wasn't for the fun and money, I really don't know why I'd bother.
Bother
Fun
Know
Money
Really
Why
In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
Beginning
Exploded
In the beginning
Nothing
Which
Sooner or later we're all someone's dog.
Dog
Later
Someone
Sooner
Sooner or later
The truth may be out there, but lies are inside your head.
Head
Inside
Lies
May
Out
Truth
Your
Everything starts somewhere, although many physicists disagree.
Although
Disagree
Everything
Many
Physicists
Somewhere
Starts
Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.
Demanding
Just
Money
Sophisticated
Taxation
Way
Sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness.
Better
Curse
Darkness
Light
Sometimes
Than
In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.
Ancient
Ancient times
Cats
Forgotten
Gods
Times
Were
Worshipped
The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.
Mightier
Pen
Sharp
Short
Sword
Than
Very
The intelligence of the creature known as a crowd, is the square root of the number of people in it.
Creature
Crowd
Intelligence
Known
Number
People
Root
Square
It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living.
Before
Die
Eyes
Fact
In fact
Life
Living
Often
Passes
Said
True
You
Your
Most gods throw dice, but Fate plays chess, and you don't find out til too late that he's been playing with two queens all along.
Along
Been
Chess
Dice
Fate
Find
Gods
He
Late
Most
Out
Playing
Plays
Queens
Genius is always allowed some leeway, once the hammer has been pried from its hands and the blood has been cleaned up.
Allowed
Always
Been
Blood
Cleaned
Genius
Hammer
Hands
Has-been
Once
Some
Up
It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewere, would much rather you weren't doing.
Doing
Much
Rather
Someone
Something
Unless
Were
Worth
Would
You
The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
Along
Coming
Course
Having
Insist
Mind
Open
Open mind
People
Put
Things
Trouble
Trying
Will
Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.
Always
Anything
Darkness
Fast
Faster
Finds
First
Got
How
Light
Matter
Than
Thinks
Travels
I regarded finding I had a form of Alzheimer's as an insult and decided to do my best to marshal any kind of forces I could against this wretched disease. I have posterior cortical atrophy or PCA. They say, rather ingenuously, that if you have Alzheimer's it's the best form of Alzheimer's to have.
Against
Alzheimer
Any
Atrophy
Best
Could
Decided
Disease
Finding
Forces
Form
Had
Insult
Kind
I know three people who have got better after a brain tumour. I haven't heard of anyone who's got better from Alzheimer's.
After
Alzheimer
Anyone
Better
Brain
Got
Heard
Know
People
Three
Who
It seems that when you have cancer you are a brave battler against the disease, but when you have Alzheimer's you are an old fart. That's how people see you. It makes you feel quite alone.
Against
Alone
Alzheimer
Brave
Cancer
Disease
Fart
Feel
How
Makes
Old
People
Quite
See
The baby boomers are getting older, and will stay older for longer. And they will run right into the dementia firing range. How will a society cope? Especially a society that can't so readily rely on those stable family relationships that traditionally provided the backbone of care?
Baby
Baby boomers
Backbone
Boomers
Care
Cope
Dementia
Family
Firing
Getting
Getting older
How
Longer
Older
The ideal death, I think, is what was the ideal Victorian death, you know, with your grandchildren around you, a bit of sobbing. And you say goodbye to your loved ones, making certain that one of them has been left behind to look after the shop.
After
Around
Been
Behind
Bit
Certain
Death
Goodbye
Grandchildren
Has-been
I think
Ideal
Know
Left
You can't die with an unfinished book.
Book
Die
Unfinished
You
It seems sensible to me that we should look to the medical profession, that over the centuries has helped us to live longer and healthier lives, to help us die peacefully among our loved ones in our own home without a long stay in God's waiting room.
Among
Centuries
Die
God
Healthier
Help
Helped
Home
Live
Lives
Long
Longer
Look
Loved

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