Farewell, Sir Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015

The blog class was sad to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died on last Thursday,  March 12, 2015.  

For those who don’t know, Terry Pratchett was an wonderful fantasy author. He wrote over 70 great novels, including the widely acclaimed series, The Discworld books. Terry’s career spanned over 40 years. At the turn of the century, Terry was the second most read author in the world, behind J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books.

Pratchett’s first novel, The Hades Business, was published when he was 15 or 16. He first wrote it when he was 13.

Pratchett was best known for The Discworld books. They started in 1983 and are about a flat world perched on the backs of four elephants that stand on the back of a giant turtle. Interesting, huh? :)

The tweets posted by his representatives following his death were references and tributes to Pratchett’s novels like “AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER,” , “Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night,” and “The end.” These posts explained that he was dead, but were written in a way that Sir Terry would have liked.

Terry Pratchett had Alzheimer's disease since 2007 and had recently mentioned that he wouldn’t be writing anymore novels, but readers did not expect him to die so soon.  

Pratchett left behind words to his fans and followers. Pratchett advised that writing is a hard field to be in, and that writers must "make grammar, punctuation and spelling a part of your life.” He once said that his fans are “everything to him” and he loved knowing that his books meant something to other people. His fans are not restricted by gender or age, and he has a very large fan-base.

Despite all sadness surrounding his death, we can and should honor his memory and legacy by reading his novels and series. (You can also recognize him by keeping an eye out for his new book, which he wrote before his death but is unpublished, The Shepherd's Crown! That will be the last book EVER written by him.) I know that I certainly will!

-Mara ‘16