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Sir Terry Pratchett, best selling science fiction and fantasy author of the Discworld series passed away today, he was 66 years old. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2007, but still continued writing, finishing his final Discworld book last year. He passed away at his family home.

Transworld Publishing‘s Larry Finlay released this statement:

I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ‘embuggerance’, as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry’s wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him.

The Terry Pratchett Twitter account of Terry Pratchett & Rob Wilkins tweeted this series of tweets today:

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Pratchett was knighted in 2009, two years after his initial Alzheimer diagnosis. Pratchett has this to say at his knighthood ceremony:

It would appear to me that me getting up and saying ‘I’ve got Alzheimer’s’, it did shake people. The thing about Alzheimer’s is there are few families that haven’t been touched by the disease. People come up to me and talk about it and burst into tears; there’s far more awareness about it and that was really what I hoped was going to happen.

His wit and satirical prose will be missed. Do you have a favorite Pratchett novel to recommend? Mine would have to be Going Postal or his work with Neil Gaiman on Good Omens.

Via: BBC

Category: Books, Nerd Culture

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