The beloved Discworld fantasy series author, Terry Pratchett died on Thursday after battling Alzheimer’s disease for many years at age 66.
Pratchett was born April 28, 1948 in Beaconsfield; He has stated that he read the entire dictionary as a child. Pratchett has credited Beaconsfield Public Library with the bulk of his education as he was the only child and self-described indifferent student.
Pratchett first book, The Carpet People has been published in 1971 with the small press Colin Smythe Limited, after the popularity of his books compelled him to move to a larger press Colin Smythe became Pratchett’s long-time literary agent.
The comic Apocalypse novel Good Omens, collaboration with Neil Gaiman was from the several non-Discworld books for the prolific writer, Terry Pratchett. He was made Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998, and knighted for his services to literature in 2009.
One of “Brightest, sharpest minds” of the world was the description of his publisher, Transworld.
He has 20 quotable quotes on the universe, life and everything, for example:
* If you are going to write, say, fantasy – stop reading fantasy. You’ve already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because if you only read fantasy and then you start to write fantasy, all you’re going to do is recycle the same old stuff and move it around a bit.
*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.