Thursday, December 13, 2007

Terry Pratchett

In my non-Notable reading years I am a bit of an SF geek. I particularly like Space Opera, cyber-punk and anything that has humor. One of my favorites is Terry Pratchett. For those of us who are fans, this is very sad news....taken from If you haven't read anything by him, I strongly encourage you to try one of his Discworld books.


I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".

We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)

Terry Pratchett

PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell.I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.


Kanga said...

Well, with all the work being done in that field these days, he might be able to benefit from new therapies. Hope so. I have friends who are big fans. He's one I have not gotten to yet.

A Librarian said...

He does that world building in a humorous way type of SF. I didn't love the first one I read but a friend pushed me to read another and now I'm a fan.

Xavier Onassis said...

"I particularly like Space Opera"

Have you read any Peter F. Hamilton?

A Librarian said...

No I haven't. I will add him to my giant post award reading stack in the corner.

Thanks....I think:)

Xavier Onassis said...

I would suggest starting with Pandora's Star.

When you get the time.

A good space opera might be just the thing to help cleanse the mental palate after absorbing so much Literature.