RIP Sir Terry Pratchett

  • Rowing_Ant

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    Mar 12, 2015 6:53 PM GMT
    The best selling author Terry Pratchett died today, aged 66.

    I'm in shock - his books were part of my life for 20 years.

    This is my favourite all time quote from him and one which really changed my life:

    Susan: Now… tell me…

    Death: What would have happened if you hadn’t saved him?

    Susan: Yes.

    Death: The sun would not have risen.

    Susan: Then what would have happened?

    Death: A mere ball of flaming gas would have illuminated the world.

    Susan: All right, I’m not stupid. You’re saying that humans need fantasies to make life bearable.

    Death: No. Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.

    Susan: With tooth fairies? Hogfathers?

    Death: Yes. As practice, you have to start out learning to believe the little lies.

    Susan: So we can believe the big ones?

    Death: Yes. Justice, mercy, duty. That sort of thing.

    Susan: They’re not the same at all!

    Death: You think so? Then take the universe and grind it down to the finest powder and sieve it through the finest sieve and THEN show me one atom of justice, one molecule of mercy. And yet… you try to act as if there is some ideal order in the world. As if there is some… some rightness in the universe by which it may be judged.

    Susan: But people have got to believe that, or what’s the point?

    Death: You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?
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    Mar 12, 2015 9:07 PM GMT
    How sad. Just this morning I rearranged one of my bookcases to make more room for Pratchett books that were wedged in sideways on top. (He's up to two full shelves now.)

    An amazing thing about him is that several years ago, he announced that he had to stop writing, due to early-onset Alzheimers. And he still churned out another half dozen or more books!
  • Arcangel7769

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    Mar 13, 2015 12:04 AM GMT
    My day just got a bit sadder. He was...IS my favorite author.

    My favorite Pratchett quote : Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Set him on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

    Sleep well Sir Pratchett. "There is no justice"
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    Mar 13, 2015 12:45 AM GMT
    This is so sad. He had such a great imagination, and he was a great storyteller.

    I'm sad there won't be any more Terry Pratchett stories in the world anymore icon_sad.gificon_sad.gificon_sad.gificon_sad.gif
  • secondstartot...

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    Mar 13, 2015 2:11 AM GMT
    completely GUTTED !
    this was written By Terry Pratchett

    "I would like my pudding now nurse. And then I think I'd like to... write... something... I don't remember what."

    Standing in the corner, he waits. The sand slowly flows, but it nears it's end. The old man still glows, as thousands of threads spread away from him.

    SQUEAK.

    I AGREE. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE HIM THIS WAY.

    SQUEAK.

    NO. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.... BUT I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK HIM HOW IT ALL ENDS.

    The old man looks up, through them at first... and then he sees them. For once, the smile on the hooded figure's skull is genuine.

    "I... I remember you. The anth... ant..."

    ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION.

    "Yes, that. We knew each other?"

    ONCE. AND WILL AGAIN, SIR.

    He so rarely said it, and these feelings... remembering his young aprentice, and beloved daughter. The beautiful child they have.

    "There... is a girl, yes?"

    SHE IS SPEAKING TO THE AUDITORS, SIR. THEY ARE UNWILLING TO LISTEN.

    "Well then. You know what they say, two things you cannot avoid. Taxes and..." He looks into the firey blue eyes, and becomes aware.

    SQUEAK.

    "Quite right. Is it time already? I have so much left to do."

    YOU HAVE GIVEN ALL YOU CAN SIR.

    "No, not cancer. Alzheimers."

    I AM AWARE.

    "So, where is the boy? I remember a boy."

    CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.

    "Ahh. Never much trusted cars. Or horses."

    THEY GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

    "Must I?"

    SOON. BUT WE MAY SIT HERE AWHILE.

    SQUEAK

    DO YOU HAVE ANY BISCUITS?

    "No. Shame really."

    YES.

    "Is it truely turtles?"

    ALL THE WAY DOWN. I HAVE SEEN THEM.

    "Ahh. I would love to see it. Perhaps a small trip before?"

    IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE.

    "The light is slower there... and there's a monkey...."

    ORANGUTAN. SAME PRINCIPLE.

    "Yes... will they remember me?"

    SQUEAK.

    "What was that? I could not hear you."

    HE SAYS WE WILL, SIR.

    "I never much liked the trouble people had with you. You seem like a nice fellow."

    I HAVE MY DAYS.

    "Don't we all?"

    SOME LESS THAN OTHERS.

    "Is it quick?"

    YES. AND I BROUGHT THE SWORD. CEREMONY DICTATES IT.

    "Ahh. How about a cup of tea?"

    I WOULD ENJOY IT. DO YOU PLAY CHESS?

    "No. how about checkers?"

    And so they sat, two old friends regaling each other, though the old man could not remember all of the details, the cloaked man and his rat filled him in, when it was needed.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Mar 13, 2015 10:26 AM GMT
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    beautiful. I mean SQUEAK (sad SQUEAK).

    Its not just the death of Sir Terry, but also his universe, his world: no more Vimes, Ridcully, Granny Weatherwax.icon_eek.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif
  • kew1

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    Mar 13, 2015 2:41 PM GMT
    Oook icon_sad.gif
  • Lincsbear

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    Mar 13, 2015 4:21 PM GMT
    Very sad news. I never read any of his novels, but he seemed a civilized and humane gentleman.
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    Mar 13, 2015 4:57 PM GMT
    Decades ago the Panorama (then called OverVUE) database (http://provue.com/) had a free file available which cycled Pratchettisms sort of like a slot machine -- early cgi. Panorama is the leading and multiple award-winning database from ProVUE, the second (after Microsoft) oldes third-party software developer for the Mac. It is a fabulously useful program.

    The Practchett file is still available, updated for MacOS X:

    http://www.applelinks.com/index.php/print/4183/

    http://www.unseensoft.com/PratchettesX/
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    Mar 14, 2015 12:16 AM GMT
    Terry wrote this? When? It is in keeping with his personality that he could even poke some fun at himself, and yet make such a simple scene so powerful.

    secondstartotheright saidcompletely GUTTED !
    this was written By Terry Pratchett

    "I would like my pudding now nurse. And then I think I'd like to... write... something... I don't remember what."

    Standing in the corner, he waits. The sand slowly flows, but it nears it's end. The old man still glows, as thousands of threads spread away from him.

    SQUEAK.

    I AGREE. IT IS A SHAME TO SEE HIM THIS WAY.

    SQUEAK.

    NO. I DO NOT KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN.... BUT I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK HIM HOW IT ALL ENDS.

    The old man looks up, through them at first... and then he sees them. For once, the smile on the hooded figure's skull is genuine.

    "I... I remember you. The anth... ant..."

    ANTHROPOMORPHIC PERSONIFICATION.

    "Yes, that. We knew each other?"

    ONCE. AND WILL AGAIN, SIR.

    He so rarely said it, and these feelings... remembering his young aprentice, and beloved daughter. The beautiful child they have.

    "There... is a girl, yes?"

    SHE IS SPEAKING TO THE AUDITORS, SIR. THEY ARE UNWILLING TO LISTEN.

    "Well then. You know what they say, two things you cannot avoid. Taxes and..." He looks into the firey blue eyes, and becomes aware.

    SQUEAK.

    "Quite right. Is it time already? I have so much left to do."

    YOU HAVE GIVEN ALL YOU CAN SIR.

    "No, not cancer. Alzheimers."

    I AM AWARE.

    "So, where is the boy? I remember a boy."

    CARRIAGE ACCIDENT.

    "Ahh. Never much trusted cars. Or horses."

    THEY GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO.

    "Must I?"

    SOON. BUT WE MAY SIT HERE AWHILE.

    SQUEAK

    DO YOU HAVE ANY BISCUITS?

    "No. Shame really."

    YES.

    "Is it truely turtles?"

    ALL THE WAY DOWN. I HAVE SEEN THEM.

    "Ahh. I would love to see it. Perhaps a small trip before?"

    IT WOULD BE MY PLEASURE.

    "The light is slower there... and there's a monkey...."

    ORANGUTAN. SAME PRINCIPLE.

    "Yes... will they remember me?"

    SQUEAK.

    "What was that? I could not hear you."

    HE SAYS WE WILL, SIR.

    "I never much liked the trouble people had with you. You seem like a nice fellow."

    I HAVE MY DAYS.

    "Don't we all?"

    SOME LESS THAN OTHERS.

    "Is it quick?"

    YES. AND I BROUGHT THE SWORD. CEREMONY DICTATES IT.

    "Ahh. How about a cup of tea?"

    I WOULD ENJOY IT. DO YOU PLAY CHESS?

    "No. how about checkers?"

    And so they sat, two old friends regaling each other, though the old man could not remember all of the details, the cloaked man and his rat filled him in, when it was needed.
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    Mar 14, 2015 12:39 AM GMT
    I suppose that fans are supposed to instantly recognize from which book it came, but there are too many of them. It's a scene where the old DEATH character becomes mortal and is replaced by... well if I could remember that, it would reveal the book. It's not "Mort," since Mort is the boy they mentioned that died in a carriage accident. (i.e. Susan's parents.) Something much more recent. Seems like it must be "Reaper Man," but I'm not sure.

    These were the last tweets from Terry's account. (Reportedly sent by his assistant though.):

    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.

    bit.ly/1b4HFM6

    The End.
  • secondstartot...

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    Mar 14, 2015 12:27 PM GMT
    Rowing_Ant saidicon_biggrin.gif

    beautiful. I mean SQUEAK (sad SQUEAK).

    Its not just the death of Sir Terry, but also his universe, his world: no more Vimes, Ridcully, Granny Weatherwax.icon_eek.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gificon_cry.gif


    but Sir !...his universe and his words will live on for eternity in books ...stored in bookshelves and libraries creating much L space !...Terry's "voice" will be with us forever !
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    Mar 15, 2015 12:28 PM GMT
    I will miss him terribly. He was funny, insightful and thought-provoking. It was impossible to feel down when reading Pratchett. Thanks for giving us Granny Weatherwax, Rincewind, Vimes, the Sweeper and so much more.
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    Mar 15, 2015 12:46 PM GMT
    Arcangel7769 saidMy favorite Pratchett quote : Build a man a fire and he'll be warm for a day. Set him on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.


    I've got this on a placard of wood on a shelf in my office.
  • Beeftastic

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    Mar 16, 2015 5:16 AM GMT
    He shone a sunny laughing light into some dark corners of my life.