(April 28, 1948 – March 12, 2015)
Sir Terence David John Pratchett, OBE, was an English author of fantasy novels, especially humorous works, best known for his Discworld series of 41 comic novels. He was affectionately nicknamed PTerry by his fans on the Usenet — the P is silent, as in his novel Pyramids and P. G. Wodehouse’s Psmith in the City.
Pratchett's first published short story, "Business Rivals," appeared in the High Wycombe Technical School magazine in 1962. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971. His Discworld books began with The Colour of Magic in 1983. They were a phenomenal success, and generated many spinoffs like maps, games, diaries, quizbooks and even academic studies.
Despite having learned to cope with vast UK signing sessions that went on until his wrist screamed for mercy, Terry remained cheerful and approachable, with a fund of wry anecdotes about his various lives as famous writer, obscure writer, journalist, and (once upon a time) PR man for a nuclear power station, until his death.
Pratchett married Lyn Purves at the Congregational Church, Gerrards Cross, on 5 October 1968. Their daughter, Rhianna Pratchett, also a writer, was born in 1976. She now promotes her father’s legacy.
In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's disease, which would lead to his death.
You have to admire the man who created the bibliophile orangutan of Unseen University, literature's first rugged, muscular and caring role-model for librarians everywhere.
Awards, Honors and GoHships:
- 1988 -- Picocon 6, Conine, Microcon 8
- 1989 -- Picocon 7, Nicon 89, BSFA Award
- 1990 -- Ad Astra 10, Octocon 1990
- 1992 -- ArmadaCon III, Hillcon 3, Keycon 9
- 1993 -- Capricon 13, OryCon 15, Swancon 18, Finncon '93
- 1994 -- Nordcon 11, Chattacon XIX, British Book Awards’ Fantasy and Science Fiction Author of the Year
- 1995 -- Necronomicon '95
- 1996 -- Lunacon 39, Albacon 96
- 1998 -- Officer of the Order of the British Empire
- 1999 -- Trinity
- 2000 -- AggieCon XXXI
- 2001 -- Carnegie Medal
- 2002 -- JerseyDevilCon 2
- 2003 -- Prometheus Award
- 2004 -- Noreascon 4, Locus Award
- 2005 -- Locus Award
- 2006 -- Discworld Convention 2006
- 2007 -- MidSouthCon 25, Nullus Anxietas 1, Locus Award
- 2008 -- Locus Award
- 2009 -- Knight Bachelor, Skylark Award
- 2010 -- World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement, Andre Norton Award
- 2011 -- Nullus Anxietas 3, Karl Edward Wagner Award, ALA’s Margaret A. Edwards Award, Andre Norton Award
- 2012 -- Forry Award
- 2014 -- Satellite 4
- 2020 -- FOGcon 10 Ghost of Honor
- 10 honorary doctorates
Discworld was the name and setting of Pratchett's bestselling comic fantasy series. It is a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants that stand on the back of a giant space turtle. The 41-book series began in 1983 with The Colour of Magic.
- Discworld Entry in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.
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