Pop Culture Icon: Terry Pratchett – The man, the myth, the magic! Happy Birthday wishes to a man dearly missed

GREETINGS TO ALL FROM MALICE-CORP. Friends, family, and other Disc World Fans. Today is the late and greatly lamented Terry Pratchett’s birthday. The world lost this amazing author on March 12, 2015. Long before his time if you ask me at the ripe young age of 66.  Sir Pratchett was most famous for his Disc World series and he was a Sir having been knighted by the Queen of England.  We will touch on that a little later under his Honors section.  Terry brought us wonder and silliness. Terry took puns to an art form and made you giggle with the little jokes you thought were just between you and him.  All his works seemed to be a personal story told to me every time I sat down to read one. I hope to bring you some of his greatness but know I will fall short in the attempt.

Terry Pratchett: The man

Terence David John Pratchett was born 28 April 1948 in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, England.  He was an only child. Terry Pratchett was best known for his Discworld series, but that was just one part of his life. Terry is currently survived by his wife, Lyn Purves and his daughter Rhianna Pratchett. He had many hobbies and interests and was one of the first authors to engage with his fans via the internet, he was renowned for being on of the first authors to advocate the use of computers as a writing tool.

Terry Pratchett: Disc World Books

As complete a list of all the Disc World Books as I could put together, by release date and with the mini related series they belong to.  If I missed something let me know below in the comments. I tried to find as many as I could.

  1. The Colour of Magic – 1983 (Rincewind)
  2. The Light Fantastic – 1986 (Rincewind)
  3. Equal Rites – 1987 (Witches)
  4. Mort – 1987 (Death)
  5. Sourcery – 1988 (Rincewind)
  6. Wyrd Sisters – 1988 (Witches)
  7. Guards! Guards! – 1989 (City Watch)
  8. Faust Eric – 1990 (Rincewind)
  9. Moving Pictures – 1990 (Stand Alone)
  10. Reaper Man – 1991 (Death)
  11. Witches Abroad – 1991 (Witches)
  12. Small Gods – 1992 (Stand Alone)
  13. Lords and Ladies – 1992 (Witches)
  14. Troll Bridge – 1992 (A Short Story)
  15. Men at Arms – 1993 (City Watch)
  16. Theatre of Cruelty – 1993 (A Short Story)
  17. Soul Music – 1994 (Death)
  18. Interesting Times – 1994 (Rincewind)
  19. Maskerade – 1995 (Witches)
  20. Feet of Clay – 1996 (City Watch)
  21. Hogfather – 1996 (Death)
  22. Jingo – 1997 (City Watch)
  23. The Last Continent – 1998 (Rincewind)
  24. Carpe Jugulum – 1998 (Witches)
  25. The Sea and Little Fishes – 1998 (A Short Story)
  26. The Fifth Elephant – 1999 (City Watch)
  27. The Truth – 2000 (Stand Alone)
  28. Thief of Time – 2001 (Death)
  29. The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents – 2001 (Stand Alone)
  30. Night Watch – 2002 (City Watch)
  31. The Wee Free Men – 2003 (Wee Free Men)
  32. Monstrous Regiment – 2003 (Stand Alone)
  33. A Hat Full of Sky – 2004 (Wee Free Men)
  34. Going Postal – 2004 (Post Office)
  35. Thud! – 2005 (City Watch)
  36. Wintersmith – 2006 (Wee Free Men)
  37. Making Money – 2007 (Post Office)
  38. Unseen Academicals – 2009 (Rincewind)
  39. I Shall Wear Midnight – 2010 (Wee Free Men)
  40. Snuff – 2011 (City Watch)
  41. Raising Steam – 2013 (Post office)
  42. The Shepherd’s Crown – 2015 (Wee Free Men)

Terry Pratchett’s honors and awards

Terry Pratchett’s literary awards and honors are too numerous to mention all here but I would like to point out these two.

  • Terry Pratchett was appointed to the Order of the British Empire for services to literature, in 1998
  • Knighted by the Queen of England 2009 to become ‘Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett’.
Terry Pratchett COA
Terry Pratchett’s Coat of Arms from Wikipedia

This man was so great after being knighted this is the Coat of Arms he selected.  The motto literally means “Don’t fear the Reaper”

Terry Pratchett’s the philanthropist

Terry Pratchett donated $1,000,000 to Alzheimer’s Research after he was diagnosed with the early onset type of the disease and he found out how little money was actually going towards research for a cure.

He was also an advocate of natural history and a trustee on the Orangutan Foundation UK for the preservation of the animals.  He even placed one as a fictional character in the Wizards series. I won’t tell you more about the Librarian cause I want you to read the books and find out about this hilarious character.

Terry Pratchett Quotes:

Some of my Favorite quotes from his books! Especially Sam Vimes, he is my favorite character from all the Disc World books.

“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.”

― Terry Pratchett, Jingo

“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.”

― Terry Pratchett, Diggers

“It wasn’t by eliminating the impossible that you got at the truth, however improbable; it was by the much harder process of eliminating the possibilities. You worked away, patiently asking questions and looking hard at things. You walked and talked, and in your heart you just hoped like hell that some bugger’s nerve’d crack and he’d give himself up.”
― Terry Pratchett, Feet of Clay

My final thoughts

I will never have the skills, the words, or the time to explain to you how much Sir Pratchett’s works meant to me as a kid. He molded my sense of humor in a way few other writers have in my life. He made me think about what I was reading and through the themes and lessons of his books I found myself developing ideas of my own. Sam Vimes like I said will be my favorite and if I ever need a Copper I hope there is one like Sir Vimes around to come to my aide! You will be missed Sir and I myself will never forget you. I better turn this over to @nudierudie to edit before I get all mush and short out my keyboard with tears.

Jack Malice, Contributor and founder

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