Legendary fantasy author and animal rights campaigner Terry Pratchett has died aged 66.
Fantasy fans around the world are in mourning today after the author of the much loved Discworld series, Terry Pratchett passed away.
Many will know that the author had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for the past eight years and that he did not let the debilitating condition stop him. In fact the diagnosis appeared to spur him on to create many memorable moments for fans to cherish.
Terry Pratchett was born on 28th April 1948 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire before moving to Somerset in 1957. He had a fairly average education and the man himself once claimed he owed his education more to the High Wycombe Library than his school.
He started writing at the age of 13 and his first short story was published when he was just 15 years old. It wasn’t until 1971 however that he had his first major publication ‘The Carpet People’. The world would have to wait until 1983 to get a true glimpse of the world that he would explore for years to come. ‘The Colour of Magic’ was the first Discworld novel and was celebrated around the world. The Discworld series would go on to cover an amazing 39 novels and short stories, the last being 2005’s ‘The Science of Discworld III – Darwin’s Watch’.
The Discworld novels spawned a number of television series, including 2010’s Going Postal and 2008’s The Colour of Magic.
There were also six Computer games based on the novels, the first being The Colour of Magic on the ZX Spectrum. The 1995 game, simply entitled Discworld, is rightly regarded as a classic. Originally released on PC and Sega Saturn the game really took off following its release on the Playstation.
Whilst Discworld will be remembered as his biggest achievement it was well known that he had more than an interest in Animal Welfare, going so far as to make a documentary about the plight of Orangutans.
In 2009 he made a two part documentary for BBC on his life with Alzheimers entitled Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimers. This was followed by a documentary on assisted suicide, Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, in which he discussed the rights of human beings to decide when they die.
According to The Telegraph he passed away naturally due to complications caused by his Alzheimers and was not linked to assisted suicide.
The world will be a little less fantastical without Terry Pratchett but his legacy will surely live on for generations to enjoy.
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