The world of fantasy and science fiction has today lost one of its brightest stars.
Terry Pratchett, the writer behind the excellent Discworld books has passed away from illness related to his alzheimer’s, a condition that he had been battling since 2007.
When he was first diagnosed Pratchett went public and did much to create awareness for the condition, which has in recent years also taken the life of the late Gerry Anderson, who was another leading light of UK genre entertainment.
Pratchett, much like Anderson did before him continued to write and fight the condition until he was no longer able to. His last book was released last year.
Over his career Pratchett, who was as much a satirist as he was a fantasy novelist wrote in excess of 7o books, 40 of which were set in Discworld.
A couple of years back Sky Television adapted three of his Discworld novels into mini – series format, which allowed for none readers to glimpse the complexities and fun that is to be had from Pratchett’s novels. I particularly enjoyed ‘The Hogfather’.
Pratchett died in his sleep with his cat sleeping in its usual spot on the bed.