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We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« on: March 12, 2015, 11:17:49 am »
His Facebook account notified us of the sad new just few minutes ago.

This was to be expected but it is still sad.

Now I am just wondering if this was natural or assisted suicide as he planned to do years ago: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/jun/12/pratchett-starts-process-to-end-his-life
No matter what happens, no matter what my last words may end up being, I want everyone to claim that they were:
"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."
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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2015, 11:19:08 am »
Well damn.

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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2015, 12:51:08 pm »
“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away...”

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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2015, 01:37:57 pm »
This hits hard.

He will sorely be missed. I owe much of the way I think today to him and his writings. I can't help but be mad and sad and at the same time, somewhat relieved that his death seems to have been a "good" one, inasmuch as it's possible.

My thought go to his family and closed one.

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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2015, 11:32:23 pm »
Godspeed, Pratchett.

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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2015, 02:16:21 am »
Did you know that Sir Terry's shield says "Don't fear the reaper?"


Or that when he was knighted he forged his own sword from a meteorite?
No matter what happens, no matter what my last words may end up being, I want everyone to claim that they were:
"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."
Aww, you guys rock. :)  I feel the love... and the pitchforks and torches.  Tingly!

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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2015, 09:28:08 am »
I loved his Discworld novels, in spite of having only eight of them, I found his wit to be worth mentioning to anyone interested in reading material.  During an interview with a colleague of his, I heard that he always wore the same t-shirt to conventions.  I think that it says a lot about the man.



“Elves are wonderful. They provoke wonder.
Elves are marvellous. They cause marvels.
Elves are fantastic. They create fantasies.
Elves are glamorous. They project glamour.
Elves are enchanting. They weave enchantment.
Elves are terrific. They beget terror.
The thing about words is that meanings can twist just like a snake, and if you want to find snakes look for them behind words that have changed their meaning.
No one ever said elves are nice.
Elves are bad.”

"The Archchancellor polished his staff as he walked along. It was a particularly good one, six feet long and quite magical. Not that he used magic very much. In his experience, anything that couldn’t be disposed of with a couple of whacks from six feet of oak was probably immune to magic as well."
And when we're done soul searching,
And we carry the weight and die for a cause.
Is misery made beautiful
Right before our eyes.

Mercy be revealed, or blind us where we stand?

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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2015, 07:24:53 pm »
I just hope it was peaceful.

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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
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Re: We have lost Sir Terry Pratchett.
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2015, 01:21:23 pm »
Quote
"Poets have tried to descri... What was that place again?"

"I would like to have my pudding now, nurse."

"I remember... I used to... Do something..."

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

SQUEK.

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

SQUEK.

NO, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN... BUT I CANNOT WAIT TO ASK HIM HOW IT ALL ENDS.

He so rarely said it, and these feelings... Remembering the young apprentice, and his 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..." Those eyes, and he becomes aware.

SQUEAK.

"Quite right. Is it time already? I have much 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 AWHILE.

SQUEAK.

DO YOU HAVE ANY BISQUITS?

"No, shame really."

YES.

"Is it truly 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 is 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 A SWORD. CEREMONY DICTATES IT.

"Ahh. How about a cup of tea?"

I WOULD ENJOY. DO YOU PLAY CHESS?

"No. How about checkers?"

And so they sat, two old friends regaling each other. Though he could not remember all the details, He filled him in when he needed.

"Well, until?"

I WILL STAY HERE, SIR.

They both shook hands then, and both sat in a comfortable chair, watching the last sunset together.

...Because, sometimes we all need to cry.
No matter what happens, no matter what my last words may end up being, I want everyone to claim that they were:
"If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine."
Aww, you guys rock. :)  I feel the love... and the pitchforks and torches.  Tingly!