An Open Letter to Terry Pratchett

Dear Terry,

The first time i read The Colour of Magic, was during a rather chaotic time in my life, it was then quickly followed my many more books from the Discworld series, and the world, your writing, the stories you told took me out of my mundane, stressful life and into a world of magic, wonder and your wonderful wit.

Since then more people in my life have either discovered your talent, or simply discovered my love for your work and shared with me their own. It's always a delight to discover that a friend, new or old, is a fellow traveler through the Discworld, a fellow citizen of Ankh-Morpork.

But while you were mostly known for your wit, Choosing To Die proved to me how thoughtful and serious you could be. Watching that documentary was tough, of course it would be; but your gentle, respectful narration made it a little more bearable, despite the fact i wept through most of it.

Your passing, however, has saddened me even more. While i understand that you were very ill, that you are now at peace, i still feel your loss keenly. There were so many more stories for you to tell, and i rage at Alzhimer's for taking you so early. At the lack of research and funding that could have saved your life and imagination for those who love you, your family, friends and fans. At the same time, i know that in a way your many books have made you immortal and while there will be no more stories, i can always revisit those that already exist. Did you know that your books are inherently re-readable?

Perhaps i should end this simply by saying, as others have: thank you, Terry, for sharing your imagination with us. Rest in Peace, Terry. Rest in Awesome.

below are some of my favorite quotes.

“He was determined to discover the underlying logic behind the universe.
Which was going to be hard, because there wasn't one.”
Terry Pratchett, Mort
“And what would humans be without love?"
RARE, said Death.”
Terry Pratchett, Sourcery
“If cats looked like frogs we'd realize what nasty, cruel little bastards they are. Style. That's what people remember.”
Terry Pratchett, Lords and Ladies
“And what would humans be without love?"
RARE, said Death.”
Terry Pratchett, Sourcery
“If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.”
Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men
“Scientists have calculated that the chances of something so patently absurd actually existing are millions to one.
But magicians have calculated that million-to-one chances crop up nine times out of ten.”
Terry Pratchett, Mort