Like so many others earlier this year, I mourned the loss of Sir Terry Pratchett. I was late coming to his work. Fortunately, once they learned of this hole in my reading background, Kate and Sarah promptly encouraged — read that as “insisted” — me to start reading him. I am more than glad that I did. PTerry was a master at so much, from worldbuilding to storytelling. His death brought up the question of what would happen to Discworld. Would someone else start writing those favorite characters? If so, would they be able to do those characters and that wonderful series justice?
I had visions of the publishers trying to bring in someone else to write new entries in the series. It wouldn’t be the first time that had happened. Rarely, very rarely, has such an effort been successful. So, I was ready to hate and gnash my teeth.
Finally, the question has been answered. Rhianna Pratchett, Sir Terry’s daughter, gave the definitive response via Twitter the other day. The Shepherd’s Crown, to be released later this year, will be the final book written by PTerry. We won’t be getting “new” books by him years after his death ala Tolkien. She later added, “To reiterate – No I don’t intend on writing more Discworld novels, or giving anyone else permission to do so. They are sacred to dad.” When one fan expressed their sadness and said there were fans who wanted more Discworld novels, Ms. Pratchett responded with her belief that fans wanted more of them by her father and that, sadly, wasn’t going to happen. You can read more of the associated tweets here.
I respect Ms. Pratchett a great deal. I have enjoyed playing a number of video games she has been the writer on: Overlord, Overlord: Raising Hell, Overlord II, Mirror’s Edge, Tomb Raider (2013 game) and others. She has been working on Rise of the Tomb Raider, due out later this year. She has, in my opinion, proved herself through gaming and other forms of media that she is an accomplished storyteller. I have no doubt her father’s publishers would have welcomed her had she said she would like to try to continue the Discworld series on her own. But she knew it wouldn’t be the same.
So kudos to her for being true to herself and true to her father’s memory and legacy.
Would that other publishers and authors feel the same way.
(Apologies for the short post. I will return later this morning with another one but with potential heavy rains coming in later today, I need to finish the work outside to make sure the water flows away from the house. I don’t want to go through what we did last month.)