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Farewell, Sir Terry

DON'T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death.
JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.

-- Terry Pratchett, Good Omens

Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66
You will be missed...


“All right," said Susan. "I'm not stupid. You're saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable."

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

"Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—"

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

"So we can believe the big ones?"

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

"They're not the same at all!"

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET— Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

"Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what's the point—"

MY POINT EXACTLY.

-- Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

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iulia_linnea
Mar. 12th, 2015 06:07 pm (UTC)
I feel like rereading . . . everything.
delphipsmith
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:54 pm (UTC)
I think I will start with Mort. It seems appropriate :)
pitry
Mar. 12th, 2015 06:28 pm (UTC)
:(((((( I know that's probably what he wanted, but... :(
dreamy_dragon73
Mar. 12th, 2015 10:21 pm (UTC)
I'm very sad tonight.
delphipsmith
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:55 pm (UTC)
It's a feeling shared by many. Lots of lovely tributes to him across cyberspace yesterday and today.
noeon
Mar. 13th, 2015 02:41 am (UTC)
It's a very sad day. There aren't many like him.
delphipsmith
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:53 pm (UTC)
Indeed not. Selfishly, it makes me angry to think of all the books he didn't get to write, and which we are now deprived of...
mundungus42
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:36 pm (UTC)
*hugs* Thank you for this. I haven't read Hogfather yet, but clearly this is an oversight that needs immediate fixing.
delphipsmith
Mar. 13th, 2015 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hogfather is perhaps one of his best, with lots of Deep Thoughts like this :)
haruhi_fan
Mar. 15th, 2015 11:53 pm (UTC)
Hugs. I didn't know his works until friends made note to me of the fandom for him, and seeing in his passing the passion of fans all the way to the UK politicians it seems he was quite the writer. Godspeed.
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