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Book Title: Death and What Comes Next|
The author of the book: Terry Pratchett
Date of issue: 2002
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A dying philosopher attempts to smugly outsmart Death with the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics before being coolly checkmated by the Reaper Man. I SEE YOU…
I just discovered this obscure Discworld short story and I’m so glad I stumbled across it as it’s great! Apparently Terry Pratchett originally wrote Death and What Comes Next for an online puzzle game called Timehunt (never heard of it!) back in 2002. As a lifelong fan of the author, Discworld and the Death books in particular, it’s a delightful reminder of everything I love about arguably Pratchett’s best character.
The story is filled with the kind of sharp and witty dialogue that won Pratchett the huge audience he continues to have. In addition to succinctly explaining a complex aspect of quantum mechanics in a clear and accessible way (while also working in an understanding of the famous Schrodinger’s Cat thought experiment), he gives Death an effortlessly clever response delivered in the calm, beguiling and convincing way only an entity as absolute and powerful as Death could possess. I especially loved Death’s withering assessment of humanity:
LET ME PUT FORWARD ANOTHER SUGGESTION: THAT YOU ARE NOTHING MORE THAN A LUCKY SPECIES OF APE THAT IS TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE COMPLEXITIES OF CREATION VIA A LANGUAGE THAT EVOLVED IN ORDER TO TELL ONE ANOTHER WHERE THE RIPE FRUIT WAS? UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU HAVE ACHIEVED A GREAT DEAL.
Awesome – and what a brilliant ending too! Death and What Comes Next is a wonderfully entertaining Discworld episode featuring some first-class Death material any fan will get a kick out of - I definitely enjoyed this great short story a lot. If you’re interested, you can read it for free online here.
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Read information about the authorSir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.
Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987, he turned to writing full time.
There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal.
A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller and was reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006 (it is also available as a mass market paperback - Harper Torch, 2006 - and trade paperback - Harper Paperbacks, 2006).
In 2008, Harper Children's published Terry's standalone non-Discworld YA novel, Nation. Terry published Snuff in October 2011.
Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received honorary doctorates from the University of Warwick in 1999, the University of Portsmouth in 2001, the University of Bath in 2003, the University of Bristol in 2004, Buckinghamshire New University in 2008, the University of Dublin in 2008, Bradford University in 2009, the University of Winchester in 2009, and The Open University in 2013 for his contribution to Public Service.
In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.
Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.
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