Terry Pratchett ist (noch) nicht tot …


Der Umweg des Wissenschaftsblogs Highly Allochthonous lenkte meinen arbeitsamen Weg zu folgendem, was die Scheibenwelt-Neuigkeiten wären,

Discworld News

11th December 2007


I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s, which lay behind this year’s phantom „stroke“.

We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there’s time for at least a few more books yet :o)

Terry Pratchett

PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as ‚I am not dead‘. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think – it’s too soon to tell. I know it’s a very human thing to say „Is there anything I can do“, but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.

Oder für unsere nicht-englischsprachigen Leser. Das Genie hinter der Scheibenwelt, Terry Pratchett, leidet an einer seltenen Form einer früh ausbrechender Alzheimer-Erkrankung. Die Arbeit geht weiter, und philosophischer gesehen sollte auch der Leser und Fan mit mildem Optimismus diese Nachricht verarbeiten.