Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sad News, Though Terry Pratchett's Sense of Humor Not Affected

Terry Pratchett has wrote an open letter to his fans announcing that he has a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.

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.

I just finished reading Good Omens, The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch a few days ago, and the Discworld Books are among my favorite. If only I was a high-end expert in brain chemistry.

(h/t Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing)

1 comment:

  1. Sad news. I really like his stuff. I've always thought "Good Omens" and D.Adams' "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" are two of the funniest humor/sci-fi books ever written.

    Last week I read an article on medical advances and experimental Alzheimer's research, and it seems the consensus among researchers is that they are on a verge of a breakthrough, though they admit it could be years before they know for sure.


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