So being a geek, I’ve always loved things such as Star Trek, but especially Discworld.
And recently the world lost both Leonard Nimoy and Sir Terry Pratchett.
Of the two the passing of Sir Terry hit me the hardest. I’m an avid reader these days, but many years ago I wasn’t really much of a reader at all. Until that is I picked up a copy of Equal Rites that is.
From that moment I was hooked, not just on the Discworld books, which I grew to love and have since read all the currently published books in the series, but on reading Science Fiction and fantasy works.
As well as sparking my passion for books and reading, Sir Terry’s Discworld books also got me in touch with a great group of people I met via alt.fan.pratchett (admittedly I read rather than posted there, but I did find the #afp IRC channel). Over the following years through the occasional meet I managed to make and the Discworld Conventions (2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2012 and 2014) and the Clarecraft Discworld Events (2001, 2003) I made a number of friendships.
I was fortunate to meet Sir Terry on a couple of occasions, albeit briefly. He was always friendly and had time for his fans. When he was later diagnosed with Alzhimers my already great respect for him grew greater as he put a public face to such a horrible illness.
His passing leaves a void. However he leaves behind a beautiful and funny collection of work and one of the best fandoms I have the pleasure of knowing.
I’ll end with a couple of quotes.
Knowing that you are going to die is, I suspect, the beginning of wisdom. — Terry Pratchett
No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away… — Terry Pratchett (Reaper Man)
UPDATE: I’ve now added GNU Terry Pratchett to the website