Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Sad News from Terry Pratchett

I just saw some terribly sad news about Discworld author, Terry Pratchett. He announced on his illustrator's website that he has early onset Alzheimer's disease. The man is only 59 years old...what a tragedy for him and his family and fans. This is part of what the Yahoo News coverage had to say:

In a brief note to fans entitled "An Embuggerance," Pratchett, 59, said he was taking the news "fairly philosophically" and "possibly with a mild optimism."

"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," he wrote on the Web site of Paul Kidby, who has illustrated many of his books.
Pratchett said he would continue completing "Nation" and that he had already begun working on "Unseen Academicals" — another writing project.

"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)" he wrote in his message. "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."
Pratchett sounds like a very brave man and I pray that some new research development comes along in time to save him from this horrible disease.
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