Terry Pratchett Diagnosed with Alzheimer's

by alphamonkey on December 12, 2007 · 2 comments

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Terry PratchettAuthor Terry Pratchett announced yesterday that he’s been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Pratchett, who is 59, is best known for his long-running (and wonderful) fantasy satire series, Discworld, though I’ll always hold that Good Omens (which was written with Neil Gaiman) may be one of the funniest novels ever written by man.

Pratchett states that he has no plans to quit writing for the foreseeable future, and considering the man knocks out roughly a book a year, we can probably expect at least 2-3 more novels from the man.

There’s an inescapable horror in the idea that Pratchett is staring down the barrel at a disease that may very well destroy the very engine that made him such a capable observer of the human condition, but I dearly hope the man can take comfort in the fact that he’s given an astoundingly great body of work to the world, and that he’s destined to be noted as one of the great satirists of our age.

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  • Colonel_Dashing

    This is truly sad to hear. It strikes me that perhaps Pratchett was so successful at both satire and storytelling because of this genetic pre-disposition in his brain. Just reading his work it was always evident to me that his imagination was never tied down by reality, something that surely made many authors envious. I hope he is capable of getting as much lucidity as possible for as long as possible, but can’t help to feel that, of all people, he might find Alzheimer’s to not be such a departure from his normal life. At least that is my hope, for his sake.

  • Just Plain Bob

    All I can really even fathom to say, is,

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