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Discworld

  1. Illustrator Confirms Terry Pratchett’s Final Book Will Be Published, Feature Tiffany Aching

    Following Sir Terry Pratchett's death last week at 66, illustrator Paul Kidby has confirmed that Pratchett completed his final book last summer.

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  2. [UPDATED] Leaving Early to Avoid the Rush: Sir Terry Pratchett Has Passed Away at 66

    "It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It's called living. "

    According to The BBC and Transworld Publishers' Larry Finlay, Sir Terry Pratchett passed away at his home today surrounded by family. The Discworld author was 66.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: A Discworld Cake, Complete With Giant Turtle

    Note: not a full-size replica.

    I can't say that I've ever wondered what the Great A'Tuin tastes like, but apparently it's filled with chocolate mint grasshopper cake. (by Art2Eat Cakes, via That's Nerdalicious!)

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  4. Things We Saw Today: Celebrate Christmas With the Hogfather

    Things We Saw Today

    Discworld's Mort Death as the Hogfather as a cake. By Jo Orr of Ciccio Cakes. (That's Nerdalicious)

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  5. The Fantastical Imagination Of Artist Story Sabatino

    Heffalumps and Woozles

    Story Sabatino (Oozn on DeviantArt) has a style that jumped out at me immediately. While she does some wicked fan art inspired by things like Game of Thrones, she also creates wonderful scenarios of her own with some interesting creatures. See for yourself...

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  6. Get Jealous: the UK is Getting Beautiful New Discworld Covers

    old gods do new jobs

    Such lovely woodcuts I almost couldn't decide which one to make the top of the post. The United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries (excluding Canada), I am properly jealous, for the new edition hardcovers that these images will grace will only be available in you. (Sure wish Susan Sto Helit could have made the cover of any of the books she stars in. Quick, someone draw me Joan Jett as Susan rocking out on my ideal cover of Soul Music.)

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  7. This iPad Map Guides You Through Ankh-Morpork, Where Else Do You Want to Go?

    There's an app for everything, right? Well, not yet, but maybe soon. For example, Random House has created an app for the iPad that lets you explore, in great detail, the entire city of Ankh-Morpork, the famous fictional metropolis of the Discworld series. So what's the deal? And what does it mean?

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  8. Terry Pratchett to Leave Discworld in His Daughter’s Hands

    It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

    Don't panic, Discworld fans, to use the words of another British humorist. Terry Pratchett hasn't given up the writing ghost yet, he's just planning for the future. And those plans include his only child, Rhianna Pratchett, already a pretty accomplished writer in nerd spheres.

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  9. Terry Pratchett Visits Comic Con, Talks Books; Ankh-Morpork TV Series

    i'll just leave this here

    A television show based on the fertile setting of Terry Pratchett's Ankh-Morpork city guards has been a long time coming, despite its seeming obviousness, so you'll have to forgive us if we have to keep reassuring ourselves that it's actually happening. Sir Terry himself stopped by New York Comic Con yesterday, nominally to talk about his new novel Dodger, but of course folks were interested in Discworld events, on the page or otherwise.

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  10. Researchers Propose Space-Time Crystal as Perfect Clock, Will Probably Destroy Universe

    An international team of researchers led by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have proposed a way to build a clock so perfect, it would keep ticking long after the universe is rendered a cold dead place.

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  11. Reportedly: Discworld City Watch Show Moving Right Along

    And All Was Right With the World

    It's been known that a Discworld television show based in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork and the cast of characters it is associated with has been in various stages of preproduction discussion for more than a year now. In fact, there's even video evidence of Sir Terry Pratchett talking with writers about coppers starting up an inter-species band, the trickiness of humane prisoner treatment, and what it might be like to have the undead coming in to file reports on their own murders.

    But last weekend the annual Discworld convention was held in Birmingham, England, and it promised a panel hosted by the team behind BBC Worldwide's fabled Discworld project, and an announcement.

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  12. 10 Worst Case Casting Scenarios

    Power Grid

    Whenever we hear about a movie being remade, or a book being turned into a movie that probably should just be left alone, or a TV show that has no business being made into a movie, the next thing we do, after swallow a small amount of bile, is wonder who will be cast in this abomination. Sometimes, you luck out (see: J.J. Abrams' Star Trek). But sometimes, you cringe at the thought of who might be stepping into a role (see: M. Night Shyamalan's Avatar: The Last Airbender), or what childhood memories would be crushed next (21 Jump Street). Since we're gluttons for punishment, and sometimes stay up all night worrying about these kinds of things, we're going to share 10 Worst Case Scenario movie adaptations and reboots of how Hollywood could go totally wrong.

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  13. Feeling Feelings: Terry Pratchett’s Heartbreaking EoL Documentary

    And Now For Something Completely Different

    Terry Pratchett is one of our favorite fantasy authors, the Discworld series being a place that we've returned to time and time again... He has also been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's and since then has become a personally invested advocate of Alzehimer's research and of the legalization of assisted death. His documentary Choosing to Die was released in June, but we only became aware of it today. And when I heard him say "When I can no longer write my books, I'm not sure that will want to go on living," it was hard to not listen to the reasoned case and research of a man whose written work has given me so much joy. Especially as someone who wants to write books myself. (via I Heart Chaos.)

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  14. 10 Made-Up Holidays That Are Totally Not Christmas

    Power Grid

    So the network says you have to have a Christmas special, even though your characters live in a science fiction universe where Christianity has never existed. Or they're living in a year with A.D. in front of it. Or they're rabbits. What to do? Why, make up a completely Not-Christmas Yuletide holiday, and tell your viewers to say the Mantra. This Power Grid originally ran last year on Geekosystem, and now it's contributing to us having a happy holiday! Enjoy!

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  15. Things We Saw Today: The Coolest Star Wars Disney Princess Cake Ever

    Things We Saw Today

    One of the coolest dads ever, Anthony Herrera, is at it again. You might recall that last we heard from him, Mr. Herrera had Photoshopped Ewoks into some family pictures taken at Sequoia National Park because his daughter is a huge Star Wars fan. It also happens that she is a fan of the Disney princesses. Well now, he's combined the best of both of her worlds by having this cake created for her birthday by family friend Trisha Patterson. Thanks for the tip, Anthony! (via Anthony Herrera Designs)

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  16. 10 Action Librarians

    Power Grid

    According to Wikipedia, "stereotypes of librarians in popular culture are frequently negative: librarians are portrayed as puritanical, punitive, unattractive, and introverted if female, or timid, unattractive, and effeminate if male." But there are plenty of kick ass librarians in fiction! Like all the time... when they are allowed to be main characters... and aren't one-scene jokes... um. So, we made a Power Grid. Yes, this is usually how these things go.

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  17. Terry Pratchett Investigates Assisted Suicide

    Don't Panic

    He said: “The only thing stopping me [signing them] is that I have made this film and I have a bloody book to finish.” But he stressed that he was as yet still undecided whether he would eventually take his own life. He said he changed his mind “every two minutes” but added that if he did choose to die would prefer to do so in England and in the sunshine.
    The Telegraph's piece on Sir Terry Pratchett's continuing assisted suicide advocacy is misleadingly, if factually, titled "Sir Terry Pratchett begins process that could lead to assisted suicide." BoingBoing takes the whole thing a step further with the headline "Terry Pratchett initiates assisted suicide process." But Don't Panic just yet, if I may be allowed to borrow a line from one of Sir Terry's former contemporaries.

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  18. The 10 Greatest Vampire Archetypes

    Power Grid

    We've been in a vampir-ey mood lately. Perhaps its the success of Being Human on this side of the pond, the imminent end of the Twilight movie franchise, or maybe it's Priest. ...naaaahhh, haha, it's not Priest. Here we have listed, for your eternal pleasure, some of the most common, most famous, most versatile vein bursting bloodletters in our contemporary culture. And believe us when we say... they all suck.

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  19. The 10 Most Inexplicable Fictional Games

    Power Grid

    You know what we're talking about. It's either a fantasy setting with a new and deliberately exotic game that's basically chess, or a science fiction setting in the far future where the writers desperately need a new team sport so as not to seem reverse anachronistic. Chess has only lasted about a thousand years. It's not like anyone will still be playing it in space. But just because writers understand proper tropes, doesn't mean they're good game designers, or that they have any interest in designing games at all. So you get the game that is referenced, but never actually explained. That is, until the fans get their hands on every haphazardly dropped hint.

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  20. The Making of a Discworld City Watch Show Caught on Film

    And All Was Right With the World

    As if they completely understood fan skepticism of an on-going show based on beloved novels from a series that has had some considerable dud adaptations before... the writers behind the upcoming cop show set in the Discworld's Ankh-Morpork filmed their brain storming session with Sir Terry Pratchett himself. And... it's delightful. It's clear that the writers will not only be free to expand upon the setting that Pratchett has created: they understand exactly what works as well. Policeman's charity balls, a bunch of coppers starting a band, and the mentioned-but-never-quite-featured-in-the-books first of it's kind hospital run by Dr. John "Mossy" Lawn. ...how fast can we get this show on Netflix? (via Topless Robot.)

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