Terry Pratchett – Gone but never lost
By Jessica Dwyer
It’s been three days since Terry Pratchett joined his friend (and ours) The Grim Reaper, AKA Death on the next step of his journey to where we all eventually go.
I didn’t really know what to say about this loss…and it took me a few days to figure out what I wanted to say. And what that is is that we will never really lose Terry Pratchett. Sir Terry is always going to be with us thanks to the glorious and numerous words he left for us. He’s there in the wit and heart of his daughter Rhianna who tearfully gave the news through Twitter of her father meeting his old friend, giving voice to Death in the same way her father did for so many years, in ALL CAPS.
Pratchett created a universe for us, a beautiful and absurd universe that traveled the cosmos on the back of a turtle. In that universe and in that world, so much like our own, he showed us our own goofiness and humanity, the magic around and in us. Like another amazing writer taken from us too soon, Douglas Adams, Sir Terry Pratchett was a humanist who used his stories to help show the best in us and the absurd.
Terry Pratchett faced a diagnoses that was perhaps the most horrible sort a writer could face with humor, guts, and determination. He kept writing, he kept positive, and he brought the disease into the public eye.
And that sort of fearlessness is what I truly take away from Terry Pratchett and what I responded with to something Neil Gaiman posted on Twitter not long after Terry was gone.Tweet