Humourous Science Fiction and Fantasy
SF/FANTASY
index

- Robert Asprin
bibliography
- James Bibby
- Fredric Brown
- L. Sprague de Camp
- Craig Shaw Gardner
- Tom Holt
bibliography
- Grant Naylor
- Terry Pratchett
bibliography
- Robert Rankin
bibliography

  • The L-Space Web, the defintive Pratchett website

  • My review of
    "Wyrd Sisters"

  • My review of
    "The Last Continent"

  • My review of
    "Reaper Man"

  • More links to sites about Terry Pratchett can be found among my sf/fantasy-links
  • Terry Pratchett - Discworld

    Terry Pratchett

    The most famous author within humourous fantasy is without a doubt Terry Pratchett (1948-). This Englishman worked as a journalist to 1980, and from 1980-87 as a publicity officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board. In 1987 he decided to be a fulltime writer.
    During 1996, one percent of all books that was sold in Britain was written by him. An outstanding accomplishment for a single writer.
    His first published story was "The Hades Business", a short story which were published in the English sf-magazine "Science Fantasy" (1963). His first novel was a childrens book by the name of "Carpet People" (1971), he had written that book at the age of seventeen. A few years later his next two novels were published; "The Dark Side of the Sun" (1976) and "Strata" (1981), both humourous sf-novels. "Strata" can partly be seen as a parody on Larry Niven's "Ringworld".
    In 1983 the first book within fantasy were published.
    The name of the novel was "The Colour of Magic" and the setting is the Discworld, a world that shows some similarities with the circular world in "Strata". In this book one will meet the cowardly magician Rincewind, which get stuck with the worlds first tourist, a rather naive and gullible person. The reader will follow their weird adventures in the world.
    The Discworld-series is Terry Pratchetts famous series. So far 24 books have been published, and they are all very funny and show no signs of becoming stagnant.
    The novels about the Discworld are freestanding, but can roughly be divided in four categories:
    The Rincewind-series consists of "The Colour of Magic", "The Light Fantastic" (1986), "Sourcery" (1988), "Eric" (1990), "Interesting Times" (1994) and "The Last Continent" (1998).

    The series about the witch Granny Weatherwax starts out with "Equal Rites" (1987) in which she fights to get a talanted girl into the Unseen University where magic is studied.
    Other books in that series are "Witches Abroad" (1991), "Wyrd Sisters" (1988), "Lords and Ladies" (1992) and "Maskerade" (1995).

    The stories about DEATH starts with "Mort" (1987) in which DEATH decides to take a vacation and let's his apprentice do the job. Not that good idea since the apprentice is to kind-hearted for the job.
    Other books about DEATH are "Reaper Man" (1991) and "Soul Music" (1994).

    City Guards or the Night Watch-series begins with "Guards! Guards!" (1989) where the city Ankh-Morpork fears their first murderer. Other books are "Men at Arms" (1993) and "Feet of Clay" (1996).
    The other books about Discworld is loosly tied together, there is no need to read them in any particular order, although with the categories it's a good idea to read the first books where the characters will be introduced.

    In the encylcopedia "Twentieth-Century Science Fiction Writers 2ed edition" (1986), by Curtis Smith, Don D'Ammassa writes:

    "Humorous science fiction does not in general sell well and, as of this writing, only Strata has seen a mass market paperback edition in the United States. His [Pratchett's] style is certainly unique enough to attract a following, but it is unclear just how influential his work might ultimately be."

    Looking at the genre fantasy now, Terry Pratchett is probably one of the reasons why fantasy have becomed so popular in the 90s. Many that have read Pratchett, but otherwise havn't been interested in fantasy, has started to read other tales of fantasy which are not humourous.

    - Terry Pratchett, a bibliography


    Related books at Amazon UK:
    The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1) , Kindle Edition
    The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) , Kindle Edition
    Dodger , Kindle Edition (September 2012)

    Related books at Amazon USA:
    The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1) , Kindle Edition
    The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) , Kindle Edition
    Dodger , Kindle Edition (September 2012)

    Related books at Amazon Canada:
    The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1) , Kindle Edition
    The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) , Kindle Edition
    Dodger , Kindle Edition (September 2012)

    Related books at Amazon Deutschland:
    The Colour Of Magic: (Discworld Novel 1) , Kindle Edition
    The Light Fantastic: (Discworld Novel 2) , Kindle Edition
    Dodger , Kindle Edition (September 2012)

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