Terry Pratchett is an English author famous for writing the Discworld series of books. He has also written a number of other science-fiction and fantasy works, and co-authored Good Omens with Neil Gaiman.

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Discworld, The Colour of Magic: Rincewind and the Potent Voyager

I finished reading The Colour of Magic, and I think that something has eluded me. Towards the end, Rincewind, Twoflower and the Luggage were shot off over the Edge in the Potent Voyager. Immediately ...
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What happened to the ferrous metal restriction in Pratchett/Baxter's Long War

I am now about 25% through "The Long War", sequel to "The Long Earth" by Terry Pratchett and just noticed that they are talking about "armed soldiers", "pistol-whipping", and other things. However, in ...
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Logical fallacy in “Pyramids” by Terry Pratchett

Teppic meets Ephebian philosophers who are trying to prove that a tortoise can outrun an arrow. I understand this is because the tortoise moves, so when the arrow gets to where the tortoise was, it ...
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How can I find what the line is?

I saw this in an interview (about Good Omens) that Neil Gaiman posted on his tumblr. TP: “In fact, people that have read a lot of the ‘Discworld’ books and a lot of the ‘Sandman’ comics will ...
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Footnote in Wyrd sisters - significant?

In Wyrd Sisters, by Terry Pratchett, there is a footnote that could be just a throwaway comment, or could refer to something. As it is Pratchett, I am inclined to think it is the latter. Can anyone ...
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Is the picture based on a real picture in Terry Pratchett's “The Picture”?

I was reading A Blink of the Screen [amazon] and one of the short stories "The Picture" describes a painting. Is this a real painting?
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Who sent a would-be killer in Night Watch?

In one chapter of the Discworld novel Night Watch, a man tries to kill Vimes from a nearby roof using a crossbow while the latter is enjoying a cocoa outside the Watch House (it makes sense in ...
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In Good Omens, is there any joke involving Pollution and Elvis?

In Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, there are jokes about Elvis Presley that clearly relate to at least three of the four apocalyptic horsepersons. The newspaper War works for is ...
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Was 'The Thing' from the Bromeliad Trilogy inspired by the Connection Machine?

I came across this description of the Connection Machine on this wikipedia page: The Connection Machine, a 65,536-processor parallel computer designed in the mid-1980s, was a black cube with one ...
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Discworld quote about students getting in the way

There's a famous quote by one of the staff of Unseen University, where they say something along the lines of the university being a great place if it wasn't for all the bloody students. Does anyone ...
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Does Terry Pratchett's Discworld follow on from Strata?

I've only recently read Strata, and I've heard it repeatedly mentioned that Strata not just inspired the Discworld setting, but the two universes are the same. Is this proven/stated ever? Are there ...
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Death's motivation in part of Terry Pratchett's Hogfather

There is a scene in which Death enters the toy store (shopkeeper played by Terry Pratchett himself) and buys a wooden horse, outbidding whoever ordered it. That boy outside in the frost with his nose ...
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Who is the Tooth Fairy really in Terry Pratchett's Hogfather?

In Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (television adaptation) Susan finds towards the end of the Hogfather story, who is this? How is this the In what sense? Is this any relation to the monster ...
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Has anyone else written about Terry Pratchett's other worlds?

Prior to writing about the Discworld, Terry Pratchett wrote about the worlds of Strata, and Carpet People and later the Bromeliad Trilogy (Truckers, Diggers, Wings). These settings have not seen as ...
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Terry Pratchett: Story that the Patrician tells Vimes or Moist about 3 men. one with money one with might and one with a weapon

I can't remember the book this is in and I don't really know any parts of the exact wording, but the Patrician was telling Vimes or Moist von Lipwig (I am not sure here as well) a story about 3 men. ...
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Why don't the Shand die out?

Shand are a fictional race from Terry Prattchet's Strata, who survive only on other Shand. In fact without the certain proteins in a Shand in a Shand's diet they go into a homicidal feeding rage. ...
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What are the sources of the imagery for the Discworld resting on the backs of the four elephants and Great A'tuin?

The turtle and elephant bit come from Hindu mythology. But the Vedas mention only one elephant and the world spins at the end of his trunk. I want to know if there are other mythologies Pratchett is ...
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How old is Vimes?

At the end of Unseen Academicals (or, if it's easier to place, Thud!), how old is Sam Vimes? Is it possible to even figure out what his age is?
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Originator of the “Gods Require Belief” Trope

Terry Pratchett (and Neil Gaiman afterwards) seems to have popularized the idea of gods as supernatural beings that require belief in them to exist. But is this idea truly original to him? Or are ...
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Which Discworld book to start a newbie on [closed]

If you were going to loan one Terry Pratchett book from the Discworld series to someone, which book would you use?
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What is headology in Discworld?

In Discworld, Granny Weatherwax discusses "headology" fairly often as one of the keys to her power. What exactly does she mean by the term?
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What order should I be reading the Discworld books in?

I've read some of the Discworld books, and they were referencing each other in an order different than what I've been reading. If I wanted to maintain chronology, and get all of the back references, ...