In the end of The Light Fantastic the Great A'Tuin finally reaches the red star, and baby turtles hatch, each complete with four baby elephants and a tiny discworld.

I'm seriously doubting there is any news on this, but do we ever find out anything about these new worlds? I've not read the final couple of novels, nor the young adult ones, though of course there may be information in any of the novels and I've missed / forgotten. Or perhaps is there any indication of anything planned to be revealed had the series not sadly ended?

1 Answer 1


I'm sad to say that they wander off into the void and are never heard from again. The 8 miniature 'Chelys Galactica' don't make an appearance in any later Pratchett books, stories or writings.

They're briefly referred to in The Ultimate Discworld Companion, but we don't learn anything new.

After the events of The Light Fantastic, the Great A’Tuin was orbited by eight baby turtles, each with four small world elephant calves and tiny discworlds, covered in smoke and volcanoes. They have subsequently begun their own cosmic journeys.

  • Did Pratchett write "and are never heard of again" or do we just not hear of them again?
    – Mac Cooper
    Apr 14, 2016 at 22:02
  • 4
    @MacCooper - The latter. I've read all the Pratchett novels as well as the short stories and there's simply no mention of them.
    – Valorum
    Apr 14, 2016 at 22:09
  • awesome, just wanted to check Pratchett hadn't written them away. Ugh that's dissapointing.
    – Mac Cooper
    Apr 14, 2016 at 22:10
  • 6
    Pratchett is on one of them
    – Naib
    Apr 14, 2016 at 22:29
  • 2
    I expect a giant picture of a tiny star turtle going into the darkness. And at least three quotes!
    – user40790
    Apr 14, 2016 at 22:31

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.