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I'm going to have to add details and quotes later for this as I don't currently have access to the books, but I remember noticing some things I thought were foreshadowing for an underground system in the later AM Discworld novels. In Thud, a large system of underground tunnels with rails was developed by the dwarves and then abandoned, and the Moist von Lipwig arc all dealt with major infrastructure developments (banking, postal services, railways). Do we have any evidence that Terry Pratchett had plans for, or even started writing, a book concerning the development of an underground railway system for Ankh Mopork?

(Before asking I Googled this and noted that someone over on the LSpace wiki came to the same conclusion, but the page doesn't cite any sources from the Pratchett estate.)

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    It's worth noting that any works in progress were, as per his wishes, quite comprehensively destroyed last year - theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/30/…. The person most likely to be able to give a definitive answer would be Rob Wilkins. – Adrian Wragg Jan 23 '18 at 12:07
  • @adrianwragg I remember - sad, but I can understand his wishes. But just so nobody views this as a reason to close, I'd point out that this is still answerable with evidence that such work existed, even though it would now be gone. – tardigrade Jan 23 '18 at 12:32
  • It's answerable if it was planned and someone close to him said it was being planned. If he hadn't planned it, on the other hand, there would be no evidence - and lack of evidence is not evidence. So don't hold your breath on getting an answer, but I'd see no solid reason to close either. – Adrian Wragg Jan 23 '18 at 13:57
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    Check the foreword (?) to The Shepherd's Crown. It mentioned a few of the planned future works, IIRC. – Harry Johnston Jan 23 '18 at 18:31
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    If I recall it correctly, in "Making Money" Vetinari speaks of needing a new finance system for funding Undertaking (?). The way it was talked about left me an impression that it was related to Underground. – Gnudiff Oct 10 at 21:40
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This is almost certainly unanswerable. The only information we have about unwritten Discworld novels is a footnote to The Shepherd's Crown by Rob Wilkins:

We will not know how the old folk of Twilight Canyons solve the mystery of a missing treasure and defeat the rise of a Dark Lord despite their failing memories, nor [... other non-Underground stuff elided]. And these are just a few of the ideas his office and family know about.

In accordance with Pterry's wishes, the hard disk containing his unpublished material was destroyed after his death. Unless a member of "his office and family" choose to disregard the spirit, if not the letter, of that aspect of his will and share his unpublished ideas posthumously, they will remain unknown.

  • I just realised that the question in the title was not the same as the question in body - the former was probably unanswerable, this answers the second. Now edited to match. I'll leave it open for a day or two in case anyone else has anything to add but it seems pretty conclusive. – tardigrade Jan 23 '18 at 23:03

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