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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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What was the inspiration for the 'draco vulgaris'?

Is the draco vulgaris (first described in Guards! Guards! (1989) inspired by the pseudodragons found in Dungeons and Dragons? I recently learned about them and find many similarities: small winged ...
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What does this quote in Small Gods refer to?

In Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett, the following quote appears: It was something he shared with tortoises. Watch any tortoise walking, and periodically it will stop while it files away the ...
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Why doesn't anyone remember the Eight Great Spells?

In Interesting Times, Arch-Chancellor Ridcully says that Rincewind is not technically a wizard because he failed at the University and has never performed any "great services to magic". Rincewind ...
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What's the pyramid joke?

In The Light Fantastic, after talking about the dimensions of the Pyramid of Tsort, it says All in all, it was a lot of effort to go through just to sharpen a razor. What's the joke here?
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What's so special about the “internal planets of Protostar Five”?

Charles Sub-Lunar posits that the existence (and discovery) of the "internal planets of Protostar Five" is proof-positive of the existence of infinite alternate universes and probability mathematics. ...
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Why does Moist von Lipwig pull this trick against Reacher Gilt?

At the end of Going Postal, Moist von Lipwig makes a bet that his post office can deliver a message to a town thousands of miles away before the Grand Trunk company can. Immediately before the race ...
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Is Angus from Small gods really a small god?

In Pratchett's novel Small gods, there is this character, Angus. Because he saves St. Ungulant from the lion attack it is clear that he is not only fictional (as opposed to what we could think when ...
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Why did this happen to Maurice from Pratchett's novel?

In the Pratchett's book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, there is a moment when the intelligent cat Maurice After that, Maurice wakes up and How is that possible? I think it is not ...
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Why did Pratchett name Maurice Maurice?

In the Czech translation of Pratchett's book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (which I read) the name of the cat is Mauric. Also, there is a word from the translator at the beginning of ...
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If one was going to Hull for a quick temptation

This bit is about Crowley and Aziraphale's joint effort in "Good Omens", And though I read the book many times I've never been sure what is being suggested here. What kind of temptation would he be ...
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What is so demonic about Welsh-language television that Gaiman&Pratchett decided Crowley invented it himself?

In Good Omens, Welsh-language television is said to be one of Crowley's proud and modern acheivements. Why is that? I gathered by the context that it was BAD, but have no idea how an entertainment ...
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Librarian homage or coincidence?

In Metro 2033 (the book by Dmitry Glukhovsky although in the game as well) the main protagonist encounters "librarians" in the Russian State Library. Those are described as "Gorilla"-shaped mutants. ...
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What did each of Gaiman and Pratchett contribute to “Good Omens”?

I've recently started reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. This is possibly the first time I've read a book cowritten by two authors who are each well-known and have distinctive ...
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Is Vorbis a God?

This question relates to Vorbis in the 13th Discworld novel, Small Gods. Reading beyond this point will spoil the ending.
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From what Star Trek episode did Wobbler learn of the grandfather paradox?

In Terry Pratchett's Johnny and the Bomb, chapter 9, Kirsty tries to explain that Wobbler couldn't come back to the future with his friends because he changed history and accidentally killed his own ...
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What's the worst thing anyone could do in a fast-food restaurant?

In Johnny and the Bomb (chapter 8) Terry Pratchett writes this: Sir John sat down heavily in a seat, motioned them to sit down as well, and then did the second-worst thing anyone could do in a fast-...
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Did Neil Gaiman base Dream's eyes' appearance on Terry Pratchett's Death?

Neil Gaiman's Dream is commonly depicted as having star-like glow in his eyes, usually when he's extra serious (extra serious? you might say): Those are just from the first volume, but the general ...
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What laws are Unseen University Wizards bound by?

In Ankh-Morpork, the Wizards guild claim to operate outside the mundane laws of man, but how true is this? For example, in Reaper Man, we learn that while the university doesn't pay taxes, they do ...
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Pratchett Quote about Research and Development

I'm looking for a quote by Terry Pratchett. I'm pretty sure that the patrician was speaking about Leonard of Quirm and giving funds to Research and Development. It was something along the lines of: ...
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Is there evidence to suggest (from Going Postal) that Terry Pratchett worked at BT during the privatisation?

In the book Going Postal we read of a telecommunications company that has a new CEO who acts like a pirate (ie a Merchant Banker). The book encompasses large parts of the horror of employees who see ...
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Is the Glorious Revolution, in Night Watch, in tribute to Douglas Adams by Terry Pratchett?

The Glorious Revolution in Discworld is on the same day as Towel Day. Night watch, which features the Glorious Revolution was written a year after Adam's passing. Did Pratchett ever imply this was ...
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Looking for a Discworld book a quote is from (and the full quote)

I've been thinking about a quote from one of the Discworld books which went something like (from memory and not in the tone of Terry): The thing about insurmountable mountains is that they are ...
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Terry Pratchett quote about what authors look like

I once read a funny quote from Terry Pratchett about authors (maybe fantasy authors specifically?) and their appearance, which I'm trying to find again. It was something like: Most authors look ...
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Why did Goodie Whemper have to rest in peace?

All through the Discworld series (well, the 'Witches' story arc, at least), whenever Margat refers to her former mentor, Goodie Whemper, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg chorus "may-she-rest-in-peace". ...
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Is pig's ear a low quality foodstuff as claimed by the Discworld? [closed]

In the Discworld Series, pig's ear is portrayed as a low-quality foodstuff. From lspace: this is a necessity, forced upon the typical Agatean coolie when all the other more interesting bits of the ...
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Is murder a crime in Ankh-Morpork?

On one hand, the Night Watch pursues much smaller offences. On the other hand, members of the Assassins' publicly acknowledge their murders without facing any punishment.
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What are the names of all the named characters who appear in the Discworld novels in order of appearance? [closed]

Can anyone provide a list, or location of a list with this information? If this doesn't exist anywhere, do any partial lists exist?
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Does the ending of “The Long Utopia” have an obvious flaw?

At the end of "The Long Utopia" by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett: Was all of this an oversight on the part of the authors? Or are there context clues that express why this wouldn't be possible?
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Continuation of the Annotated Pratchett File

For less recent discworld books, I found the Annotated Pratchett File a very good source of references to popular culture. However, the site appears to have stopped being maintained around the time "...
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What is this reference in wyrd sisters?

I am reading "Wyrd Sisters" by Terry Pratchett and came upon this paragraph: “Right!” He pointed a vibrating finger toward the stage and lowered his voice and, at that moment, a dramatic ...
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Is there a date given for “Step Day”?

I just finished Baxter and Pratchett's The Long Earth -- it was pretty good; I'll have to see if I can get my hands on the sequel(s). Having noticed that many of the events and diary entries in the ...
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Was it ever stated why Susan quit being a governess between Hogfather and Thief of Time?

During the events of Hogfather Susan Sto Helit was the governess of Twyla and Gawain Gaiter. But in the next book she appears in, Thief of Time, there was no mention of the children nor her previous ...
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In Reaper Man why doesn't Bill Door use his original scythe?

There's a plot hole in Reaper Man that I've never been able to understand. Ned Simnel failed to destroy the scythe so Bill Door was unable to use it against the New Death. However Miss Flitcroft then ...
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What is Dios doing on the island?

I recently re-read the Discworld novel Pyramids and I noticed something I missed last time. The high priest Dios mentions an island a few times and how he has to do something there because his body ...
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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 (see 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 context)...
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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 scaring ...
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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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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 ...