A series of comic fantasy books by Terry Pratchett. It consists of 41 novels and several short stories and companion books. Several books have been adapted for the theatre, and a few have even been produced as television mini-series.
Discworld books are chock-full of jokes and more or less obscure allusions to historical anecdotes, classical mythology and fairy tales, earlier writers, contemporaneous pop-culture and more. Many of these are documented in the collaboratively-maintained Annotated Pratchett File (APF).
The Discworld is ruled by narrative causality: what happens is what the Story makes happen (however, the characters write the Story to some extent). The gods of the Discworld are constrained by narrative causality as well, and their power is tributary to the people who believe in them.
The Discworld series includes:
- 41 novels (6 of which are aimed at younger readers)
- several short stories.
- 4 Science of Discworld books combining the Discworld with popular science, coauthored with mathematician Ian Stewart) and biologist Jack Cohen
- 2 quiz books by David Langford
- yearly editions of the Discworld Diary
- the Discworld Companion by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs
- several maps (the Mapps)
- other companion material
- 18 Discworld novels have been adapted for the stage by Stephen Briggs.
- A few have been adapted into television movies or miniseries.
- The BBC has made several radio adaptations.
- 3 novels have been adapted into graphic novels.