RIP Sir Terry

March 12, 2015

Terry Pratchett died today at the age of 66.

I owe Sir Terry an incalculable debt of gratitude. He’s one of the authors I thanked in my very first book. He’s the author I most compare my style to—though mine is but a shadow of his, for now at least. He’s one of the people who has most informed my worldview, especially on the power of stories. He’s the author I’ve bought the most, read the most, and reread the most, which is something I rarely have time to do.

But most of all, he’s the one who made me believe I could write. No—he’s the one who made me want to write enough to actually do it, for the dream of telling stories like he did. He’s also the one I secretly dreamed would one day hear of my work, and lend me a kind word. Now that will never happen.

Thank you, Terry. Thank you for everything. Rest in peace.

“It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.” -Terry Pratchett

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By Stephen W. Gee

Author of Wage Slave Rebellion, Freelance Heroics, and about two good blog posts out of a hundred.

2 Comments

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    Christina

    Even if you won’t get to hear it from him, hear it from someone who reads him, & please keep writing. At least you two will always have have fans in common. 🙂

    1. Reply

      Stephen W. Gee

      Thank you so much! To be honest, it wasn’t a big dream or anything—an idle wish, really. But admitting to that little fantasy is the best way I could think of to convey how big of an influence he was.

      But having fans in common … well, I can live with that. Quite happily, in fact!

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