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Fantasy author: I have Alzheimer's [Terry Pratchett]
CNN.com ^ | 12/13/07

Posted on 12/15/2007 8:33:53 AM PST by Slings and Arrows

LONDON, England (CNN) -- Fantasy author Terry Pratchett has admitted that he has been diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease -- but says he plans to continue writing his multi-million selling Discworld books.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: alzheimers; terrypratchett
This is terrible.
1 posted on 12/15/2007 8:33:54 AM PST by Slings and Arrows
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To: Slings and Arrows

Such a nasty disease. My MIL had it and it just robs you of yourself a little at a time. My prayers for a cure.
susie


2 posted on 12/15/2007 8:34:53 AM PST by brytlea (amnesty--an act of clemency by an authority by which pardon is granted esp. to a group of individual)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Prayers up. Sad news.


3 posted on 12/15/2007 8:39:44 AM PST by VictoryGal (Never give up, never surrender!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; ...

Sad ping.


4 posted on 12/15/2007 8:40:46 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Bush is destroying the solar system:The ice caps on Mars are shrinking too." --Right_Wing_Madman)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Prayers up. I watched my grandfather go with it, probably one of the hardest things a family and friends can go through.


5 posted on 12/15/2007 8:44:12 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Terry Pratchett is a living legend.. sad news, I hope he can still write some more of his wonderful books.


6 posted on 12/15/2007 8:46:07 AM PST by Dutchguy
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To: Slings and Arrows

What a shame. Hopefully he will respond to medication.


7 posted on 12/15/2007 8:48:46 AM PST by stm (Fred Thompson in 08!)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Early Onset Alzheimer's got the fantasist Charles Beaumont,too (and he was only 34!)-and the great Mervyn Peake fell victim to Parkinson's IIRC. Now Terry Pratchett. It's horrible when anyone acquires this dreadful disease-but it's a tragedy for all humanity when our finest artists fall victim, because we all lose what they would have created, if only.... :-(

My uncle had Early Onset Alzheimer's disease-he was completely senile before he was 50. :-(

8 posted on 12/15/2007 9:01:52 AM PST by Verloona Ti
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To: Slings and Arrows

Very sad indeed. I wish him the best and a slightly selfish part of me hopes he does get a few more books out. BTW, try to catch the Hogfather (I believe it’s been on the ION network) miniseries. It came out last year in the UK but this is the first time I’ve seen it over here. Absolutely wonderful rendition of a great book. Sure to become a Christmas classic ;) (well for some of us anyway LOL)


9 posted on 12/15/2007 9:06:45 AM PST by billbears (Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. --Santayana)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Wow. Thanks. I have only been introduced to his books by my little British buddy about a week ago. I’m reading my 2nd one now.

Very sad.

10 posted on 12/15/2007 9:35:52 AM PST by OSHA (Liberals will lick the boot on their necks if they think the other boot is on yours and mine.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
He says in a statement on his own Web site that the series {Discworld} "started out as a parody of all the fantasy that was around in the big boom of the early '80s, then turned into a satire on just about everything, and even I don't know what it is now."

I'm not fond of fantasy either, but his parody/satire series is to fantasy what Don Quixote was to novels of chivalry. If you haven't read Pratchett, do yourself a favor and enjoy a great view of this world from a parallel world.

11 posted on 12/15/2007 9:41:37 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User

Read ‘em all. How can you not love a man that makes jokes about analog computers?

G-d be with him.


12 posted on 12/15/2007 9:51:40 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Bush is destroying the solar system:The ice caps on Mars are shrinking too." --Right_Wing_Madman)
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That "machine" needs a real mouse and uses a quill pen for a printer.

I'm just finishing "Making Money", another great read.

13 posted on 12/15/2007 9:55:13 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: DeFault User

No, you’re thinking of Hex. The analog computer is the water-operated economic modeler in Making Money. It’s based on a real analog computer (check Wiki).


14 posted on 12/15/2007 9:58:29 AM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Bush is destroying the solar system:The ice caps on Mars are shrinking too." --Right_Wing_Madman)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Each time Igor(s) appears in the novels I picture him as Marty Feldman.

Too bad he's no longer around to play that role again.

15 posted on 12/15/2007 10:03:01 AM PST by DeFault User
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To: Slings and Arrows

I had the honor of sharing an awards banquet with him at MidSouthCon in Memphis this year. What an entertaining and genial gentleman in person. Terrible news.


16 posted on 12/15/2007 10:06:55 AM PST by Snake65 (Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace-- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Very sad news. Pratchett is an absolute genius and his books are the best. Prayers up.


17 posted on 12/15/2007 10:13:39 AM PST by RedRover (DefendOurMarines,com)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Thanks. Knew about the ‘phantom stroke’, from:

WOSSNAME
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
November 2007 (Volume 10, Issue 11)
interact@pearwood.info

but this is new to me. as issues come out at the end of the month.


18 posted on 12/15/2007 10:19:51 AM PST by ApplegateRanch (If God didn't want a Liberal hanging from every tree, He wouldn't have created so much rope!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Damm. Just damm.


19 posted on 12/15/2007 10:21:50 AM PST by null and void (Nully, you think of the oddest things. - sweetliberty)
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To: Snake65

I didn’t know there was a MidSouthCon. I will check about attending next year. I am from Memphis.


20 posted on 12/15/2007 12:50:02 PM PST by packrat35 (Politicians would be less worthless if they were edible, or useable for packing wheel bearings.)
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To: Verloona Ti; Slings and Arrows
FWIW, There are about 500+ FReepers that use their computers to search for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease.

Called Folding@home, it runs in the background (like a screen saver) and crunches the math behind protein folding. Serious stuff, and seriously hard to do.

There are over 260,000 systems at any one time, from PCs to Macs to PS3s, that run F@H.

Its easy. The latest thread is over here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1929553/posts

We would love to have folks join us on Team 36120.

21 posted on 12/15/2007 2:10:14 PM PST by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: brytlea

I believe I’ve read all his Diskworld novels (36)—as have my daughter and wife.

God be with you, Terry.


22 posted on 12/15/2007 3:53:39 PM PST by Forgiven_Sinner (The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is at all comprehensible.)
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