Posted by Fallarnon , 12 March 2015 · 2,140 views
"Do you not know that a man is not dead while his name is still spoken?"
The world has truly grown poorer these past few weeks, first with the passing of the legendary Leonard Nimoy, and once again today with the passing of Sir Terry Pratchett, OBE. Sir Terry passed at home this morning, surrounded by his family and his cat, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.
I still remember the first time I cracked open the cover of The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld universe. What a fantastic concept, a flat world, borne upon the backs of massive elephants, themselves carried by the Great A'Tuin, a turtle much like any sea turtle found here on Earh, if those turtles were to somehow become spaceborne Star Turtles. The Discworld was a world of fantastic and wonderfully comedic things, from walking luggage to a comedic and endearing version of the grim reaper, Death, I have yet to recommend the series to anyone who did not find something to cherish within its pages.
Terry Pratchett was truly a genius of the literary arts and I will mourn his passing with great sorrow. While we can never have him back, I know that he is still with us. Sir Terry had a way with words when it came to the concept of life and death, and I truly agree with this sentiment: "No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away..."
For those of you not familiar with his work, I wholeheartedly recommend you take a look. He published nearly 70 novels throughout his lifetime but if I had to pick just one to start off with, I recommend beginning with the first novel of his Discworld series, The Colour of Magic which can be had in eBook format for only $3.99.
During his struggle with the disease that ultimately stole him from us, Terry was a staunch supporter of Alzheimer's Research UK, having made significant public donations to that organization. I can think of no more befitting way to honor his memory than to support this institution in the battle against Alzheimer's Disease. Barring any announcement from the family regarding Terry's wishes to the contrary, I plan to donate in his memory.
"So much universe, and so little time."