Terry Pratchett has rare, early-onset Alzheimer's

Terry Pratchett has addressed an open letter to his fans (on Paul Kidby's Discworld News) with some genuinely awful news — he has a rare form of early-onset Alzheimer's. His note is incredibly brave and chipper. The man's a real inspiration — incredibly prolific, brilliant and talented, friendly and clearly as happy as anything with where he's found himself. — Read the rest

Pratchett's "Going Postal": Graft, hackers, and a semaphore Internet

I've just finished Terry Pratchett's latest (and finest!) Discworld book, "Going Postal," which concerns itself with the re-opening of the Ankh-Morpork post office as a competitive check against the sempahore tower monopoly. Pratchett's hilarious Discworld novels are parables about issues of modern day, and work on multiple levels: as comedic novels, as stories and as political commentary, and Going Postal is no exception. — Read the rest