Fifty Years of Terry Pratchett

The Modernisation of the Discworld

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett is an award-winning cross-media writer, story designer and narrative paramedic and the daughter of Sir Terry Pratchett.

In our journey through the Discworld series, from The Colour of Magic to The Shepherd’s Crown, we see huge progress on the Disc as it journeys from the Century of the Fruitbat into the Century of the Anchovy. Our first glimpse of technological invention could be considered to be the creation of cinema in Moving Pictures. However,…

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Meet Death

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett is an award-winning cross-media writer, story designer and narrative paramedic and the daughter of Sir Terry Pratchett.

As an aspect of the entity Azrael, Death of Universes, the Discworld’s own anthropomorphic personification of Death takes the traditional form of a scythe-carrying, black-robed skeleton. His eyes appear to be two tiny blue stars flaring within his boney sockets, as if viewed across the gulf of space. Death has no need for vocal chords, his…

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Great A’Tuin and the Discworld

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett is an award-winning cross-media writer, story designer and narrative paramedic and the daughter of Sir Terry Pratchett.

Most planets, like our own Roundworld, are spherical bodies that spin on their axis whilst caught in an interplanetary gravitational waltz around a central star. The Discworld has no such predictability or adherence to the laws of physics. The Disc is a flat earth, a circular plane supported by four gigantic elephants which stand on the carapace of…

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Sam Vimes ‘Boots’ Theory of Socio-Economic Unfairness

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett is an award-winning cross-media writer, story designer and narrative paramedic and the daughter of Sir Terry Pratchett.

Perhaps one of the most popular quotes from the Discworld series is Sam Vimes’s ‘Boots’ Theory of Socio-economic Unfairness, propounded in Men at Arms: The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money. Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really…

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Wizard Hierarchies

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett

Rhianna Pratchett is an award-winning cross-media writer, story designer and narrative paramedic and the daughter of Sir Terry Pratchett.

While girls are generally chosen as apprentices in the witching profession based on an aptitude for magic and a reasonably practical attitude, if a boy is born the eighth son of an eighth son, he is automatically a wizard. Wizards, like witches, have foreknowledge of the time of their impending death and some use this…

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