Terry Pratchett may be gone, but his workload is as busy as ever
To paraphrase a famous phrase, “a good writer never dies.” There’s something about fading away tacked on to the end there, but when it comes to artists, death can lead to a prolific outpouring of content that may match, or even surpass what came during their life.
For example, Prince, who recently passed away, left at least 26 albums worth of music that will almost certainly make their way to the public (although some potentially nasty legal battles are waiting). Despite dying in 1973, J.R.R. Tolkien has had nine releases credited to him since his passing, with the most recent coming just a few months ago. There have been nearly three times as many Dune books released after Frank Herbert’s death as he himself wrote.
And so it goes with Terry Pratchett, who passed away in March 2015 after a long battle with Posterior Cortical Atrophy, a form of Alzheimer’s.
During a memorial held on April 14, 2016, Pratchett’s former personal assistant, Rob Wilkins, revealed that several Pratchett works are coming in the near future. Pratchett may be gone, but he won’t be forgotten.
The forthcoming works are across multiple mediums. To begin with, there’s a graphic novel titled Small Gods, written by Pratchett with art by Ray Friesen. It’s scheduled to be published on July 28 by Doubleday.
There’s a Discworld Encyclopedia on the way. It doesn’t have a release date, or really much available information other than it exists, but it’s coming though.
A six-episode television mini-series adaptation of the novel Good Omens is also on the way. It will be written by Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s co-author on the book. Apparently, Pratchett personally requested that Gaiman adapt the novel for television shortly before his death.
In other film and TV news, several other adaptions were mentioned. Terry Rossio (Aladdin, Shrek) is making Mort into a film, and The Wee Free Men is being adapted for the screen by Rhianna Pratchett, Terry’s daughter.
Like many authors who’ve passed away, it wouldn’t be a surprise if a treasure trove of notes, unfinished stories, unpublished novels, ruminations, and other writings from Pratchett’s life make it out into the wider world.
“The PCA finally took Terry from this world on 12th March last year,” Transworld Publishing’s managing director, Larry Finlay, said at the memorial. “It robbed him of so many more years of life, family, friendships and writing, and it robbed us of so many more books unwritten, so much invention, so many stories, so much wisdom and so much joy – but, as Terry wrote in Reaper Man: ‘No one is finally dead until the ripples they caused in the world die away – until the clock he wound up winds down’.”