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Prolific fantasy author, Sir Terry Pratchett, was murdered by witches looking for his gallbladder for a potion at the spry age of 66.  (The City Watch is investigating the crime.)

Actually, Pratchett died of Alzheimer’s disease… man, ever have one of those days where you thought that you had Alzheimer’s?

Pratchett was best known for his Discworld series: 40 volumes about this wonderful, fantastical place where people listened to music and stored information on these little plastic discs of compact size.

Discworld novels included  The Colour of Magic, (which is fuchsia), Snuff (made into the Nicolas Cage movie “8MM”), Wyrd Sisters, (who played at Harry Potter’s prom) and Going Postal which is all about how to sort mail… that last one doesn’t seem very fantasy-like.

Pratchett died of Alzheimer’s disease… man, ever have one of those days where you thought that you had Alzheimer’s?

According to The Times, (I’m not sure which Times, New York, Los Angeles or “of our lives”) Pratchett was the top-selling

Nobody, under any circumstances, should wear a bowler hat.  Ever.

Nobody, under any circumstances, should wear a bowler hat. Ever.

and highest earning UK author in 1996.  No fantasy author since then has ever achieved this.  No, really, name one English fantasy author who was more successful?  You can’t can you.  If there was one he would be a household name.  (I say “he” because there’s no way a woman could ever be a successful fantasy author.  I’d be willing to be my Nimubus 2000 on that.)

Pratchett died of Alzheimer’s disease… man, ever have one of those days where you thought that you had Alzheimer’s?

The Discworld novels spawned conventions worldwide.  And if you thought that Star Trek conventions were bad…. man, these guys are somewhere between “The World of Warcraft” and LARPers.  But they’re not as bad as Bronies.  No one is as bad as Bronies… well, maybe those steampunk assholes.

Pratchett disliked the term “magical realism” which is “like a polite way of saying you write fantasy and is more acceptable to certain people … who, on the whole, do not care that much.”  Personally, I never heard the term before… so I really don’t give a shit.

Pratchett died of Alzheimer’s disease… man, ever have one of those days where you thought that you had Alzheimer’s?

Pratchett was knighted in 2008 for slaying the dragon that kept climbing onto Buckingham Palace while singing “Whiter Shade of Pale”.  (Really, the Queen herself has a touch of Alzheimer’s… man, ever have one of those days– Oooh!  Shiny!)

This hit goes to: Pirate’s Occupy the Casket!  Pirate gets on the board with 40 points!

Nancy Reagan, somehow, continues to live.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 120 – (Diem Brown – 70, Sam Simon – 50)

Tailgating with Jesus: 90 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20, Minnie Minoso -10)

Anne: 70 – (Lesley Gore – 40, Joe Cocker – 30)

Gianna: 70 – (Ahmad “Real” Givens – 70)

Nikki: 60 – (Stuart Scott – 60)

Occupy the Casket: 40 – (Sir Terry Pratchett – 40)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 40 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 30 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20)

Team Sushi: 30 – (Marion Barry – 30)

Babysitter: 20 – (Leonard Nimoy – 20)

Mostly Mike: 20 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 20 – (Mario Cuomo – 20)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)

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