Fantasy fans have been quite nervous since 2007, when Sir Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Pratchett is still active as ever, of course, but the question stood for some time—who will handle his beloved Discworld series when he’s no longer able to write them? Will this be the last of Ankh-Morporkh, the Watch, Susan Sto Helit, and the rest?
Thankfully, the answer is no.
It looks as though Pratchett has already planned to hand the series over to his daughter, author and game writer Rhianna Pratchett, saying in an interview with the New Statesmen that “the Discworld is safe in my daughter’s hands.”
Rhianna is already working on the forthcoming Discworld television series, The Watch, and will continue on with the books once Terry decides it is time. (Apparently there are fabulous casting details forthcoming about The Watch that Pratchett could not give up.) Pratchett has every confidence in his daughter, which is incredibly exciting news for his fans everywhere.
According to the interview, having to acknowledge a day when he can no longer write still makes him “incredibly angry,” but he isn’t letting that stop him from working, despite being no longer able to type or write longhand for extended periods. The interview also goes into detail about a distressing heart attack the author suffered in a cab while in New York City in October. (Possibly right after his New York Comic Con appearance.)
We’re still hoping that Sir Terry continues long into the 21st century, but it is good to know that he has made the choice of how his fiction will be handled and where it will go from here. Fans of the Discworld series can rest assured that Pratchett’s work will not ebb away or come to a close any time soon.
Get the rest of the news about Discworld, Rhianna Pratchett, and The Watch over at New Statesman.