Developer BIOTerry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe. Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987 he turned to writing full time, and has not looked back since.
To date there are a total of 33 books in the Discworld series, of which three (so far) are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal. A non-Discworld book, Good Omens, his 1990 collaboration with Neil Gaiman, has been a longtime bestseller, and will be reissued in hardcover by William Morrow in early 2006. His new Discworld novel, Thud!, will be published this fall (2005).
Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold 40 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 33 languages.
On 11th of December of 2007, he declared to have being diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer on an open letter to his fans. He explicitly declared that this fact doesn't mean he was already dead, though.
Terry Pratchett lives in England with his family, and spends too much time at his word processor.
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- Terry Pratchett Biography) -- Indepth look at "Pterry" .. his life and his works.
- Google Groups) -- Pratchett posts at the newsgroups.
- Terry Pratchett) -- Terry Pratchett at IMDb
- TerryPratchettBooks) -- Official Pratchett site from publisher HarperCollins. Includes excerpts, interviews, contests, newsletter and a message board.