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Terry Pratchett

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Sir Terence David John Pratchett (28 April 1948 - 12 March 2015) was an English author who primarily wrote fantasy fiction. His comic fantasy book series Discworld frequently parody, or take inspiration from, J.R.R. Tolkien.


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Articles and short stories


In an interview with The New York Times, Pratchett was asked “Who are your favorite fantasy novelists?” to which he replied:

O.K., I give in. J. R. R. Tolkien. I wrote a letter to him once and got a very nice reply. Just think how busy he would have been, and yet he took the time out to write to a fan.

In another interview Pratchett wass asked: "Why do you feel uncomfortable with being ahead of Tolkien?" and he replied:

I think Tolkien will be around in a hundred years time but I’m not certain that I will.
“[W]hen I was young I wrote a letter to J.R.R. Tolkien, just as he was becoming extravagantly famous. I think the book that impressed me was Smith of Wootton Major. Mine must have been among hundreds or thousands of letters he received every week. I got a reply. It might have been dictated. For all I know, it might have been typed to a format. But it was signed. He must have had a sackful of letters from every commune and university in the world, written by people whose children are now grown-up and trying to make a normal life while being named Galadriel or Moonchild. It wasn’t as if I’d said a lot. There were no numbered questions. I just said that I’d enjoyed the book very much. And he said thank you. For a moment, it achieved the most basic and treasured of human communications: you are real, and therefore so am I.”[3]

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  1. "Terry Pratchett: By the Book", The New York Times (accessed 12 March 2015)
  2. "INTERVIEW Terry Pratchett", GamesRadar (accessed 12 March 2015)
  3. Terry Pratchett, A Slip of the Keyboard: Collected Non-Fiction (p. 73)