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The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

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The Long Earth, by T Pratchett, S Baxter

Leaving a sense of wonder

Terry Pratchett (Sir Terence David John Pratchett, OBE) died on 12 March 2015. He was only 66 years old, much too young to die, and much too early a death for his fans the world over, who were left gasping for just one more Discworld novel. He had written 40 Discworld novels, the first, The Colour of Magic, published in 1983, and the last, the 40th, Raising Steam, was published in 2013. The 41st, The Shepherd’s Crown, is due to be published posthumously in late 2015, by his daughter, Rhianna. Terry Pratchett gave the world the gift of his imagining, Discworld and his many other creations, and he exited this world graciously, trying to the last to do good. More so the pity then, that I did not enjoy his collaboration with Stephen Baxter in The Long Earth half as much as any of his solo novels. (Continue reading…)

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