Discworld Series Will End

No one will continue the Discworld series with new novels, whether based on notes Sir Terry might have left behind or not, Pratchett’s daughter Rhianna has decided.

Pratchett finished writing the 41st book in the series last summer: The Shepherd’s Crown will be released in the UK in August by Doubleday Children’s.

[Thanks to David Klaus and Andrew Porter for the story.]

21 thoughts on “Discworld Series Will End

  1. In the Ramtop village where they dance the real Morris Dance, for example, they believe that no one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the worlddie away- ntil the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished it fermentuntil the crop the planted is harvested. the span of someone’s life, they say, is only the core of their actual exixtence.

  2. In the Ramtop village where they dance the real Morris Dance, for example, they believe that no one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world
    die away- until the clock he wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished it fermentuntil the crop the planted is harvested. the span of someone’s life, they say, is only the core of their actual exixtence.

    By that standard Terry Pratchett will still be with us, in a manner of speaking, for a rather long time to come.

    I suppose this counts as my delurk. Um, hello everyone.

  3. It would be for the best. Even if I am hopelessly behind in my reading, I try to read Sir Terry’s books from time to time.And no I do not own all of them. I did recently find 8 of his Discworld titles in a thrift store which were all British first editions, for $2 a title.

    Hope they keep those drafts and notes. Might be interesting to read.

  4. Bugger! Millenium hand and shrimp!

    Still, she knew him best. I will regret, but respect, her decision.

  5. I think it’s an entirely good decision, myself. Discworld wasn’t a setting for other people to tell stories, or a collaborative effort, like the DC or Marvel universes or Star Wars, and nor were they an unfinished narrative, like the Wheel of Time series. The books were what they were because of the man who wrote them. Discworld novels are Terry Pratchett novels, and a non-Pratchett Discworld book would make no more sense than a Beatles record without John, Paul, George & Ringo.

    (I make one exception — I think it would be rather nice to see a single Discworld short story collection come out, with various writers doing shorts as a tribute to Pterry. Something like that might be nice, but “continuing the series” would be a terrible idea.)

  6. Don’t regret it–too many series have been tainted by having people try to write more of them. While there have been good Sherlock Holmes pastiches, there have been a raft of bad ones, and according to ERB fans, the less said about Barton Werper, the better.

    In the case of Discworld we have 41 novels to enjoy–a bigger output than either Doyle’s Holmes or Burroughs’s Tarzan. Enjoy them.

  7. There have been many sequels to ALICE IN WONDERLAND , but none of them seem to be anything more than once printed and forgotten.

    Harlan Ellison’s papers and unfinished stories are to be torched after his death, because he doesn’t want his legacy carried out by a future Lin Carter.

  8. While it makes me sad to think that a whole world died with him I think that is for the best. I can’t imagine reading a continuation of the Discworld books written by someone else, they’d either be trying to mimic Pratchett’s style (which I don’t think would go well as he had a unique voice), or they’d be writing it in a completely different way which wouldn’t make it Discworld anymore.

  9. She’s turning down a mountain of money by doing this, but I respect the decision and think it’s the right choice. Besides, she’s a good enough writer on her own that she doesn’t need to live in her father’s shadow.

  10. I totally agree with her decision, although I would love to see a release of his various notes and letters, if the estate thinks they are contributory to his legacy.

  11. I trust her judgment on this, and respect her for making a difficult decision. I look forward to seeing Rhianna Pratchett’s original work.

  12. This is the right choice. Pterry’s work is monument enough.
    I like to think that the Discworlders are getting on with their lives, just not letting us know. And Granny Weatherwax still aten’t dead.

  13. “”Look, Juan, I’ve collaborated with all sorts — from Intel engineers in geriatric homes to full-time members of Pratchett belief circles.”

    — Vernor Vinge, Fast Times at Fairmont High (2001)

  14. I trust her judgment on this, and respect her for making a difficult decision. I look forward to seeing Rhianna Pratchett’s original work.

    I agree. This is for the best.

    If you want to see Rhianna’s work, she’s made a name for herself in the videogames industry. She even took over writing duties for Tomb Raider with the recent reboot IIRC, which was one of Terry’s favorite series. He even worked an Easter Egg from one of the games into one of the Witch novels. 🙂

  15. Robert Whitaker Sirignano wrote: “Harlan Ellison’s papers and unfinished stories are to be torched after his death.”

    Does that include The Last Dangerous Visions?

  16. I see the crap has risen to to the top to type again.

    I wold assume the stories are not his to destroy. That is simple logic. It is bone headed logic. What’ to comprehend beyond a man’s wishes?

  17. *sniffles at Oraclenine’s quote*

    **wishes I could post picture of lilac**

    It’s the best decision.

    I haven’t been able to finish _Raising STeam_ though I loved Moist’s earlier stories, but am looking forward to the final Tiffany Aching story.

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