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Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".
We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I
expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)
PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should
be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as
will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell.
I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I
would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.
I'm glad he's keeping optimistic about it, and am more than glad for him that it was discovered relatively early giving him time to sort out his estate and what not. I've heard from more than a few people that having the time to mentally prepare for the side effects of the disease goes a long way to help in coping with it. Also mildly comforting is that he says that he will still write a few books, which is nice.
Ultimately though, this is sad, sad news and he's even relatively young too (59)
Basically just wanted to put the news out there, since I know quite a few fans of his go on these boards, but I guess we can just make this into a general Discworld thread since we haven't had one in ages, although talking about Discworld seems kind of hollow now.