Thousands of fans of the great fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett have signed a petition to bring him back from the dead.
The Discworld author, who died aged 66 after a long battle with early onset Alzheimer’s, featured the character ‘Death’ in almost all of his 40 Discworld novels.
Pratchett’s Death was not your stereotypical Grim Reaper, but was instead an irreverent portrayal who – featuring heavily in 1987 novel Mort –had a fondness for cats, enjoyed curry and spoke LIKE THIS. A change.org petition has been signed by more than 6,600 supporters since it launched last night. The petition’s founder, Tom Pride, set it up “because Terry Pratchett said ‘There are times in life when people must know when not to let go.’”
Referring to the recent suspension of the BBC’s Top Gear presenter and a petition for his reinstatement, Pride added: “If there is any justice in the world, this petition will beat Jeremy Clarkson's. So it won’t.”
Terry Pratchett: A career in quotes
Terry Pratchett: A career in quotes
1/13 “Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out” –The Light Fantastic
Pratchett photographed in 1990
2/13 "We Pratchetts are a feisty bunch"
Pratchett with his daughter Rhianna at home in 2009. Rhianna is now a writer in her own right and has written the storylines to video games such as Tomb Raider and Overlord
3/13 "It occurred to me that at one point it was like I had two diseases - one was Alzheimer's, and the other was knowing I had Alzheimer's"
Terry Pratchett delivers a petition on behalf of the Alzheimer's Research Trust calling for an increase in government funding for dementia research in 2008
4/13 "Imagination, not intelligence, made us human"
Terry Pratchett with his double-row of six computer screens in 2009
5/13 “If you don’t turn your life into a story, you just become a part of someone else’s story”
Pratchett was awarded an OBE in 1998
6/13 “Sometimes glass glitters more than diamonds because it has more to prove” - The Truth
Terry Pratchett launches his 25th novel of the 'Discworld' series, 'The Truth' in 2000
7/13 “Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you”
In 2007, the year he announced he had Alzeihmer's
8/13 "You can't ask a fantasy writer not to want a knighthood"
Receiving his knighthood in 2009
AFP PHOTO/Ian Nicholson/POOL
9/13 "Life doesn't happen in chapters - at least, not regular ones"
Pratchett at home in 2009
10/13 “The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it”
Pratchett at the world congress of the World Federation of the Right-to-Die Societies in Zurich, 2012
11/13 “Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out”
Attends the South Bank Sky Arts Awards in 2012
12/13 "Insanity is Catching"
Pratchett won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at the Telegraph Hay Festival, pictured with Snuff the pig in 2013
13/13 “People don't alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it” - Mort
Campaigning for Dementia Friends in 2014
Signatories paid tribute to the author, with many quoting from Pratchett’s famous comments about death and dying.
“Terry Pratchett turned Death from a figure of hate into a much loved and sometimes welcomed character. No-one else cared about you Death. You owe him!” Iain Sutherland.
“Signed it simply because he would appreciated the silliness of the news of the past 48hrs,” wrote Anthony Walton.
“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away,” remarked J C Melia.
In Mort the title character – who is hired as Death’s assistant – tries to cheat death by bringing back his girlfriend. But Death says: NO-ONE GETS PARDONED FOR LIVING.
Pratchett’s publisher said he “passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family”.
His daughter revealed the news of his death via a series of tweets, the first of which written in Death’s voice read: AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.
The End.Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015
AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015