“The Discworld“, by Josh Kirby
In the beginning, there was… A turtle.
The Discworld is the fictional setting of Terry Pratchett’s most iconic series. All the Discworld novels take place on a flat, circular world that sits on the back of four elephants, named Berilia, Tubul, Great T’Phon, and Jerakeen which stand on the back of a giant star turtle, Great A’Tuin. Although this world may look and sound completely different from our own, the Discworld novels explore a multitude of very human issues. While humor and satire were the main styles for these books, they mirrored some of our politics, bureaucracy, and societal issues.
Sir Terence David John Pratchett OBE (28 April 1948 – 12 March 2015) was a renowned author that brought us numerous amazing works of literature and created a world that we immersed ourselves in completely. 41 novels make up the Discworld. From the first Discworld novel, 1983’s The Colour of Magic, to the final Discworld novel, The Shepherd’s Crown, released August 2015, Sir Pratchett accumulated a multitude of accolades. Pratchett, with more than 85 million books sold worldwide in 37 languages, was the UK’s best-selling author of the 1990s. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children. He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010. He wrote on average 2 books a year. Pratchett collaborated with the folklorist Dr. Jacqueline Simpson on The Folklore of Discworld (2008), a study of the relationship between many of the persons, places, and events described in the Discworld books and their counterparts in myths, legends, fairy tales, and folk customs on Earth.
I discovered Terry Pratchett when I was in middle school and the Discworld series plunged me into a world that I never really wanted to leave.
I asked a couple of people that I know about their love of Pratchett’s writing and the world that he created. I even got some feedback about some of the more personal things about him.
I talked to a fan of Sir Pratchett, the AFK Tavern’s own Tristan Erickson, about how he was introduced to these books. He just kind of stumbled into this Discworld. He said:
“I needed to do a book report in the 5th grade, so I grabbed a book at random off the bookshelf, it was Sourcery (that is not misspelled) the 3rd book in the Discworld series.”
I also was curious if he had a favorite character.
“Favorite character? Probably The Patrician, but also love HEX if hex could be said to be a character.”
On the re-readability of Pratchett’s works:
“I have read most of the Discworld multiple times, read Good Omens several times, read the Bromeliad trilogy a few times, carpet people a couple of times, Strata a few times, I think the only thing I only read once was Johnny and the Bomb, but now that it comes up, I’ll probably reread that soon.”
I wanted to know if his love for the series caused him to pass down the writings and get others interested. He was quick to reply, “Sure. Because he was such a prolific writer for so many years, the only difficulty is picking which book to give someone to start the Pterry addiction.” He continued with a little personal touch “He used to post on forums and USENET groups under the handle Pterry, so long time fans tend to just call him that.”
As is a tradition at the AFK Tavern we offer you some drinks to celebrate this facet of Geekdom.
The People’s Revolution of the Glorious Twenty-Fifth of May
- Build in a shaker with ice
- 2 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Lilac Simple Syrup
- 1 drop Grenadine
- 1 drop Blue Curacao
- Shake and strain into a martini glass
- Squeeze 1 lemon wedge on top
If the Librarian’s name were known, he could be changed back into a human
- In a tall glass with ice
- 1 oz banana liqueur
- 1 oz orange vodka
- 3 drops grenadine
- Fill grapefruit and orange juice
I had to do something about bananas and/or Orangutans. PTerry was a huge fan, and regularly promoted Orangutan charities, as well as the Librarian of UU being an orangutan.
Golden Throne of Ankh
- In a rocks glass
- 1 oz Goldschlager
- 1 oz Rumpleminze
- Float Kraken Rum
It is merely gold foil over rotten-through wood.
Consequences of time travel
In a shot glass
- ½ vodka
- ½ whiskey
In a pounder
- Fill ⅓ with energy drink
- Fill ⅓ with cola
Drop shot into pounder and drink quickly
Prepare for time travel.