15 fellow sci-fi and fantasy novelists bid farewell to the great Terry Pratchett

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Mar 13, 2015

The world of sci-fi and fantasy fandom was rocked yesterday by the news that Terry Pratchett, creator of Discworld and a host of other witty, wonderfully imaginative things, passed away at the age of 66. Fans, friends and colleagues immediately began posting tributes, sharing stories and saying goodbye online, and if the world didn't already know just how much Pratchett and his work meant to a great many people, it certainly did by the end of the day.

So, to further illustrate just how much Pratchett was loved and admired in the world of sci-fi and fantasy literature, we rounded up Twitter tributes from 15 fellow authors. They're young and old, beginners and veterans, writing for children and adults, but they're all united in their love of this man and his boundless imagination, and this is only a fraction of the affection and respect poured out for Pratchett in the hours after his death. 

Check out the tributes, along with links to lengthier stories, below, and stick around to the very end to see how Pratchett said his own goodbye from his Twitter account.

Neil Gaiman, who co-authored Good Omens with Pratchett 

He was my friend for thirty years and a month. I miss him. Donate to Alzheimer's research and make it so things like this don't happen.

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 12, 2015

G. Willow Wilson, author of Alif the Unseen 

Dear, dear Terry Pratchett. We are all a little poorer without you.

— G. Willow Wilson (@GWillowWilson) March 12, 2015

John Scalzi, author of Old Man's War

I share my one Terry Pratchett story. I think it's a good one. http://t.co/vHgXYiwkFD

— John Scalzi (@scalzi) March 12, 2015

Saladin Ahmed, author of Throne of the Crescent Moon 

How could one *not* feel affection for an author who wore this shirt to his public appearances? ht @NickMotown pic.twitter.com/DylunPmsgc

— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) March 13, 2015

Philip Pullman, author of His Dark Materials

Terry Pratchett: such a loss. I admired him very much, and I was proud to feature on his T-shirt.

— Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) March 12, 2015

Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid's Tale

Very sad to hear of the death of #terrypratchett. I vastly enjoy his playful, smart #Discworld books.

— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) March 12, 2015

George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire

R.I.P Terry Pratchett http://t.co/uCS5QFeK6x

— George RR Martin (@GRRMspeaking) March 12, 2015

Brandon Sanderson, author of Mistborn

Goodbye, Sir Terry http://t.co/SUFQFhjj1O

— Brandon Sanderson (@BrandSanderson) March 12, 2015

Mercedes Lackey, author of Heralds of Valdemar

The world is noticeably lower on genius, today. We'll all miss you Sir Terry. RIP.

— Mercedes Lackey (@mercedeslackey) March 12, 2015

Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Kingkiller Chronicle

Terry Pratchett brought more joy to my life than any other author. If you need me, I'll be hiding in my blanket fort for a while.

— Pat Rothfuss (@PatrickRothfuss) March 12, 2015

Shannon Hale, author of Princess Academy

I have to think that Douglas Adams is welcoming Terry Pratchett into the great beyond.

— Shannon Hale (@haleshannon) March 12, 2015

Maureen Johnson, author of the Shades of London series

How #TerryPratchett helped me hate a party and keep it real: a thank you note. http://t.co/8i1syTeJFy

— Maureen Johnson (@maureenjohnson) March 12, 2015

Patrick Ness, author of the Chaos Walking series

Discworld is one of the very most fabulous creations in all of literature. I am gutted by the death of Terry Pratchett. One of a kind.

— Patrick Ness (@Patrick_Ness) March 12, 2015

Maggie Stiefvater, author of the Wolves of Mercy Falls series

RIP Terry Pratchett, one of the fantasy greats who made muddy tracks on the carpet so I would know how to find my way out beyond the walls.

— Maggie Stiefvater (@mstiefvater) March 12, 2015

Terry Brooks, author of the Shannara series

The world has lost its bravest of knights. A sad day. http://t.co/HGgcDEau64

— Terry Brooks (@officialbrooks) March 12, 2015

And finally, Pratchett's own clever goodbye, from the official Twitter account helmed by his assistant Rob Wilkins


— 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


— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015

The End.

— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015