Different authors have different wishes for work left unfinished when they pass on. Some make arrangements for all of their writings to be gifted to a museum, while others appoint other authors to complete the work. Still others (the great J.D. Salinger is believed to be among them) simply keep it locked away, perhaps never to be read.
Sir Terry Pratchett had his own ideas.
It's been a little more than two years since we lost Pratchett, the legendary creator of Discworld and co-author of Good Omens. Pratchett's passing was not the end of his fiction. A final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was released in 2015. Still, there were other fragments of Pratchett's work floating around, unfinished work that he left in the hands of his loyal assistant, Rob Wilkins.
Aware that the end was near, Pratchett asked Wilkins to make a promise to him regarding said unfinished work. He stipulated that his unfinished writings be “taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all.”
Over the weekend, at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Wilkins kept his promise.
Leave it to Terry Pratchett to deal with the remainder of his writings in a delightfully ridiculous way. Now, alas, none of us will ever get to read what was left over, but it will be memorialized for fans. The smashed hard drive is set to head to the Salisbury Museum as part of a new exhibit on Pratchett.