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Martha Wells

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Terry Pratchett passed away

Crying for Terry Pratchett. I never met him. Years ago on a usenet group somebody questioned my right to have cars in a fantasy novel and he swooped in out of nowhere and defended it, and he didn't even know who the fuck I was. When you're continually having your existence and validity as a writer questioned, things like that can mean a lot. And my mother had Alzheimer's and it's just such a fucking horrible disease.



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You're not the only one.
Makes it hard to work.

Oh, I hadn't heard... Oh, damn. He will be so sorely missed.

I knew him, though not well: he used to come to a lot of UK cons in the late 80s and earlier 90s and he was a lovely man. With an evil sense of humour. At the time, I had a short, form fitting dress, which I wore on Saturday nights at cons. In 1990, I was on the con committee of Octocon 1 in Dublin and Terry was our GoH. I was on the main hotel staircase putting up signs, when, from the lobby below (full of excited neo fans) came a bellow: "Kari! I didn't recognise you with your clothes on!" He always could make an entrance.

Martha, that is a great story. By all accounts I have encountered, he was a class act. _Feet of Clay_ was my entry drug and re-reading it was one of the things which helped me get through a rough patch some years ago.

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