The fourth book in the Science of Discworld series, and this time around dealing with THE REALLY BIG QUESTIONS, Terry Pratchett s brilliant new Discworld story Judgement Day is annotated with very big footnotes (the interleaving chapters) by mathematician Ian Stewart and biologist Jack Cohen, to bring you a mind-mangling combination of fiction, cutting-edge science and philosophy.Marjorie Daw is a librarian, and takes her job and indeed the truth of words very seriously. She doesn t know it, but her world and ours Roundworld is in big trouble. On Discworld, a colossal row is brewing The Wizards of Unseen University feel responsible for Roundworld (as one would for a pet gerbil). After all, they brought it into existence by bungling an experiment in Quantum ThaumoDynamics. But legal action is being brought against them by Omnians, who say that the Wizards god-like actions make a mockery of their noble religion.As the finest legal brains in Discworld (a zombie and a priest) gird their loins to do battle and when the Great Big Thing in the High Energy Magic Laboratory is switched on Marjorie Daw finds herself thrown across the multiverse and right in the middle of the whole explosive affair. As God, the Universe and, frankly, Everything Else is investigated by the trio, you can expect world-bearing elephants, quantum gravity in the Escher-verse, evolutionary design, eternal inflation, dark matter, disbelief systems and an in-depth study of how to invent a better mousetrap.
The new Discworld novel, the 40th in the series, sees the Disc’s first train come steaming into town. Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld’s first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.
Dragons have invaded Crumbling Castle, and all of King Arthur s knights are either on holiday or visiting their grannies. It s a disaster!Luckily, there s a spare suit of armour and a very small boy called Ralph who s willing to fill it. Together with Fortnight the Friday knight and Fossfiddle the wizard, Ralph sets out to defeat the fearsome fire-breathers. But there’s a teeny weeny surprise in store . . .Fourteen fantastically funny stories from master storyteller Sir Terry Pratchett, full of time travel and tortoises, monsters and mayhem! So funny I dropped my spoon laughing! King Arthur
Not just another science book and not just another Discworld novella,The Science of Discworldis a creative, mind-bending mash-up of fiction and fact, that offers a wizard’s-eye view of our world that will forever change how you look at the universe.Can Unseen University’s eccentric wizards and orangutan Librarian possibly shed any useful light on hard, rational Earthly science? In the course of an exciting experiment, the wizards of Discworld have accidentally created a new universe. Within this universe is a planet that they name Roundworld. Roundworld is, of course, Earth, and the universe is our own. As the wizards watch their creation grow, Terry Pratchett and acclaimed science writers Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen use Discworld to examine science from the outside. Interwoven with the Pratchett’s original story are entertaining, enlightening chapters which explain key scientific principles such as the Big Bang theory and the evolution of life on earth, as well as great moments in the history of science.
The Discworld, as everyone knows, is a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which, in turn, stand on the shell of the giant star turtle, the Great A’Tuin, as it slowly swims through space. It is also a global publishing phenomenon with sales of over 70 million books worldwide (but who’s counting?). The publication of Snuff brought the Discworld canon to 39 books — not including the various guides, mapps, diaries and other side-projects. That’s a lot of Discworld to keep track of — more than most people can manage with just the one head — but fear not: help is at hand! If you’re looking for the ultimate authority on probably the most heavily populated — certainly the most hilarious — setting in fantasy literature… If you need a handy guide to Discworld locales from Ankh-Morpork to Zemphis… If you want help telling Achmed the Mad from Jack Zweiblumen… If your life depends on being able to distinguish the Agatean Empire from the Zoons… …look no further than Turtle Recall — the latest Discworld Companion, fully updated and completely up to Snuff!
In the beginning, there was nothing but endless flatness. Then came the Carpet . . . Thats the old story everyone knows and loves. But now the Carpet is home to many different tribes and peoples, and theres a new story in the making. The story of Fray, sweeping a trail of destruction across the Carpet. The story of power-hungry moulsand of two brothers who set out on an adventure to end all adventures when their village is flattened. Its a story that will come to a terrible endif someone doesn’t do something about it. If everyone doesnt do something about it . . . First published in 1971, this hilarious and wise novel marked the debut of the phenomenal Sir Terry Pratchett. Years later, Sir Terry revised the work, and this special collectable edition includes the updated text, his original color and black-and-white illustrations, and an exclusive storya forerunner to The Carpet People created by the seventeen-year-old nascent writer who would become one of the world’s most beloved storytellers.
A collection of essays and other non fiction from Terry Pratchett, spanning the whole of his writing career from his early years to the present day. Terry Pratchett has earned a place in the hearts of readers the world over with his bestselling Discworld series — but in recent years he has become equally well-known and respected as an outspoken campaigner for causes including Alzheimer’s research and animal rights. A Slip of the Keyboard brings together for the first time the finest examples of Pratchett’s non fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana daiquiris are so important); from memories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf’s love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him.With all the humour and humanity that have made his novels so enduringly popular, this collection brings Pratchett out from behind the scenes of the Discworld to speak for himself — man and boy, bibliophile and computer geek, champion of hats, orangutans and Dignity in Dying.Snuff was the bestselling adult hardcover novel of 2011. A Blink of the Screen, Terry’s short fiction collection, was also one of the bestselling hardcovers of 2012.