What an incredible guy to keep feeding us discworld fanatics with this world which exists only in his mind... It inspires me so much that he has continued to write and is on to his 50th book, but makes me very sad that this can and will not continue for ever.
I really REALLY hope he does not go down that suicide route. It seems every few weeks there is a story about tests for a treatment for alzheimer's and the last report I saw said that a new treatment seemed to reverse the damage that had already been done in rats.
It would be horrific if a cure was found four weeks after he had died.
All suicides can cause devastation to close loved ones, and even though I dont know him personally, I have been reading his books for 22 years now. Losing him would feel like the passing of a dear friend.
It'd be interesting to see if Death makes an appearance in this book and whether he has him meet a person who wants to die and they have a conversation about suicide. Or Terry writes a novella/short story where he's a character and has a conversation with Death about his own mortality. How amazingly cool/tragic would that be?
I too, cannot imagine a world without Mr Pratchett. My only request at Xmas is that the latest book is waiting for me to read on Boxing day when I have done my magic with the Xmas dinner. My family know that if it isn't waiting for me, no dinners will be cooked for the rest of the year. It is too unfair that such a wonderful intelligent, funny writer and very human, human being should be hit by this embuggeration of alzheimers'. The world will be an emptier place when he is no longer able to function.