Ser Terry Pratchett explains which of his characters are now ‘laminated into’ him, how he’d like his computer to talk and why it’s not all about the humans. These are edited highlights of the writer’s public discussion about The Science of Discworld IV: Judgement Day (Ebury) with co-authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen at London’s Conway Hall on 24 April 2013
Created using the finest mithril threads, it’s a crochet helm! It’s a crochet beard! It’s a combination crochet helm and beard! Blessed by the gods with the finest of man-garnishes on my own face, I have no need for such a garment, but if you wish to assimilate into dwarven culture you might want to quest for one.
””The Lady”, also known as; “She-who-shall-not-be-named… The ‘Million-to-One’ Chance - and all of the other chances as well… The One who will desert you when you need Her the most - and sometimes She might not…”
This is not a completely accurate description, of course — it was not round and shiny — but even its worst enemies would agree that if you had to liken Ankh-Morpork to anything, then it might as well be a piece of rubbish covered with the diseased secretions of a dying mollusc.” — Terry Pratchett (The Light Fantastic)