"Troll Bridge" is a Discworld short story, written by Terry Pratchett in 1991 for a collection entitled After The King: Stories in Honour of J. R. R. Tolkien. Set following the events of The Light Fantastic, the story stars Cohen the Barbarian, who plans to prove himself by killing a troll in single combat. Instead, he and the troll find themselves reminiscing about how the Discworld used to be, when trolls all hid under bridges to be killed by heroes, the land was not yet settled. In 2011, a short film of Troll Bridge began production by Snowgum Films. Snowgum Films production team are 100% volunteers with funds for outside costs raised through a Kickstarter campaign. In 2018 The film began to be sent to various film festivals for consideration. Cohen is the only recurring character from other Discworld novels; the Ankh-Morpork City Watch has a troll constable by the name of Detritus, a troll called Chert, who owns a sawmill, is mentioned in Witches Abroad. Troll Bridge title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Colin Smythe L-Space Web
John Frederick Clute is a Canadian-born author and critic specializing in science fiction and fantasy literature who has lived in both England and the United States since 1969. He has been described as "an integral part of science fiction's history" and "perhaps the foremost reader-critic of sf in our time, one of the best the genre has known."He was one of eight people who founded the English magazine Interzone in 1982. Clute's articles on speculative fiction have appeared in various publications since the 1960s, he is a co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, as well as writing The Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Science Fiction, all of which won Hugo Awards for Best Non-Fiction. He earned the Pilgrim Award, bestowed by the Science Fiction Research Association for Lifetime Achievement in the field of science fiction scholarship, in 1994. Clute is author of the collections of reviews and essays Strokes, Look at the Evidence: Essays and Reviews, Canary Fever and Pardon This Intrusion.
His 2001 novel Appleseed, a space opera, was noted for its "combination of ideational fecundity and combustible language" and was selected as a New York Times Notable Book for 2002. In 2006, Clute published the essay collection The Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror; the third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction was released online as a beta text in October 2011 and has since been expanded. The Encyclopedia′'s statistics page reported that, as of 24 March 2017, Clute had authored the great majority of articles: 6,421 solo and 1,219 in collaboration, totalling over 2,408,000 words; the majority of these are Author entries, but there are some Media entries, notably that for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. Clute was a Guest of Honour at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, from 14 to 18 August 2014. Raised in Canada, Clute lived in the United States from 1956 until 1964, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at New York University in 1962 while living with writer and artist Pamela Zoline.
Clute married artist Judith Clute in 1964. He has been the partner of Elizabeth Hand since 1996. Clute's first professional publication was a long science-fictional poem entitled "Carcajou Lament," which appeared in TriQuarterly in 1959, his first short story was "A Man Must Die", which appeared in New Worlds in 1966. In 1960, he served as Associate Editor of Collage, a Chicago-based "slick" magazine which ran only two issues. In 1977, Clute published The Disinheriting Party. Though not explicitly a fantasy, this story of a dysfunctional family has a fantasy feel, rather like much postmodern literature. Reviewer Ifdary Bailey wrote that this "everyday story of family life in a revenge tragedy, of relations and revelations, hidden identities and loss of identity and inheritance, all brooded over by the Father Who Will Not Die, carries itself forward swiftly and to its conclusion with strength and control."Clute's second novel, Appleseed, is the story of trader Nathanael Freer, who pilots an AI-helmed starship named Tile Dance en route to the planet Eolhxir to deliver a shipment of nanotechnological devices.
Freer meets a man calling himself Johnny Appleseed, who rejoins Freer with his lost lover, Ferocity Monthly-Niece. Meanwhile, a terrifying, data-destroying "plaque" is threatening the galaxy's civilizations. Clute has proposed it as the first novel in a trilogy. Science fiction and fantasy author Paul Di Filippo called it "a space opera for the 21st century." Keith Brooke suggested. Clute's first significant science fiction reviews appeared in the late 1960s in New Worlds, he has reviewed fiction and nonfiction in such periodicals as Interzone, the Los Angeles Times, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The New York Review of Science Fiction, The Observer, The Times Literary Supplement, The Washington Post, elsewhere. Though Clute is chiefly known for his critiques of fiction, he has reviewed other modes, such as film: Peter Jackson's otherwise magnificent remake of King Kong is destroyed because it obeys PG-13 shibboleths about sexual explicitness. In the 1933 version, the beauty and the beast have sex together.
His language can be as amusing as it is honest. An empty mind. An empty book.", "Book of the Mouth", "Mage Sh*t". Clute has issued a polemic he calls the "Protocol of Excessive Candour", which argues that reviewers of science fiction and fantasy must not pull punches because of friendship: Reviewers who will not tell the truth are like cholesterol, they are lumps of fat. They starve the heart. I have myself clogged a few arteries, have sometimes kept my mouth shut out of'friendship', nothing in the end but self-interest. So it is time to call a halt. We should establish a Protocol of Excessive Candour, a convention within the community that excesses of intramural harshness are less damaging than the hypocrisies of stroke therapy
Theatre of Cruelty (Discworld)
"Theatre of Cruelty" is a short Discworld story by Terry Pratchett written in 1993. The name derives from a concept of Antonin Artaud, it was written for W. H. Smith Bookcase magazine and was slightly modified and extended, being published again in the programme of the OryCon 15 convention, again in The Wizards of Odd, a compilation of fantasy short stories, it has since been made available on the Internet along with dozens of translations by fans, with Pratchett having stated, "I don't want to see it distributed in print anywhere but don't mind people downloading it for their own enjoyment." The story involves both a parallel of Punch and Judy. A murder has been committed: a street entertainer, found battered to death with a small blunt object, on him bite marks from a small crocodile. Investigating the incident in his direct manner, Carrot Ironfoundersson discovers the death was an accident, the man having choked on a swazzle, it emerges that the entertainer had invented a parallel, live-action version of Punch and Judy, using — and abusing — a troupe of gnomes as the live cast.
Carrot asserts that such brutal theatre could never find favour in Ankh-Morpork: "That's not the way to do it". Theatre of Cruelty title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database "Theatre of Cruelty" at The L-Space Web
The Sea and Little Fishes
"The Sea and Little Fishes" is a short story by Terry Pratchett, written in 1998. It is set in his Discworld universe, features Lancre witches Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, it was published in a sampler alongside a story called "The Wood Boy" by Raymond E. Feist, in a collection called Legends; the story established a basis for various elements of the novel A Hat Full of Sky, but is not required to understand that novel. A coalition of witches, led by self-appointed organiser Lettice Earwig, asks Granny Weatherwax not to participate in the annual Lancre Witch Trials, on account of her always winning, she agrees. It is revealed in stories, most the Tiffany Aching series, that this is because Granny has made it clear that she does not approve of Lettice Earwig's methods, admitting that a rival is correct "at the time of her own choosing" is the greatest and most calculated insult Granny can deliver to another witch having agreed with Lettice Earwig's own unwitting'admission' that she cannot beat Granny.
The title has confused people. It is based on the "ancient phrase" The big sea does not care which way the little fishes swim, which Pratchett made up at some point before the story, used in Night Watch. Rybki Małe Ze Wszystkich Mórz "Η θάλασσα και τα ψαράκια", translated by Nikos Manousakis, Anubis 2006; the Sea and Little Fishes title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Discworld is a comic fantasy book series written by the English author Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat planet balanced on the backs of four elephants which in turn stand on the back of a giant turtle. The books parody or take inspiration from J. R. R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, as well as mythology and fairy tales using them for satirical parallels with cultural and scientific issues. Forty-one Discworld novels have been published; the original British editions of the first 26 novels, up to Thief of Time, had cover art by Josh Kirby. The American editions, published by Harper Collins, used their own cover art. Since Kirby's death in 2001, the covers have been designed by Paul Kidby. Companion publications include eleven short stories, four popular science books, a number of supplementary books and reference guides; the series has been adapted for graphic novels, theatre and board games, television. Newly released Discworld books topped The Sunday Times best-sellers list, making Pratchett the UK's best-selling author in the 1990s.
Discworld novels have won awards such as the Prometheus Award and the Carnegie Medal. In the BBC's Big Read, four Discworld novels were in the top 100, a total of fourteen in the top 200. More than 80 million Discworld books have been sold in 37 languages. Few of the Discworld novels have chapter divisions. Instead they feature interweaving storylines. Pratchett was quoted as saying that he "just never got into the habit of chapters" adding that "I have to shove them in the putative YA books because my editor screams until I do". However, the first Discworld novel The Colour of Magic was divided into "books". Additionally, Going Postal and Making Money both have chapters, a prologue, an epilogue, brief teasers of what is to come in each chapter, in the style of A. A. Milne, Jules Verne, Jerome K. Jerome; the Discworld novels contain common motifs that run through the series. Fantasy clichés are parodied in many of the novels, as are various subgenres of fantasy, such as fairy tales and vampire stories and so on.
Analogies of real-world issues, such as religion and inner city tension and politics, racial prejudice and exploitation are recurring themes, as are aspects of culture and entertainment, such as opera, rock music and football. Parodies of non-Discworld fiction occur including Shakespeare, Beatrix Potter, several movies. Major historical events battles, are sometimes used as the basis for both trivial and key events in Discworld stories, as are trends in science, pop culture and modern art. There are humanist themes in many of the Discworld novels, a focus on critical thinking skills in the Witches and Tiffany Aching series; the Discworld novels and stories are, in principle, stand-alone works. However, a number of novels and stories form novel sequences with distinct story arcs: Rincewind was the first protagonist of Discworld, he is the archetypal coward but is thrust into dangerous adventures. In The Last Hero, he flatly states that he does not wish to join an expedition to explore over the edge of the Disc—but, being geared for the expedition at the time, clarifies by saying that any amount of protesting on his part is futile, as something will occur that will bring him into the expedition anyway.
As such, he not only succeeds in staying alive, but saves Discworld on several occasions, has an instrumental role in the emergence of life on Roundworld. Other characters in the Rincewind story arc include: Cohen the Barbarian, an aging hero of the old fantasy tradition, out of touch with the modern world and still fighting despite his advanced age. Rincewind appeared in eight Discworld novels as well as the four Science of Discworld supplementary books. Death appears in every novel except The Wee Free Men and Snuff, although sometimes with only a few lines; as dictated by tradition, he is a seven-foot-tall skeleton in a black robe who sits astride a pale horse. His dialogue is always depicted in small caps, without quotation marks, as several characters state that Death's voice seems to arrive in their heads without passing through their ears as sound; as the anthropomorphic personification of death, Death has the job of guiding souls onward from this world into the next. Over millennia in the role, he has developed a fascination with humanity going so far as to create a house for himself in his personal dimension.
Characters that appear with Death include his butler Albert. Death or Susan appear as the main characters in five Discworld novels, he appears in the short stories Death and What Comes Next, Theatre o
Sir Terence David John Pratchett was an English author of fantasy novels comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971; the first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983, after which Pratchett wrote an average of two books a year. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff became the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-readership novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days; the final Discworld novel, The Shepherd's Crown, was published in August 2015, five months after his death. Pratchett, with more than 85 million books sold worldwide in 37 languages, was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s, he was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1998 and was knighted for services to literature in the 2009 New Year Honours. In 2001 he won the annual Carnegie Medal for The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents, the first Discworld book marketed for children.
He received the World Fantasy Award for Life Achievement in 2010. In December 2007, Pratchett announced that he had been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, he made a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, filmed a television programme chronicling his experiences with the condition for the BBC, became a patron for Alzheimer's Research UK. Pratchett died on 12 March 2015 aged 66. Pratchett was born on 28 April 1948 in Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire, the only child of David and Eileen Pratchett, of Hay-on-Wye, his family moved to Bridgwater, Somerset in 1957, following which he passed his eleven plus exam in 1959, earning a place in High Wycombe Technical High School where he was a key member of the debating society and wrote stories for the school magazine. Pratchett described himself as a "non-descript student" and, in his Who's Who entry, credits his education to the Beaconsfield Public Library, his maternal grandparents came from Ireland. His early interests included astronomy.
He collected Brooke Bond tea cards about space, owned a telescope and wanted to be an astronomer but lacked the necessary mathematical skills. He developed an interest in reading science fiction and began attending science fiction conventions from about 1963–1964, but stopped when he got his first job a few years later, his early reading included the works of H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, "every book you ought to read", which he regarded as "getting an education". Pratchett published his first short story entitled "Business Rivals" in the High Wycombe Technical School magazine in 1962, it is the tale of a man named Crucible who finds the Devil in his flat in a cloud of sulphurous smoke. "The Hades Business", published in the school magazine when he was 13, was published commercially when he was 15. Pratchett earned five O-levels and started A-level courses in Art and History, his initial career choice was journalism and he left school at 17, in 1965, to start an apprenticeship with Arthur Church, the editor of the Bucks Free Press, where he wrote, amongst other things, over eighty stories for the Children's Circle section under the name Uncle Jim.
Two of these episodic stories contain. While on day release from his apprenticeship he finished his A-Level in English and took the National Council for the Training of Journalists proficiency course where he received the highest marks of his group. Pratchett had his writing breakthrough in 1968 when he interviewed Peter Bander van Duren, co-director of a small publishing company, Colin Smythe Ltd. During the meeting, Pratchett mentioned he had written The Carpet People. Colin Smythe Ltd published the book with illustrations by the author; the book received strong, if few and was followed by the science fiction novels The Dark Side of the Sun and Strata. After various positions in journalism, in 1980 Pratchett became Press Officer for the Central Electricity Generating Board in an area which covered four nuclear power stations, he joked that he had demonstrated "impeccable timing" by making this career change so soon after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in Pennsylvania, US, said he would "write a book about my experiences, if I thought anyone would believe it".
The first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, was published in hardback by Colin Smythe Ltd in 1983. The paperback edition was published by Corgi, an imprint of Transworld, in 1985. Pratchett's popularity increased when the BBC's Woman's Hour broadcast The Colour of Magic as a serial in six parts, Equal Rites. Subsequently, the hardback rights were taken by the publishing house Victor Gollancz Ltd, which remained Pratchett's publisher until 1997, Colin Smythe having become Pratchett's agent. Pratchett was the first fantasy author published by Gollancz. Pratchett gave up working for the CEGB to make his living through writing in 1987, after finishing the fourth Discworld novel, Mort, his sales increased and many of his books occupied top places on the best-seller list. According to The Times, Pratchett was the top-selling and highest earning UK author in 1996; some of his books have been published by another Transworld imprint. In the US, Pratchett is published by HarperCollins. According to the Bookseller's Pocket Yearbook, in 2003 Pratchett's UK sales amounted to 3.4% of the fiction market by hardback sales and 3.8% by value, putting him in second place behind J. K. Rowling, whil
Snuff (Pratchett novel)
Snuff is the 39th novel in the Discworld series, written by Terry Pratchett. It was published on 11 October 2011 in the United States, 13 October 2011 in the United Kingdom; the book is the third-fastest-selling novel in the United Kingdom since records began, having sold over 55,000 copies in the first three days. The book is the eighth City Watch story and is based around Commander Sir Sam Vimes. Pratchett emphasised that the word'snuff' has "at least two meanings". Commander Sam Vimes is forced by his wife, Lady Sybil, to take a holiday with their son, Young Sam, at her family's mansion Crundells. After a short time of enjoying his holiday, he discovers that the rural community has a dark past with the resident goblins, humanoid lifeforms that live in caves nearby. Vimes finds out that the son of Lord Rust has been enslaving goblins to force them to work on his tobacco plantations in Howondaland, allowing him to manufacture cigars cheaply that are smuggled to Ankh-Morpork. After teaming up with the local constable, a young man called Upshot, Vimes manages to arrest those responsible for the crime.
In the end, thanks to his wife's organisational skills and powers of persuasion, goblins are recognised as citizens by all major nations and rulers. Rust's son is disinherited and exiled to Fourecks, where Lord Vetinari assures an eye will be kept on him. Commander Vimes is persuaded by his wife and Lord Vetinari to take a family holiday back to Sybil's roots in the countryside; as Vimes arrives in the countryside, despite the silence and tranquillity, he senses crime. At a dinner with all the local'nobs' organised by Sybil, Vimes discovers the distaste the local people have towards goblins, calling them vermin and a nuisance. At the dinner, he meets Miss Felicity Beedle, a children's book author, he feels that she has something she wants to tell him about a possible crime; the next day he participates in a hand-to-hand fight with Jethro. After Vimes wins the fight, he arranges to meet with Jethro at Dead Man's Copse on Hangman Hill at midnight, as Jethro has something to tell Vimes about the mistreatment of goblins.
Lord Rust approaches Vimes and tells him that he won't find any crimes in the country warning him that he has no jurisdiction outside of Ankh-Morpork. That night and Willikins go up to Hangman Hill to find Jethro, but instead, they find the severed finger of a goblin girl and lots of blood; the next morning, the young local constable, Feeney Upshot, arrives at Ramkin Hall to arrest Vimes for the murder of the blacksmith, who has gone missing. Vimes is considered the most suspect because he was in a fight with the blacksmith the night before, he was overheard making plans to meet Jethro on Hangman Hill. However, Vimes refuses arrest, instead taking on the task of mentoring Upshot and teaching him to be a better copper, together they start an investigation on the case. Vimes and Upshot, led by a goblin named Stinky, find the goblins' abode in a cave, they enter into pitch-black darkness, Vimes realises he can see in the darkness, a skill rewarded to him by the Summoning Dark. In the cave he meets with the goblin chief who leads him to a goblin's corpse, the same goblin, killed on Hangman Hill.
Vimes ventures further in the cave in search of the blacksmith, but he instead finds Miss Beedle, who spends her spare time here in the cave teaching goblin girls how to read and communicate with humans. Upshot and Vimes pay a visit to Mr Flutter, they capture Flutter. Vimes notices a cellar in his house and enters it. From the Summoning Dark, who represents all darkness, he is able to get a witness account of what happened on Hangman Hill the other night and relays this to Flutter, who tells Vimes that he protested against the killing of the goblin-girl, whose murderer was a Mr Stratford, a man working for Rust. In a series of scenes taking place back at the Ankh-Morpork City Watch as well as in the country-side, Vimes discovers that goblins are being used in slave labour on tobacco plantations in Howondaland, he finds out that three years ago, large numbers of goblins were taken from their caves to work at the plantation. In this incident, many goblins were killed and starved to death. Wee Mad Arthur of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch flies to Howondaland to investigate and finds the plantation, where all the goblin workers are dying or dead.
He notices many huts lining the plantation and in them he finds more corpses and dying goblins. Vimes and Upshot hear that more goblins have been taken and are now on their way to the plantation by river on the paddleboat The Wonderful Fanny. Vimes and Upshot secretly board the boat just as a thunder storm arrives, making the night pitch-black and the river laden with debris and deadly. A battle ensues between Vimes and Stratford and as Stratford is tied up; the captain of the boat loses track of the panics. Vimes ability to see in the dark allows him to guide the boat to safety, for this he is awarded the title'King of the River'. Vimes, with the help of Stinky, frees. Vimes is knocked unconscious in the storm and wakes to find himself and the boat in Quirm, everyone has survived the night. Vimes discovers that the goblins, along with Stratford, have boarded the next boat to Howondaland. Vimes boards the boat and arrests the Capta