Eric, stylized as Faust Eric, is the ninth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. It was published in 1990 as a "Discworld story", in a larger format than the other novels and illustrated by Josh Kirby, it was reissued as a normal paperback without any illustrations, in some cases, with the title given on the cover and title pages as Eric. The story is a parody of the tale of Faust, follows the events of Sourcery in which the Wizard Rincewind was trapped in the Dungeon Dimensions; the Discworld version of Hell or Pandemonium exists because some people believe that it exists for them. In other Discworld stories, such as Small Gods, the afterlife is different or non-existent, according to the various beliefs. Rincewind wakes in a strange place, having been summoned by the 13-year-old demonologist, Eric Thursley, who wants the mastery of all kingdoms, to meet the most beautiful woman who existed, to live forever, he is disappointed when Rincewind tells him he is unable to deliver any of these things, embarrassed when Rincewind sees through his disguise.
Rincewind is disheartened to learn. The arrival of Rincewind's Luggage causes Eric to suspect deceit on Rincewind's part. Eric's demands are renewed. Rincewind insists he cannot grant wishes with the snap of a finger, discovers to his horror that snapping his fingers does work. To be Ruler of the World. Eric and Rincewind find themselves in the rain forests of Klatch, in the Tezumen empire, a parody of the Aztec empire; the local people come forward to declare him Ruler of the World. During this tribute and the parrot explore the temple of Quezovercoatl, where they find a prisoner, Ponce da Quirm, to be sacrificed. Da Quirm tells Rincewind about the terrible fate the Tezumen have planned for the Ruler of the World, on whom they blame all life's misfortunes. Shortly, Eric and da Quirm find themselves tied up at the top of a pyramid, waiting to be sacrificed, when Quezovercoatl makes his appearance. For him, the Luggage makes an appearance, trampling the six-inch-tall Quezovercoatl in the process.
The Tezumen are pleased to see Quezovercoatl destroyed, release the prisoners, enshrine the luggage in the place of their god. At the end of the book, the Tezumen are revealed to have abandoned worshipping the Luggage as well and turned atheist, "which still allowed them to kill anyone they wanted, but they didn't have to get up so early to do it". To Meet the Most Beautiful Woman in All History. Rincewind snaps his fingers again, they find themselves in a large wooden horse. Exiting, they are surrounded by soldiers. Rincewind manages to talk their way out of the Ephebian guards and out of the city, only to fall into the hands of the invading army. Rincewind and Eric are taken to Lavaeolus, the man who built the horse—having sent the horse in as a decoy so that he and his men could sneak in around the back while their enemies waited around the horse for them to come out—who tells them off in ironic fashion, for'spoiling the war', they reenter Tsort through a secret passage, find Elenor. Both Eric and Lavaeolus are disappointed to find that it has been a long siege, Elenor is now a plump mother of several children, with the beginnings of a moustache, that serious artistic licence had been taken in her description.
The Ephebians escape the city while Tsort burns, Lavaeolus and his army set out for home, with Lavaeolus complaining about voyages by sea. Eric notes that "Lavaeolus" in Ephebian translates to "Rinser of Winds", hinting that Lavaeolus is a relative of Rincewind. To Live Forever. Rincewind snaps his fingers, bringing Eric and him outside time, just before the beginning of existence. Rincewind meets the Creator, just forming the Discworld and is having trouble finishing some of the animals. Rincewind and Eric are left on the newly formed world, with the realization that "to live forever" means to live for all time, from start to finish. To escape, Rincewind has Eric reverse his summoning, they discover hell steeped in bureaucracy, the Demon King Astfgl having decided that boredom might be the ultimate form of torture. Rincewind uses his university experience to confuse the demons, so he and Eric can try to escape. While crossing through the reformed levels of hell they encounter da Quirm and the parrot, as well as Lavaeolus, who tells them where the exit is.
The source of Rincewind's demonic powers is revealed to be Lord Vassenego, a Demon Lord leading a secret revolt against Astfgl. Using Rincewind to keep Astfgl occupied while gathering support amongst the demons, Vassenego confronts his king just as Astfgl catches up to Rincewind and Eric. Vassenego announces the council of demons has made Astfgl "Supreme Life President of Hell", that he is to plan out the course of action for demons. With Astfgl lost in the bureaucratic prison of his own making, Vassenego takes over as king and lets Rincewind and Eric escape, so that stories about hell can be told. Starburst has called it "a series of hilarious pokes at the cliché, hell". Gardner Dozois, considered it "downright bad, the only Discworld book disliked and found a chore to read". In 20
The Truth (novel)
The Truth is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the twenty-fifth book in his Discworld series, published in 2000. The book features the coming of movable type to Ankh-Morpork, the founding of the Discworld's first newspaper by William de Worde, as he invents investigative journalism with the help of his reporter Sacharissa Cripslock; the two investigate the charges of embezzlement and attempted murder against Havelock Vetinari, help vindicate him. The Ankh-Morpork City Watch characters appear in this novel, but have limited roles and are seen from de Worde's perspective. C. M. O. T. Dibbler puts in an appearance. William de Worde is the black sheep of an influential Ankh-Morpork family, scraping out a humble lifestyle as a common scribe and making extra pocket money by producing a gossipy newsletter for foreign notables; this arrangement is soon undermined by the arrival of a team of dwarves to Ankh-Morpork who intend to start a printing business. However, Guild of Engravers is antagonised by the unauthorised efforts of the Times.
Meanwhile, a conspiracy is afoot in the city to depose Lord Vetinari. The wealthy and powerful Committee to Unelect the Patrician hire Mr. Pin and Mr. Tulip, a pair of villainous mercenaries from outside Ankh-Morpork known as the New Firm, to frame Vetinari with a staged embezzlement. Pin and Tulip manage to catch off-guard the impassible Patrician with Charlie, a witless Vetinari look-alike that they had kidnapped and forced to collaborate; the plan starts going south, when Drumknott, Vetinari's clerk returns in middle of the scene and the New Firm is forced to stab him and render Vetinari unconscious, hoping to frame him for murder. William makes the mistake of advertising a reward for information leading to Wuffles' recovery, causing a frenzy among the local Ankh Morpork population. Realising that the job is much harder than their employers had suggested, the New Firm decides to skip town. Although the job is unfinished they extort from their employers's zombie lawyer and representative Mr. Slant their promised payment and a big "bonus" in jewels, using compromising previous voice recordings captured with a dis-organiser Mk II.
An anonymous tipster named "Deep Bone", helps William track down Wuffles and "translate" his testimony, giving William the last pieces of the puzzle. In the meantime, Sacharissa accidentally discovers the New Firm’s hideout in William's own family manor and is captured by the pair of thugs, they head back to the Times hoping to exchange her for Wuffles and silence all witnesses. In the ensuing struggle a lamp explodes and the Times' offices catch fire. William and the others manage to escape outside while Tulip hide in the cellar. Pin, now only sane, emerges from the cellars and attacks William once the fire is out, only to be killed when he is impaled on the memo spike from William's desk. William retrieves the fortune in jewels, the dis-organiser, the last bit of evidence. However, with the press and office destroyed, it seems like the Times will not be able to go live with their break-out reportage in time; the liberal application of a crossbow wielded by a daring Saccharisa, dwarven axes, bribery in jewels, Otto's sense of dramatic atmosphere helps the crew borrow one of the Inquirer's presses for the evening.
The big story breaks the next day and Lord Vetinari's name is cleared just before a new, Guild-controlled Patrician would have seized power. After the recordings on the dis-organizer help, William discovers the identity of the man behind the Committee to Unelect, Lord de Worde, he decides to confront him. A tense argument, blackmail with the threat of exposure, a fortune in jewels, threats from Otto fail to intimidate De Worde into leaving the city in exile as William demands. However, after learning that his machinations nearly killed his own son, he admits defeat and walks away. William is ambivalent about the new and unexpected role of the free press in his life and in the world but resolves that someone must tell the public the truth about what goes on in the city if the public doesn't want to hear it; the Times comes to be recognized, if not welcomed, by the powers that be in the city, William and Sacharissa make plans to expand further, hiring new staff, establishing offices in other cities, one day squeezing in time for a lunch date in between deadlines.
At the SF Site, Steven H Silver judged that Pratchett's decision to present the novel from William's viewpoint "infused with a freshness, lacking from many of Pratchett's recent books". CNN called it "technically an unconventional one, and a funny one — the laugh-out-loud kind of funny that comes along all too infrequently," stating that Pratchett was a "master at wordplay" and that the novel was full of "striking example of linguistic gymnastics". Infinity Plus described it as an "excellently plotted tale of mystery and murder" and "an hilarious take on the newspaper business", faulting only that the book's title was "descriptive" but insufficiently "fun". Publishers Weekly considered it "Pratchett's best one yet", noted parodic similarities to Pulp Fiction and His Girl Friday. MIT Technology Review observed that it "combines humor and political satire to great effect" a
Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by English writer Terry Pratchett, the twenty-third in the Discworld series. It was first published in 1998. In Carpe Jugulum, Terry Pratchett pastiches the traditions of vampire literature, playing with the mythic archetypes and featuring a tongue-in-cheek reversal of'vampyre' subculture with young vampires who wear bright clothes, drink wine, stay up until noon. Count Magpyr and family, vampires from Überwald, are invited to the naming of Magrat and King Verence's daughter, to be conducted by the Omnian priest, Mightily Oats. During the party after the ceremony, Verence tells Nanny Ogg and Agnes Nitt that the Count has informed him that the Magpyr family intend to move into Lancre Castle and take over. Due to a type of hypnotism, everyone seems to consider this plan to be acceptable. Only the youngest witch and the Omnian priest, Mightily Oats, seem able to resist the vampiric mind control, due to their dual personalities; because of her ability to resist his influence, the Magpyr son, Vlad, is attracted to Agnes and makes many advances on her including trying to convince her to become a vampire.
Meanwhile, Granny Weatherwax, feeling slighted by not receiving an invitation to the ceremony, has left her cottage empty and seems to be working towards a life in a cave like a hermit. After they have left the hypnotic influence of the Vampires, Nanny Ogg and Magrat attempt to convince her to help them save Lancre, but without success after Granny is informed that her invitation was stolen by a magpie; the three witches return to Lancre to take on the Count and his family without her, but because the Magpyr family have built up a tolerance for the normal methods of defeating a vampire, such as garlic, bright light, religious symbols, this is not so done. Just when it seems all is lost, Granny Weatherwax comes through the front door, soaked to the bone and swaying with exhaustion. Nanny Ogg and Magrat use Granny's assault upon the Count as a distraction to escape, leaving Granny and Brother Oats with the Vampires. Granny is unable to get through the Count's mental defenses, the Magpyrs feed on her, with the intention of transforming her into a vampire.
There is an Igor, the servant of the Magpyrs. He is a traditionalist who spends his spare time breeding and distributing spiders for the dark corners of the castle; the Magpyrs hate him and his "more gothic than thou" attitude, as Igor tries to keep the old ways alive. Igor's impression of the current Count Magpyr is that he is too modern, whereas Igor prefers "tradithionalitht" methods of Vampirism. Nanny Ogg and Magrat's infant daughter, Esmerelda Margaret Note Spelling of Lancre, escape with the help of the rebelling Igor, but are forced to detour to Überwald and end up in the Magpyrs' castle. Agnes is kidnapped by their clan, who give chase by flying. Granny Weatherwax struggles against the vampirism inside her and thrusts the pain this causes into the iron of the castle forge's anvil, she is only able to defeat the vampirism after she looks inside herself and faces the darker side of her nature, but the struggle leaves her able to stand, let alone defeat the Count. While Magrat and her daughter hide in Igor's dungeon quarters and Igor begin fighting against the Magpyrs, using the considerable stock of Holy water and other religious symbols that were collected by old Count Magpyr.
The old-fashioned ways to defeat vampires that they thought themselves protected against start to work again. They don't understand what the problem is, although they start to have bizarre cravings for "hot, sweet strong tea and biscuits", a combination that has them feeling quite upset. All is revealed when Granny, tells them that - far from turning her into a Vampire - they have, been'Weatherwaxed'; the Magpyrs find themselves unable to harm Magrat's daughter, or do anything else that Granny herself is unable to do. They are more horrified when they find out that Igor has re-awakened the old Count Magpyr, that the people of Überwald would prefer the old Count to their new, modern type of vampirism. Oats gives the new Count a mortal wound across the neck with an axe, the old Count is left to teach the two young Magpyrs the "old ways." The three vampires are last seen turning into a flock of magpies and disappearing into the darkness of the castle roof. The witches head home to Lancre. Carpe Jugulum title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Annotations for Carpe Jugulum Quotes from Carpe Jugulum
Soul Music (novel)
Soul Music is a fantasy novel by British writer Terry Pratchett, the sixteenth book in the Discworld series, first published in 1994. Like many of Pratchett's novels it introduces an element of modern society into the magical and vaguely late medieval, early modern world of the Discworld, in this case Rock and Roll music and stardom, with near disastrous consequences, it introduces Susan Sto Helit, daughter of Mort and Ysabell and granddaughter of Death. A young harpist, Imp Y Celyn from Llamedos, comes to Ankh-Morpork in hopes of becoming famous. Unable to afford the Musicians Guild fees, he and fellow unlicensed musicians Lias Bluestone and Glod Glodsson form "The Band with Rocks In", named after Lias' tuned rocks; when Imp's harp is destroyed, he acquires a guitar from a mysterious shop, unaware that it contains the awareness of a primordial music, responsible for bringing the universe into existence. Imp takes the new name "Buddy", as "Imp Y Celyn" means "bud of holly", Lias starts calling himself "Cliff".
Meanwhile, Death is upset over the deaths of his adopted daughter Ysabell and her husband, his former apprentice Mort. Their daughter, Susan Sto Helit, was raised with an awareness of Death as her grandfather, but they withheld the truth from her and she forgot about it, she attends boarding school in Quirm, is content to avoid unpleasant conversations by using her unexplained ability to fade from others' awareness. When Death abandons his post, going on an impromptu sabbatical in an effort to forget the painful memories, the fabric of reality forces Susan to take on his duties and she begins to remember her past, she becomes aware of Buddy when he is scheduled to die in a riot while performing at the Mended Drum, but instead the crowd is overcome by the spirit of "Music with Rocks In", which has no musical merit for objective listeners not themselves possessed by it. After this, Buddy's life is powered by the music instead of by his natural life force. Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler becomes the Band's manager.
He hires the troll Asphalt as a roadie to accompany the band on its tour as he books them to play to large crowds throughout the city and the region, all the while keeping them unaware of the large profits he is earning. Buddy is becoming less and less like himself, seems aware of his surroundings when he is not playing the guitar. Susan tries to protect him from the influence of the music. Meanwhile, the music is affecting many of the people who have heard it, causing them to form their own bands and adopt behaviours associated with the fans of various musical movements on 20th Century Earth; the wizards of Unseen University are affected by this phenomenon, though not Archchancellor Ridcully, who uses the newly invented device Hex and works with Susan in an effort to understand these events. And Mr Clete, the murderous secretary of the Musicians Guild, becomes unhinged by his inability to stop the Band's unauthorized activities. Buddy wants to perform a free concert at the music's behest, Dibbler agrees after realizing how much of a profit he can earn through merchandising and concessions.
A large number of the copycat bands participate in the largest concert of all time, culminating in the Band with Rocks In's performance. Buddy performs his own folk song on his harp, which Glod has had repaired, which restores Imp's natural personality and grants him a moment of peace. Afterwards, the band flees from their crazed fans, pursued by the Musicians Guild, Dibbler and Death; the music intends to create an immortal legend by crashing the band's coach into a gorge, with no survivors. Susan rescues them. Death arrives and plays an "empty chord" on the guitar to stop the music, explaining that while he can stop it, only a musician like Buddy can restart it; the music agrees to allow Buddy to live in return for his playing a chord to restart it. Death destroys the guitar. A new timeline is created in which Clete was the only fatality, although Susan remains aware of the original course of events, she is returned to school with a new self-assurance. The next day, she runs to reunite with Imp upon realizing that, in the new version of events, he came to Quirm instead of Ankh-Morpork and is working nearby.
An animated adaptation was produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Channel 4 in 1996. It takes the association of the "Band with Rocks In" with the Beatles further than the book does, evolving their style from 1950s rock and early 1960s beat music in Ankh-Morpork, to acid rock in Scrote, to spiritual hippie rock in Quirm. In Sto Lat, they sound like the Jimi Hendrix Experience or Bad Company, but are dressed in clothes similar to the Beatles on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. In Quirm, Buddy says that the band is'more popular than cheeses', referring to John Lennon's famous quote proclaiming the Beatles to be more popular than Jesus. In Pseudopolis, their outfits and style resemble the Blues Brothers. Crash's band is given the name "Socks Pastels"; the soundtrack was released on CD. The musical has been adapted by stand-up comedian Andrew Doyle with original music by Crai
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
David Rowland Langford is a British author and critic active within the science fiction field. He publishes newsletter Ansible. David Langford was born and grew up in Newport, Wales before studying for a degree in Physics at Brasenose College, where he first became involved in science fiction fandom. Langford is the brother of the musician and artist Jon Langford, his first job was as a weapons physicist at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment at Aldermaston, Berkshire from 1975 to 1980. In 1985 he set up a "tiny and informally run software company" with science fiction writer Christopher Priest, called Ansible Information after Langford's news-sheet. Langford is now the sole active partner. Increasing hearing difficulties have reduced Langford's participation in some fan activities, his own jocular attitude towards the matter has led to such nicknames as "that deaf twit Langford". As a writer of fiction, Langford is noted for his parodies. A collection of short stories, parodying various science fiction, fantasy fiction and detective story writers has been published as He Do the Time Police in Different Voices.
Two novels, parodying disaster novels and horror are Earthdoom! and Guts!, both co-written with John Grant. The novelette "An Account of a Meeting with Denizens of Another World 1871", is an account of a UFO encounter, as experienced by a Victorian; this has led some UFOlogists to believe. Langford admits the story is fictional when asked — but, as he notes, "Journalists don't ask." Langford had one serious science fiction novel published in 1982, The Space Eater. The 1984 novel The Leaky Establishment satirises the author's experiences at Aldermaston, his 2004 collection Different Kinds of Darkness is a compilation of 36 of his shorter, non-parodic science fiction pieces, the title story of which won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 2001. A number of Langford's stories are set in a future containing images, colloquially called "basilisks", which crash the human mind by triggering thoughts that the mind is physically or logically incapable of thinking; the first of these stories was "BLIT".
The idea has appeared elsewhere. Similar references mentioning Langford by name, feature in works by Greg Egan and Charles Stross; the eponymous Snow Crash of Neal Stephenson's novel is a combination mental/computer virus capable of infecting the minds of hackers via their visual cortex. The idea appears in Blindsight by Peter Watts where a particular combination of right angles is a harmful image to vampires; the roleplaying game Eclipse Phase has so-called "Basilisk hacks", sensory or linguistic attacks on cognitive processes. The image's name comes from the basilisk, a legendary reptile said to have the power to cause death with a single glance. Langford has won numerous other Hugo Awards for his activities as a fan journalist on his free newsletter Ansible, which he has described as "The SF Private Eye"; the remaining Hugo awards are as follows: 21 for Best Fan Writer, five for Ansible as Best Fanzine, another for Ansible as Best Semiprozine. As of 2008 he had received, in total, 28 Hugo Awards, his 19-year winning streak coming to an end in 2008.
A 31-year streak of nominations for "Best Fan Writer" came to an end in 2010. He shared the Hugo for Best Related Work in 2012; the name Ansible is taken from Ursula K. Le Guin's science-fictional communication device; the newsletter first appeared in August 1979. Fifty issues were published by 1987. Since resuming publication in 1991, Ansible has appeared monthly as a two-sided A4 sheet and latterly online. A digest has appeared as the "Ansible Link" column in Interzone since issue 62, August 1992; the complete archive of Ansible is available at Langford's personal website. Ansible issue 300 was published on 2 July 2012. Ansible has for many years advertised that paper copies are available for various unlikely items such as "SAE, Fwai-chi shags or Rhune Books of Deeds". In 1996, Ursula K. Le Guin wrote: ` Tell me. In Oregon we grow many large fir trees, he has written a regular column for SFX magazine, featuring in every issue from its launch in 1995 to #274 dated July 2016. A tenth-anniversary collection of these columns appeared in 2005 as The SEX Column and other misprints.
Further SFX columns are collected in Starcombing: columns, essays and more, which includes much other material written since 2000. David Langford has written columns for several