Terry Pratchett's unfinished work crushed by steamroller
The deed was done in accordance with the late fantasy author's wishes
There will be no future Discworld novels, no Good Omens 2. Instead, Terry Pratchett’s unfinished books and notes (contained on a hard drive) were destroyed by a steamroller at the Great Dorset Steam Fair last weekend, per the late novelist’s wishes.
Rob Wilkins, who manages the Pratchett estate, issued “before” and “after” tweets from beside the steamroller on the author’s official Twitter account on Friday. “About to fulfill my obligation to Terry,” he wrote first, alongside a picture of Pratchett’s hard drive in his hand. Later, he posted another one showing the hard drive destroyed by the steamroller. In a detail that seems like it belongs in one of Pratchett’s Discworld books, The Guardian notes that the steamroller in question was named Lord Jericho.
Pratchett publicly announced his Alzheimer’s diagnosis in 2007, and passed away in 2015. Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s friend and co-author on Good Omens, wrote in The Timesshortly after Pratchett’s death that the author had wanted “whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all.”
Having been adequately steamrolled, Pratchett’s hard drive will soon be included in the Terry Pratchett: His World exhibit opening at the Salisbury Museum in September. Fortunately, his existing work lives on, such as in Amazon’s upcoming Good Omens adaptation starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant.