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Terry Pratchett’s unfinished books destroyed by a steamroller

Terry Pratchett’s unfinished books destroyed by a steamroller


According to the late author’s dying wishes

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What’s your dying wish? Renowned fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett’s was to have his uncompleted books destroyed by a steamroller, and that finally happened at a fair last week, reports The Guardian. The works were stored on Pratchett’s hard drive, which was destroyed by a vintage steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Pratchett is known for his comic fantasy work including Discworld, Good Omens, and Nation, and died at the age of 66 in 2015 after fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

As with many modern day events, the steamrolling was live-tweeted by the man who manages the Pratchett estate, Rob Wilkins.

Fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who Pratchett wrote Good Omens with, told The Times in August 2015 that Pratchett 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.”

Pratchett is known for his prolific use of computer hardware, and the crushed hard drive will be displayed at an exhibition called Terry Pratchett: HisWorld, about the author’s life.