After Sir Terry Pratchetts death, Neil Gaiman had the only hard drive containing his unfinished novels crushed with a steamroller, as per the late fantasy writers request

Terry Pratchett’s unfinished novels destroyed by steamroller

The unfinished books of Sir Terry Pratchett have been destroyed by a steamroller, following the late fantasy novelist’s wishes.

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Pratchett’s hard drive was crushed by a vintage John Fowler & Co steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, ahead of the opening of a new exhibition about the author’s life and work.

Pratchett, famous for his colourful and satirical Discworld series, died in March 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

After his death, fellow fantasy author Neil Gaiman, Pratchett’s close friend and collaborator , told the Times that Pratchett had wanted “whatever he was working on at the time of his d… Continue Reading (4 minute read)

13 thoughts on “After Sir Terry Pratchetts death, Neil Gaiman had the only hard drive containing his unfinished novels crushed with a steamroller, as per the late fantasy writers request”

  1. attaboy_stampy

    I will never get tired of Neil talking about his friendship with Terry and the work they did together.

  2. wdwerker

    He trusted a true friend to perform a noble act ! Neil told the Guardian about it happening, Rob his estate manager took it to a Steam fair to have it crushed by a vintage steamroller.

  3. TobyWasBestSpiderMan

    Flat just like his disc world, I like it

  4. lynivvinyl

    I met Neil once in a pub. He seemed completely real and fully in the conversation. I feel he would be a great friend had we the opportunity. Also, whatever cologne/parfum he was wearing at the time is the best smelling sent that has ever graced my nose.

  5. gruey

    I wonder how many prolific authors have significant works on an unbacked-up hard drive.

  6. sharrrper

    It seems like a shame to destroy even unfinished art like that, but that does seem a very Pratchett thing to do. So good on Neil for following through.

  7. aretasdamon

    Sir Pratchett- delete my browser history bro

  8. el_basopsid

    Neil Gaiman has just been banned from /r/DataHoarder

  9. OptimusSublime

    That’s a nice cover story. The truth is that browsing history needed to be evaporated.

  10. BrobdingnagLilliput

    “Get a real job, literary theorists of the future!” – Terry Pratchett.

  11. VerbalAcrobatics

    Considering Pratchett’s propensity for humor, this might just be one final joke he played on his fans, and I’m sure Gaiman was all to happy to oblige. If I ever become famous, I’m going to do something similar.

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