Sir Terence David John Pratchett, more commonly known as Terry Pratchett, was an English novelist, known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He was best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series of comic fantasy novels. Pratchett's first novel, THE CARPET PEOPLE, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (THE COLOR OF MAGIC) was published in 1983, he had been writing two books a year on average. Pratchett was also known for close collaboration on adaptations of his books.
In 2001, Pratchett won the Carnegie Medal for his children's novel THE AMAZING MAURICE AND HIS EDUCATED RODENTS. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to literature" in 1998. He was knighted in the 2009 New Year Honours.
In December 2007, Pratchett publicly announced that he was suffering from early onset Alzheimer's disease, subsequently making a substantial public donation to the Alzheimer's Research Trust, and filming a program chronicling his experiences with the disease for the BBC. He passed away on March 12, 2015 at the age of 66.