Discworld Monthly - Issue 192 - April 2013
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Welcome to issue 192. This month I have finally managed to read The Science of Discworld 4. It's been tough finding time to fit it in and it's a book that needs some concentration. Read my review later in this issue.
This month we can mention the title of the next Discworld book that we teased about in issue 190. The next Discworld novel will be called Raising Steam. Terry announced the title to the guests of the recent Australian Discworld Convention via a Skype call.
Next month's issue will be our 16th Birthday issue and I plan to have a pint or two in Wincanton at the Spring Fling at the beginning of May to celebrate.
Last month we mentioned that Guards! Guards! would be on BBC Radio 4 Extra at 18:30. Unfortunately this information appears to have been incorrect and the correct time was 18:00. I apologise if you missed any episodes because of this.
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Terry's new Documentary Terry Pratchett: Facing Extinction will be shown on BBC2 on Wednesday 27th March at 9PM.
Also on the 27th March on Radio 4 is the final part of the radio production of Eric. Sadly by the time you read this the first three episodes will no longer be on BBC iPlayer.
Rhianna Pratchett was recently interviewed about reclaiming Lara Croft and having Discworld creator Terry as a dad.
Rhianna has also been quoted as saying that she would be interested in another Discworld computer game in a recent interview with Digital Spy.
Rhianna also talks about the future of Discworld at Digital Trends - Discworld is mentioned after talking about the Lara Croft reboot.
SFX Magazine are running a poll to ask readers which sci-fi / fantasy series they should create a "Specials" magazine for. One of the options is Terry Pratchett.
So if you'd like a special SFX magazine dedicated to Terry Pratchett head over and vote:
Classic folk band Steeleye Span are going to create, in collaboration with Terry, a record based on Wintersmith. /url/PROG192
Steeleye Span fan and Discworld Monthly reader Barry Wright email@example.com writes: Saturday 16th March 2013. I have just returned from a fantastic concert by Steeleye Span at the Derby Assembly Rooms. Towards the end of the first half of the concert Peter Knight announced that they had been asked by Terry to put Wintersmith to music. He explained that it was still in its early stages as a project, but they still went on to play five compositions based on the Tiffany Aching story. They may have been in the development stage, but every one of them was excellent. This bodes really well for the promised album (when it is completed). Two numbers stood out in particular - 'Crown of Ice' and 'Dark Morris' - both of these went down well with a very appreciative audience. I did wonder, however, how many of them were aware of the Tiffany Aching trilogy before the concert - and how many of them will become Terry Pratchett readers following it? My only question is - 'How come I have not heard of this project before?'
A quick roundup of Discworld App reviews:
The Telegraph reviewed the app on the 7th March: /url/APP192A
PC Advisor found the background noise irritating but still gave the app 4.5 out of five at: /url/APP192B
iPAD AppStorm gave the app 10 out of 10 at: /url/APP192C
After a couple of months of silence a new Pratchett Podcast has been recorded. The delay was due to Pratchett Podcast creator Graeme Sheridan moving home. Issue 15 includes a review of Guards! Guards! and the usual mix of clacks, members of the Watch and news.
Visit the Pratchett Podcast facebook page for information on how to subscribe to the podcast.
Discworld and Lego fan GlenBricker has created a Lego version of
Great A'Tuin complete with elephants and the Discworld itself and
also a model of the Kite from The Last Hero. It has been created as
part of the Lego Cuusoo program. This program allows Lego designers
to come up with ideas for Lego sets. If the set gets 10,000 votes
it will then be reviewed by Lego who will decide if is it viable to
put into production. So far Great A'Tuin has received just 314
votes so it is some way off the 10,000 required. You can take a
look at GlenBricker's Cuusoo page and potentially vote at:
The 11th March would have been Douglas Adams' 61st birthday. An article in the Guardian claims that Adams is still the king of comic science fiction but the writer also thinks that Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are contenders for the throne.
Thanks to Lady Sybil for the link.
Transworld have previewed the cover art for The Long War, the second book in the The Long Earth series, via the official Terry Pratchett facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/pratchett
The Long War is due to be published on 20th June in the UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0857520113/87
And 18th June in the US - http://discworldmonthly.co.uk/USISBN/006206777X
Terry's original Orangutan documentary Jungle Quest from back in 1995 is about to be released on DVD. Unfortunately the tv6 site doesn't yet mention how you can get hold of it.
US residents can now purchase BackSpindle's Guards! Guards! game direct from the US saving quite a lot of money on postage. David Brashaw of BackSpindle has recently dispatched 100 copies of the 2012 edition of the game (including the updated rules) to Game Salute in the US.
You can order your copy at:
Terry's has posted a few tweets since last issue - below is a roundup of those posts. You can follow Terry at: https://twitter.com/terryandrob
8th March 2013: Hello #naiv ; Terry now talking over a rubbish Skype connection to the Australian Discworld Convention. No worries! http://pic.twitter.com/AmzuEroqJ7
8th March 2013: We got this far before Skype dropped out... http://pic.twitter.com/JuGK9nzdY9
8th March 2013: The very moment Terry was about to exclusively announce the title of the next full-length adult Discworld novel...
8th March 2013: But it's definitely not Raising Taxes...
8th March 2013: (FX Drum Roll) The next Discworld novel will be... RAISING STEAM.
8th March 2013: We have to make it clear that there's no date for publication, no deadline and no you can't pre-order yet because we haven't finished it.
This section will contain events that you need to keep in your diary. Entries will remain until they go out of date. New entries will include the word [New] next to them. If this section gets too large we will start pruning entries.
From issue 190 onwards recurring monthly meetings have been moved to their own area at the bottom of the dates section.
[UK, New] Wyrd Sisters will be performed at Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, Herts on Fri Mar 29 | 7:30pm by the Wednesday SDA class.
Tickets: 11.00 GBP - Concessions: 1.50 GBP off per ticket
Friends, Members and Group bookers (10+) please contact the Box Office on: 01438 363200 for any available discount.
All prices include a 1.00 GBP restoration fee.
[DE, New] "Die Dramateure" will perform their (German) version of 'Eric' on Friday 12th April and Saturday 13th April at 7:30 pm. The play will take place at 'Hohe Landeschule', Alter Ruckinger Weg 53, 63452 Hanau, Germany. Tickets are 6 EUR. Further information: http://www.dramateure.com
[UK, New] Wyrd Sisters will be performed by Bawds in Cambridge at the ADC Theatre from Tue 16 - Sat 20 April 2013.
9 GBP / 7 GBP concessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Matinee 10 GBP / 8 GBP concessions on Thursday - Saturday.
[UK] Swansea Little Theatre Presents The Fifth Elephant at the Dylan Thomas Theatre Swansea UK from 17th - 20th of April 2013 at 7:30pm.
Tickets cost 10 GBP (9 GBP concessions).
[UK, New] The Brighton University Drama Society will be performing Mort at Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 0JY from 19th - 21th April 2013.
Performances start at 7pm (Doors 6:45pm) and tickets cost 7 GBP (5 GBP Concessions) .
You can get your tickets from any Brighton SU office, the Brighton Dome Box office: 01273709709, or online: http://www.brightonticketshop.com
[UK, New] The Lydbrook Players, Lydbrook, Gloucestershire will be running Guards! Guards! on 25, 26 & 27th April 2013 at the Memorial Hall, Lydbrook, GL17 9LQ. The group have no box office facilities as such, tickets are usually bought in advance from the village shop or on the door on the night, but Pam Taylor is very happy to reserve tickets until the evening of the performance. If you would like to reserve tickets please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tickets cost 6 GBP per head, no concessions, sorry.
In addition to supporting the Orangutan Foundation, as all SB plays do, the Players also raise funds for a local charity, this year donations will go to the Great Oaks Hospice.
[UK, New] Terry will lead an evening of literature, poetry and spoken word on Tuesday 30th April at the Union Chapel, Islington in support of Dignity in Dying.
All proceeds from ticket sales will go towards Dignity in Dying.
Please note the direct link to the ordering pages doesn't work so select Events and scroll down to 30 April for details.
Tickets cost 23 GBP + booking fee.
[UK, New] The Wincanton Spring Fling takes place over the weekend of the 4th and 5th May 2013. The Wincanton events are always special and I look forward to a weekend of games, drinking, chatting, eating, a charity auction, a market place and all the other fun things that tend to get organised on these weekends.
Take a look at the Wincanton Events section of The Discworld Emporium Message Boards for more information: http://www.discworldemporium.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=20&start=0
[UK] A small drama group are planning on performing Monstrous Regiment from 23rd to 25th May 2013 at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Dorset. Apparently The Exchange is a great 300 seat venue.
The group are looking for any society events which might like to be arranged at the same time?
According to the group Terry lives within spitting distance of the venue and has been to it before and they are hoping he may come along as well. Perhaps even Stephen Briggs! Who knows?
[NL] The second Dutch Discworld Convention CabbageCon will take place from 24 till 26 May 2013 in Zandvoort aan Zee. The new website is available at:
Dr. Jack Cohen will sadly no longer be able to attend due to ill health.
The Convention organisers say they now have some special items for the charity auction and that they do have a lovely beach and there will be a barbeque on Saturday evening.
[UK, Updated] Monstrous Productions Theatre Company will be performing Carpe Jugulum in June 2013 in Cardiff. All proceeds from the performances will be donated to Alzheimer's Research UK.
The performances take place from 26th to 29th June 2013 and tickets cost 8 GBP (6GBP concessions).
[US] North American Discworld Convention 2013
The North American Discworld Event 2013 will take place from July 5th - 8th 2013 in Baltimore, MD.
[UK] Wadfest 2013 will take place from the 9th - 11th August 2013. Wadfest has a new home and will be at Wood Green, Animal Shelter, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH
The new site features a licensed bar, an event area with its own PA system, a cafeteria and a couple of shops.
The event organisers have managed to negotiate a much better deal with the new site and have therefore managed to pass on a huge discount on the price of tickets which are now 20 GBP each (5 GBP per ticket less than Wadfest 2011).
[UK] Nine Worlds Geekfest Convention takes place from the 9th - 11th August 2013. It's about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party. There will be a Discworld stream within the convention.
[DE] German Discworld Convention 2013
With a 1000 camels the German Discworld Convention moves to the mysterious continent of Klatch! Make room in your schedule from October 3rd to 6th in 2013 for the fourth German Discworld Convention. Be there when it's getting hot!
Visit our homepage for tickets and a 3-D tour of the castle. http://www.Discworld-Convention.de
[IE] The Third Irish Discworld Convention 2013 takes place from Friday 1st November to Monday 4th November 2013 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick, Ireland. Other details are sketchy at the moment.
[UK] Terry is due to be the special guest at Eastercon 65 from April 18th - April 21st 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.
[UK] The Discworld Convention 2014 will take place in Manchester at the Palace hotel from 8th - 11th August. People with long memories will remember that the original Discworld Convention took place in Manchester in 1996 but at a much smaller hotel.
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[AU] The Drummers Downunder are groups of fans that meet up monthly in Australia.
Unless otherwise stated the Drummers meet on the first Monday of each month.
The Drummers Downunder (Perth) will be meeting from 6pm at The Vic Hotel, 226 Hay St, Subiaco, Australia. You can contact the organiser Daniel Hatton on firstname.lastname@example.org
[AU, UPDATED] The Downunder Drummers (Sydney) meet at Maloneys Hotel on the corner of Pitt and Goulburn Streets (across the road from World Square), Sydney, Australia from 6.30pm. Due to the April Easter weekend our meeting this month will be on MONDAY 8TH APRIL For more information contact Sue (AKA Granny Weatherwax) on email@example.com
[UK] On the first Friday of every month there will be a meeting of WOTS - Omnian Temperance Society - Wincanton branch - to be held at The Bear Inn from 7pm. New members or visitors from other places always welcome.
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* From: "David Newling" email@example.com
I had been out of the office all morning and into the early afternoon. On returning to the good old workplace I decided to check the BBC news and you can imagine my surprise when I saw the headline "Missing Ring found on Carrot".
Had the newshounds of the BBC desperate for some new angle, decided to investigate the death of Edward d'Eath? Were they going to try and find the evidence that he had gathered in pursuit of the king? Had Carrot retained the ring for himself?
Sadly, No was the answer to the questions that sprang immediately to mind. It turns out that a lost ring had been found with a carrot growing through it and was reported from Sweden by Dagens Nyheter (missing an R there surely) but just another example of intrusion into our universe by Discworld.
If nothing else it made me smile which lightened an otherwise anagram of a fish day.
* From: "Dave Hough" firstname.lastname@example.org
I live in Bristol, and want to meet other people who like Terry Pratchett's Books etc. I'm particularly interested in going to Wincanton to visit the Shop etc,but it's really hard to get there by bus or train from Bristol for a day trip, and I don't drive. Also,would be interested in knowing anybody who goes to TP events.
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You may be getting a lot of emails about this, but I just read the latest issue of Discworld Monthly with the question about reading order. While the DWM site does accurately represent the publication order of the books, it isn't necessarily the best reading order.
There are a number of primary themes in Pratchett's books, which the fans have grouped the books by. In the early days, these were "Rincewind", "The Witches", "Death" and "The Watch", and each series-within-a-series could be read on its own. Things have obviously developed now and there are more interconnections and themes.
The prettiest (but not quite up-to-date) reading list is on LSpace.org (http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/the-discworld-reading-order-guide-20.jpg) and has international translations (http://www.lspace.org/books/reading-order-guides/). The less pretty but more up-to-date reading order, complete with an extra "history monks" reading order, is at http://epliss.com/files/pratchett_e.jpg and appears to take some inspiration for its differences in ordering from the suggestions in a text-only list (http://www.poslarchive.com/math/misc/discworld.html).
One thing to note with both lists is that while Eric is listed as an "illustrated novel", I think the illustrated edition isn't as common as the unillustrated paperback (unlike The Last Hero and Where's My Cow, which I'm only aware of as illustrated versions).
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* From: "Caroline Miles" firstname.lastname@example.org
I was wondering if you have any full length pictures of Fion the Nac Mac Feegle. We named our dog after her and she's not getting any younger!! I'm wanting to get her tatooed on my leg. I hope you can help me or point me in the direction of where I can be helped!!! Thank you very much for your time..
* From: "Gary O'Connor" email@example.com
I don't know if Terry had come across an item on a creature like this when he was writing Nation, and made it into the "Tree Climbing Octopi" - 'A Tree Lobster'! but it's a good match!
* From: "Paul Roach" firstname.lastname@example.org
I am writing as a confirmed Discworld fan since I bought the Colour of Magic 30 years ago. For the last 5 years I have been working for a charity in Afghanistan and one of our favourite pastimes is to do play readings. I was wondering if you could tell me how I can get hold of some of the adaptations of Terry's novels so that I can introduce my friends to the delights of Discworld?
Of course you might be the cause of discord between my wife and me as I have a habit of reading in bed and she cannot sleep because of the constant chuckling (not to mention quoting passages that particularly stand out).
DWM replies: Not sure how easy it will be to deliver to Afghanistan but Amazon list a lot of the plays. Some of them are available for Kindle so if you have one of their ebook readers you might be able to get them that way.
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I have just finished reading a totally engrossing book simply called London by Peter Ackroyd (published in Great Britain 2000 by Chatto & Wyndus).
As the title suggests the whole book is about the history of London. Quite honestly, if Discworld wasn't born some 20 years earlier you could reasonably assume that this was the font from which one T Pratchett sourced all of his plots, characters and backdrop.
It is common knowledge that Ankh Morpork is based on London but I was staggered to read that one Wynkyn de Worde had, in 1500, the first printing press (cf William de Worde (The Truth)).
There is an interesting article on toshers (Dodger) the Tyburn prison bears a striking likeness to the Tanty, a very insalubrious part of London in the 16thy century was known as the Shadows (NB The Shades) there are all the guilds including the Thieves Guild and many a prostitute who was called up in front of the magistrates gave her occupation as "seamstress".
There were so many other references echoing Ankh Morpork that I found myself laughing out loud at times.
Did you know that Dodger came from an area in London called Seven Dials which in the 18th century had the main entrance to the sewers of the East End. A truly fascinating book.
DWM replies: Quite agree that London (the city and its history, if not the book) is a great source of inspiration for A-M, Sean. There must also be numerous other fictional and non-fictional cities that have fed into A-M - Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar always struck me as a prominent influence in the early days of Rincewind & Twoflower.
* From: "Ian Jarrett" firstname.lastname@example.org
I was watching a slasher comedy/horror film the other day called Stitches. It's about a killer clown that comes back from the dead to get revenge... Despite that, it's actually a pretty decent film...
But that's not why I'm telling you lot... What got me was there was this scene where the Clowns take Stitches' ashes, and give the guy a funeral.
And as they were doing that, they take his Face Egg, and put it in a room with hundreds of other Eggs... And I was forcibly reminded of Mr Pratchetts Hall of Faces within the Guild of Fools.
Its worth a look-see just for that...
DWM replies: Since 1946 registered clowns in the UK have painted their faces on eggs kept at Clowns International. So I suspect that Terry's version is based on reality. You can see a gallery of some of the eggs at /url/EGG192
This month I've opened Turtle Recall at random pages and found a question from each page visited. Some are easy, some are quite hard. Well at least I think they are ...
The (hopefully correct) answers can be found at the end of this issue.
Reviewed by Jason Anthony
The Discworld story in the fourth instalment of The Science of Discworld ostensibly deals with the ownership of Roundworld. The latter day Omnians have decided that the Discworld is actually round and therefore try to claim ownership to Roundworld on religious grounds. The science bit (and much longer part) deals with many subjects including among others the shape of the universe, religion, monotheism vs polytheism, the definition of facts, the Large Hadron Collider and the differences between human-centric views of the universe and universe-centric views.
The book follows in the tradition of its predecessors by having alternating Discworld / science chapters with the Discworld story suggesting directions for the science to follow / explain. I'm no scientist (I never got past A-level physics) so I found a lot of the science very hard to follow. The book tries to explain terms such as flat torus, Euclidean, hyperbolic and hypersphere but I really struggled to make sense of it. It the book is dumbing down to the layperson then I must be pretty slow. [Well it's taken you 41 years to work that out - WB]
The Discworld Story is quite fun and it's good to seem some old characters such as Rincewind get a mention. Rincewind is the current custodian of Roundworld which he keeps on a shelf in his study. There is also some reference back to the adventures in The Last Hero where the band of adventurers get to see Great A'Tuin and the elephants close up.
Personally I'd like to take the Discworld story out and read it as a story and keep the science separate. I think given enough time - something in short supply here - I'd like to re-read and properly digest what Jack and Ian are trying to say. All too often I found myself reading the words but not understanding the sentences. I am sure I must have taken in more than I can recall at the moment..
If you have a scientific bent then this is a great book to read for the current thinking on lots of scientific theories. If not, there is a fun short Discworld story with a great Roundworld character called Marjorie who is a librarian who's once or twice seen an orangutan swinging through her library in London.
The Science of Discworld 4: Judgement Day will be published by EBury Press on 11th April 2013 in the UK on Hardback http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0091949793/87 and Kindle http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00BFTSZUC/87
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