A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction

Terry Pratchett
science fiction, fantasy, short stories
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In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world's bestselling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short-form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett's long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press; to the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series.

Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas - all shot through with his inimitable brand of humour.

With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.


Foreword by A. S. Byatt

Non-Discworld Shorter Writings

  • The Hades Business (1963)
  • Solution (1964)
  • The Picture (1965)
  • The Prince and the Partridge (1968)
  • Rincemangle, the Gnome of Even Moor (1973)
  • Kindly Breathe in Short, Think Pants (1976)
  • The Glastonbury Tales (1977)
  • There's No Fool Like an Old Fool Found in an English Queue (1978)
  • Coo, They've Given Me the Bird (1978)
  • And Mind the Monoliths (1978)
  • The High Meggas (1986)
  • Twenty Pense, with Envelope and Seasonal Greeting (1987)
  • Incubist (1988)
  • Final Reward (1988)
  • Turntables of the Night (1989)
  • #ifdefDEBUG + `world/enough' + `time' (1990)
  • Holliwood Chickens (1990)
  • The Secret Book of the Dead (1991)
  • Once and Future (1995)
  • FTB (1996)
  • Sir Joshua Easement: A Biographical Note (2010)

Discworld Shorter Writings

  • Troll Bridge (1992)
  • Theatre of Cruelty (1993)
  • The Sea and Little Fishes (1998)
  • The Ankh-Morpork National Anthem (1999)
  • Medical Notes (2002)
  • Thud: A Historical Perspective (2002)
  • A Few Words from Lord Havelock Vetinari (2002)
  • Death and What Comes Next (2004)
  • A Collegiate Casting-out of Devilish Devices (2005)
  • Minutes of the Meeting to Form the Proposed Ankh-Morpork Federation of Scouts (2007)
  • The Ankh-Morpork Football Association Hall of Fame playing cards (2009)


  • Deleted extract from 'The Sea and Little Fishes'
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Release date: October 11, 2012
Genres: science fiction, fantasy, short stories
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Updated: January 31, 2020