To every stratum there are the fossils: Precambrian flatworms and Devonian fishes, Triassic dinosaurs and Jurassic reptiles. These are the certainties, each in his own place, bearing witness to evolution, to order.
So there's something a mite disturbing about a lump of coal with a 1909 coin embedded in it, a Neanderthal skull with gold fillings, a plesiosaur grasping an End Nuclear Testing Now placard. Then the business of a new world discovered hanging out ther in deep space. A flat earth, Oblique Area-true Projection on top, pretty much of a blank underneath. Like any normal hot-blooded 200-year-old multiple divorcée, Kin Arad decided it all needed a checking out, signed up her team – a multi-armed berserker and a huge, gentle cannibal, furred alien – and set out...
Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE (1948–2015) was an English author of fantasy novels, especially comical works. He is best known for his Discworld series of about 40 volumes. Pratchett's first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and since his first Discworld novel (The Colour of Magic) was published in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. His 2011 Discworld novel Snuff was at the time of its release the third-fastest-selling hardback adult-audience novel since records began in the UK, selling 55,000 copies in the first three days.
Pratchett was the UK's best-selling author of the 1990s, and has sold more than 85 million books worldwide in 37 languages. He is currently the second most-read