The mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen...
Hands poised on the joystick, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces...
And they send him a message: WE SURRENDER.
They're not supposed to do that! Where does it say in the manual that they're supposed to do that?
But they've done it. This time they don't want to die. They just want to go home.
Johnny is the only human who knows. So he has to learn how to wage all-out Peace, and they don't make joysticks with a 'Don't Fire' button...
It's hard, trying to Save Mankind from the Galactic Hordes. It's even harder trying to save the Galactic Hordes from Mankind. But it's only a game, isn't it.
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