#1 By: Cory Doctorow, November 5th, 2013 09:01
#2 By: Thecorrectline, November 5th, 2013 09:34
Sam Vimes is the best character ever written. That is all.
#3 By: Kaz, November 5th, 2013 09:48
I have to say I am jealous that you got to have this wonderful conversation with Sir Terry. But I am glad it was you. I would have locked up and been like Chris Farley, "Remember when you wrote Carpet People? ..... that was cool"
#4 By: strugglngwriter, November 5th, 2013 10:02
Well done Cory, and well done Sir Terry. Two of my favorite authors conversing. I feel lucky to have read this.
And yep, now I want to pick up Carpet People.
#5 By: Matthew Jones, November 5th, 2013 11:21
I really don't get the comment (from Cory) ""I generally refuse to predict the future (on the grounds that SF writers who dabble in futurism are like drug dealers who sample the product—unlikely to come to a good end)."
If Little Brother and Homeland are anything, then they are intended as a self-denying prophecy. They predict a future in the hopes of preventing it in a similar manner to 1984. I have a hard time reconciling the quote above with Cory's body of work. Isn't the entire genre that Little Brother falls into futurism? Is Cory admitting a problem needing rehab in the quote?
#6 By: Nelson Cunnington, November 5th, 2013 12:06
I like the Pterry etchings accompanying the interview*; something of Richard Searle to them, I think.
*I liked the interview as well.
#7 By: Dave, November 5th, 2013 13:16
As much as I like Sam Vimes, I prefer Granny Weatherwax. Like Vimes, she's got flaws - giant sized ones that define much of her personality - and like him these drive how she acts. Both are almost indomitable bastions of willpower. Vimes is more of a soldier though, whereas Granny's actions seem to be developed by a heart that she refuses to acknowledge she has. To me, that's a more complex character.
I could happily read a book about either though.
Like thekaz, I'm wildly jealous you got to interview the man!
#8 By: imag, November 5th, 2013 14:51
I think he is referring to making official "scientific" predictions outside of the works themselves. The works are exploration more than prediction. I might be wrong.
#9 By: imag, November 5th, 2013 14:53
Fantastic interview. Wonderful comments from you both.
#10 By: Stefan Jones, November 5th, 2013 15:06
Those are Pratchett's drawings? COOL!
#11 By: Cam R, November 5th, 2013 17:21
Another reminder of how great Terry Pratchett is. I love that the Tiffany Aching/we free men trilogy is his favorite. Although marketed as "adolescent" books they are perhaps my favorite discworld novels. My daughters love them, and I think they are as good as any of his "adult" discworld novels, minus a tiny bit of innuendo. If you haven't read them, get to it.
#12 By: Ignatius, November 5th, 2013 19:50
I love them both to pieces. Granny Weatherwax is my all time favorite though. I suspect when DEATH shows up for her, she'll respond, "Well?"
#13 By: Michael Brown, November 5th, 2013 19:51
It's fun to watch two authors turn questions around on each other and to get wonderful responses.
Especially these two authors!
looks at his copies of I Shall Wear Midnight and Little Brother on his bookshelf
I really must get around to reading these.
IMO, Thud was a masterpiece. Brings me to tears every time I read it.
#14 By: Alexander Johannesen, November 6th, 2013 00:56
My favourite Pratchett book will always be "Carpe Jugulum" with Granny Weatherwax in grand form. I also really, really liked "The Long Earth" which is more SciFi which I hope there will be more of!
#15 By: sockdoll, November 7th, 2013 20:54
This was a fantastic interview Cory, and I agree with the comment above, Tiffany Aching is my favorite of Pratchett's characters as well and I'm happy that he is so pleased with her.
#16 By: Cory Doctorow, November 10th, 2013 09:01
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