Discworld Monthly - Issue 180 - April 2012
Table of Contents:
3. Readers' Letters
5. Review: The Book of Unwritten Tales - PC Game
6. Competition Result: Signed Terry Pratchett : Living With Alzheimer's DVD
7. Autumnal Update From Unseen University Convivium
8. The End
Welcome to issue 180. This month I have been mostly playing a computer game called The Book of Unwritten Tales - you can see my review of it in section 5.
Terry is currently in Jakarta, Indonesia where he is going to be making a documentary about the Orangutans. On Tuesday 27th Terry tweeted:
Update 2 : We've arrived safely in Jakarta and are already basking under the scorching Indonesian sun.
And included a picture of a very wet looking Jakarta, http://pic.twitter.com/lA7MaYFO
I suppose if you are going to visit a rainforest you should expect rain...
Then on Wednesday 28th they posted:
The first day of filming and already Mike the Sound Man has had his hands up our jumpers. http://pic.twitter.com/xh7brdAI
Every sound man we work with is called Mike. And on this shoot so is the cameraman. We have a plethora of Mikes. Wanna swap?
Last month I mistakenly said that Sir David Jason was going to be in The Watch TV series being produced by Prime Focus. I mis-read the original quote and it actually appears that Sir David will appear in another Prime Focus project. Sorry for the misinformation. My thanks to Paul Walsh for bringing this to my attention.
Don't forget, if you visit a play or a talk and would like to let the world know about it, please feel free to email your review to and we will consider it for publication.
Also if you have written an article that you think we might want to include in the newsletter please feel free to email me at the address below. We will of course give credit for anything we use.
Jason Anthony (Editor)
William Barnett (Deputy Editor)
Richard Massey (Holiday Expert)
Urgent Update from Rob Lupine Wadfest's entertainment organizer:
"Waddy and I have had to keep this quiet as there were a lot of big parties involved that we needed to confirm if we were to proceed, however I am pleased to announce that there WILL now be a Wadfest 2012!
It will be taking place over the usual weekend at Trentfield Farm and promises to be our biggest yet!
As you will see from our newly revamped website we are taking a radical new direction, but we feel it is a really exciting one that the Wadfest community can readily get behind.
I appreciate that this is short notice, and so to that end we have decided to sell tickets at the ultra-low price of 5 GBP for a very limited time.
To secure your tickets (book now, they are going to go fast once the general public get wind of this!) just pop over to http://www.wadfest.co.uk
We look forward to welcoming you to the party! Rob Lupine"
On 7th March Terry and Rob tweeted:
Just arrived at London ExCel for the Alzheimer's Disease International Conference. Life suddenly seems a little more serious.
On 20th March Terry's documentary - Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
won the Royal Television Society award for best single documentary.
The statement reads
In a very strong year, [this] is an outstanding
example of the single documentary - groundbreaking, revelatory and
Latest update from Terry and Rob via PJSMPrints.com:
I made my first journey to the jungles of Borneo back in 1994 to film the Jungle Quest documentary. We travelled by some god-awful airline and stayed in some grotty accommodation, but we shot a decent film in less than a week. Today Rob and myself embark on another journey to Indonesia and will be travelling in what we hope to be slightly more luxury and will be staying until... well, we're going to stay until the job is done. And what is that job? Hmm... for that you will have to wait to the Autumn to find out, for no less significant reason than the BBC have thought it best to not tell us the whole story until we get there. Though for a little catch up on what's going on in what remains of the jungle, you might wish to CLICK HERE. [http://discworldmonthly.co.uk/url/ORANG180A]
And each and every day during our travel preparations (including far too many inoculations and hallucinogenic anti-malaria pills) we have promised ourselves that we would take time out to write a decent update on what we've been up to. Trouble is, we've been far too busy to take any time out and so the update would entirely consist of great tales of;
- Editing Long Earth.
- Editing Dodger.
- Shopping for dashing jungle wear.
So we'll just have to keep you up to date via Twitter (at the bottom of this page if you're not registered) and will email photos to Transworld for the Facebook page and also to Jason Anthony for Discworld Monthly. That is if we find decent WiFi and, well, electricity.
Finally, we've left a decent stock of signed books with Sandra right HERE [http://discworldmonthly.co.uk/url/BOOKS180A] but you'll obviously have to wait a few weeks if items do go out of stock while we're away.
Bon voyage to us. We'll report back as and when we can.
All the best. Terry
As mentioned above, as and when we receive any more information from Terry and Rob we will put up links in our news page http://www.discworldmonthly.co.uk/news.php
Recent Tweets from Terry and Rob:
Sunday 25th March: Excellent! We're going to Singapore in a 1930's railway carriage!
Sunday 25th March:Update 1: We're in the car en route to T3. Nothing can possibly go wrong. Can it?http://pic.twitter.com/AbzLMLcQ
Lynsey from Transworld recently wrote on the Terry Pratchett Facebook page [https://www.facebook.com/pratchett]
"Happy 21st March! Only three months to the publication of The Long Earth! To celebrate this momentous Wednesday we'll be revealing three characters from the book over the course of the day! The first is on his / her way... - Lynsey"
Joshua Valienté - Joshua was an orphan born in another world, he would rather lose himself in a forest than in the crowds of our Earth, and can't wait to get away from it again.
Lobsang - A Tibetan mechanic reincarnated as a highly intelligent machine, with a high opinion of himself to match.
Monica Jansson - A Madison police officer with more imagination than most, who is first on the scene when children start disappearing all over the city.
We previously mentioned that actor Michael Fenton-Stevens was recording the audiobook versions of all three The Science of Discworld books. Stephen Briggs has also been busy recording the same books. It appears that Stephen has been reading the Discworld parts while Michael has been reading the more science sections.
The cover and cover blurb (real word - I checked in Wikipedia) of Dodger - Terry's next book after the Long Earth has been revealed:
"In an alternative London, ruled by the young Queen Victoria, an enterprising lad can find adventure and opportunity - if he is very smart, and very, very lucky. Dodger has the brains, the luck - and the cheek - to scrape by on his own.
Everyone knows Dodger, and everyone likes Dodger. Which is a good thing, because life for a boy on the streets is anything but easy. And it's about to get seriously complicated as a simple haircut turns momentous when Dodger unknowingly puts a stop to the murderous barber Sweeney Todd.
From Dodger's encounters with fictional villains to his meetings with Darwin, Disraeli, and Dickens, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking tale of adventure and mystery, unexpected coming-of-age, and one remarkable boy's rise in a complex and fascinating world.
Beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett writes at the height of his powers, combining high comedy with deep wisdom, to the delight of fans old and new."
Back in February Transworld announced a competition to name a street in the new Ankh-Morpork Map that Bernard and the gang in Wincanton are currently working on.
The competition required the entrants to video themselves singing the first verse of the song that Rob and Terry instinctively sang when they arrived at Matamata.
The answer was: Mr Sandman (originally recorded by The Chordettes).
The winning entry came from Dave Vierling and the Guards! Zack Phillips came a very close second so Terry decided that both Dave and Zack will have their street names immortalised on the new map.
You can view the winning entry at: http://vimeo.com/37568773
On the 7th June a new publication entitled The World of Poo will be released. It looks like it will be a late companion book to Snuff. The cover states: Terry Pratchett presents Miss Felicity Beedle's The World of Poo - A Discworld delight for readers of all ages.
Little else is known about the title. You can pre-order it from Amazon UK at the following address: http://discworldmonthly.co.uk/ISBN/0857521217
At the time of writing this the book didn't appear to be listed on the US Amazon site.
The Daily Mail recently ran a story entitled: Pratchett accuses Government of not caring and making Alzheimer patients feel like 'malingerers'.
The story reports Terry saying:
patients were seen as a nuisance
and were penalised because ministers regard the illness merely as a
social care problem. and
it was unfair that families were
'bankrupting' themselves paying for dementia care when treatment for
other conditions is free on the NHS.
Issue 6 of the Pratchett Podcast which reviews the Cosgrove Hall's adaptation of Soul Music is out now and available from iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/de/podcast/the-pratchett-podcast/id475206361
The Discworld Newsletter The Morporkian has merged with the new Discworld Fanatics website run by RJH. RJH has been busy building content into his site and is always quick off the mark with the latest news.
Fans of the excellent VLC video player may have noticed that the latest version is called TwoFlower. What you might not have realised is the previous version was called The Luggage. After asking the question on Twitter, I got a reply from the @VideoLAN account stating that the next version of VLC will be called Rincewind.
Some good news for dementia sufferers - the UK government doubles research funding.
On March 26th - the Prime Minister announced a campaign of concerted action on dementia. Alzheimer's Research UK welcomed Mr Cameron's announcement, in particular, the Government's plan to double funding for dementia research.
Bookseller Magazine dated 24th of February page 28 includes a paperback preview for June 2012. Snuff is advertised as the lead book in the Top Sellers column assembled by Sarah Broadhurst. "Discworld 39, and still ace. Another highly polished, satirical dissection of our society, starring Sam Vimes - brilliant." Due June 7th. In 2nd March issue on page 24 we find New Titles Fiction by Alice O'Keeffe. Heading up the top sellers is The Long Earth by Terry and Stephen Baxter, Doubleday June 21st. Directly next to it is The World of Poo, "a tale from the pen of Miss Felicity Beedle ..." due June 7th.
There was also an article illustrated with a photo of Terry "Something Borrowed" about the state of the libraries market, 2nd March pages 18 - 21. Statistics show the most loaned authors, starting with James Patterson, using LibScan which covers a third of public libraries, so you can estimate the total loans by multiplying by three. Data is available by author, age-group and genre, and Terry although the most borrowed author in the SF/Fantasy genre, still comes in at only the 96th most borrowed author. This is no index of his popularity as, says the Bookseller, "SFF fans prefer to buy their books".
Unfortunately we can't provide links to any of this information because Bookseller operate a pay wall on their site. You can probably read the issues at your local library.
Discworld Fanatics (http://discworldfanatics.co.uk) are pleased to announce that we are now the new official home of the Discworld Reading Guide 2.1 (http://discworldfanatics.co.uk/discworld-reading-guide-2-1/).
Earlier this week the creator of the guide Krzysztof Kietzman approached me to ask if I wanted to be the new official home of the guide. The answer was an easy yes. On the site we now have a dedicated page for the guide and it can be found on the main menu under Discworld. On the page you will find the current version (2.1) in the following languages, English, French, Polish and Spanish.
Krzysztof Kietzman had this to say about the latest version and also its new home:
"The Discworld Reading Order Guide debuted in 2003 and found its first Internet home in L-Space, a popular Pratchett and Discworld fan site. However, with the discontinued operation of L-Space, the Discworld Reading Order Guide has now found another home in the new Discworld Fanatics website. With the help of Discworld Fanatics and ZonaFandom, I am proud to present the new 2.1 version of the Discworld Reading Order Guide, which has been updated for 2012. And I invite Pratchett fans to keep sharing the Guide and the passion for Discworld."
We are always looking for new translators as well. If a Discworld Monthly reader is interested in contributing a translation, email the author or contact the Discworld Fanatics website.
Terry's favourite animal rescue centre, Secret World Wildlife Rescue Centre, got a financial boost of 25,000 GBP recently when a store manager at Pets at Home made the donation. The staff of Pets at Home are also arranging fundraisers to help Secret World build its new hospital wing.
Locus, the US based sci-fi / fantasy magazine still has Snuff in the top position of its hardcover chart. Snuff has been at number one for three months.
Daniel Knight and his crew have been busy building the bridge set for their adaptation of Troll Bridge. They have released loads of pictures showing the progress and two videos: the first showing the first two weeks of bridge building in stop motion and the second showing how the green screen is made.
You can keep up to date with Troll Bridge at:
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.
[UK and AU, Updated] The Broken Drummers and The Drummers Downunder are groups of fans that meet up monthly in the UK and Australia.
Unless otherwise stated the Drummers meet on the first Monday of each month. In April this will be Monday 2nd.
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
The Drummers Downunder (Sydney) meet at Maloneys Hotel on the corner of Pitt and Goulburn Streets (across the road from World Square), Sydney, Australia from 6.30pm. For more information contact Sue (AKA Granny Weatherwax) on
The Broken Drummers meet at The Monkey Puzzle, Paddington, London, W2 1JQ, England at 7pm. For more information contact Helen Nicholls on
Please note: The UK, May meeting will take place on 30th April to avoid clashing with the Spring Fling in early May.
The Drummers are always happy to welcome new visitors.
[AU] For fans in Adelaide, The City of Small Gods Terry Pratchett Fan Club meets on the last Thursday of the month from 6.30pm at the Ed Castle, 233 Currie St. Details, discussions and organisation of extra events (such as play outings) are held on our email mailing list, so please sign up at https://groups.google.com/group/adelaide-discworld-fans
[UK, New] The Truth will be performed by The Shoestring Theatre Company in Stanley Community Centre, Tyne Road, Stanley, Durham (DH9 6PZ). Thursday 3rd May to Saturday 5th May 2012. Performances start 7:15pm.
Tickets 5 GBP (4 GBP concessions)
More details email 0776 675 1048
[UK, New] The Discworld Emporium Spring Fling will take place on 5th and 6th May 2012 in Wincanton.
More details at: http://www.discworldemporium.com/
[UK, New] Maskerade will be performed by HIADS (Hayling Island Amateur Dramatic Society) from Sat 19th May - Sat 26th May at 7:45pm. Tickets cost 7.00 GBP.
Location: Station Theatre, Station Road, HAYLING ISLAND, PO11 0EH
[AU] The Unseen University Convivium 2012 takes place from July 6 - 8 2012.
You can find out more information and purchase tickets by
- Looking on the website: http://ausdwcon.org
- Liking them on Facebook: http://facebook.com/UnseenUni
- Following them on Twitter: http://twitter.com/UnseenUni
- Sending enquiries via email to:
[UK, Updated] The Eighnnnnnn International Discworld Convention will take place from the 24th to 27th August 2012 at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.
For more information visit: http://www.dwcon.org
The convention has allocated all 950 tickets for the event and have even had to close down their waiting list. So it looks like it really is far too late to go now.
[US, New] North American Discworld Convention 2013
The North American Discworld Event 2013 will take place from July 5th - 8th 2013 in Baltimore, MD.
[DE] German Discworld Convention 2013
After successfully surviving the Assassins of Ankh-Morpork in 2011 we are taking the German Discworld Convention 2013 to their home continent Klatch! Make room in your schedule from October 3rd to 6th in 2013 for the fourth German Discworld Convention.
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* From: "Marion Banks-Wilkinson"
With regards to Heinlein and Pratchett: I love the juvenilia too, Red Planet and Citizen of the Galaxy were the first sci-fi I read in 1969.
* From: "Pauline Groves"
Please can someone come up with all three Discworld PC games for Windows Modern? If I'd known, I'd have kept a laptop on Windows 97.
DWM replies: Sadly as the makers of all three games went into receivership some time ago it seems unlikely. The first two are very playable using the ScummVM engine and it's possible to get Noir working with some virtual machine software to make your PC pretend to be Windows 98.
* From: "Marc Weiss"
I just read the Discworld Newsletter and wanted to comment on your review of Discworld Noir:
I totally agree, that sometimes it is tedious with finding the right clues. But playing it through is totally worth it. There are twists and unexpected gameplays in it. So if you did not get further than the first Act, I really recommend playing it, even if you need a walkthrough, because the story behind it is absolutely thrilling :-)
Best wishes from Switzerland
* From: "Danny"
Last month John Cameron-Cornish asked: I may be a little out of touch, here, but does UU have a(ny) college > scar(f)(ves)?
Yes! The Discworld companion describes the UU scarf, and you can even buy one from PJSM prints: http://www.paulkidby.com/tshirts/college-1.html (scroll to the bottom)
* From : <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Have a look at this. http://discworldmonthly.co.uk/url/LUGGAGE180A
It sounds familiar. Does not look familiar yet (no legs but wheels and electronics instead of magic), but it is a start.
DWM replies: The link is to an episode of the Ben Heck Show. Ben's show is about modding things, from portable XBOX 360 consoles to a system for cyclists to keep the correct distance from parked cars. In this episode Ben creates a piece of luggage that follows its owner using echo location sensors. It works well but it's certainly no replacement for sapient pearwood.
* From: "Arthur"
Has anyone any idea when the German edition of Snuff will be released, I have had mine for a while now, and my Frau keeps asking me when the German edition will be on the bookshelves. The last book "Das Mitternachskleid" (I Shall Wear Midnight) was released shortly after the English edition.
This month I've taken three random quotes from the Discworld series and ask you to name which book they came from.
The answers as usual can be found at the end of this issue.
Review by Jason Anthony
As I mentioned last month I was sent a copy of The Book of Unwritten Tales to review because its authors claim it has humour of a similar nature to Discworld.
The game is a modern version of the classic point and click adventure but brought up to date. The graphics are luscious, the characters well animated, the voices well acted and the puzzles vary from simple to dastardly.
The story of the game is that an aged archaeologist named MacGuffin has discovered the secret hiding place of a legendary artifact, which has the power to end the war. Before he can tell anyone about the discovery he is kidnapped by the forces of evil. You take the role of Ivo a forest elf and attempt to rescue MacGuffin. If you succeed he drops into the world of the next character you control - Wilbur (a gnome).
As the game progresses you either play sections as one of the individual characters or as all three characters (the third is Nate a pirate) simultaneously and switch between characters to make use of their individual skills and attributes. Nate is strong, Wilbur is small etc.
The puzzles can be infuriating and can require using combinations of items to make other items. A fish bone, rope and stick can be combined to make a fishing rod which you can then use to complete part of a more complex puzzle.
The game follows the book metaphor and is divided into chapters. You start at the prologue and work your way through the chapters. In the month or so that I've had the game I managed to get through to chapter four.
While playing the game I noticed reference to Star Wars, Discworld and Narnia. At one point you meet Death and one of your speech options is to ask why he isn't speaking in CAPITAL LETTERS. I also noticed a mention of the Unseen University earlier in the game.
Each section of the game has a limited number of places to visit - and everything you need to find to complete the puzzles for that section is contained within those few rooms. It can be frustrating trying objects out on people or on screen items to try to get them to activate or interact. Sometimes you will choose an item that will give the option to do something only to be told that it doesn't work. Eventually you work out that while it is in theory feasible to use the item you are trying, it actually needs to be used elsewhere and that action will release the item that you need.
I really enjoyed playing the game and would recommend it to anyone that likes point and click adventures and puzzle solving. The humour and references to fantasy / sci-fi also make the game more fun.
For more information visit: http://bout.kingart-games.com/
Last month we teamed up with the lovely people at http://www.pjsmprints.com to give you a chance to win a signed Terry Pratchett: Living with Alzheimer's DVD.
We asked you to answer the following simple question:
The answer we were looking for as 15GBP. We received over 100 correct entries and the randomly selected winner is: Natalie Goatley from Cornwall. The DVD isn't released until the middle of April so your prize may take a little while to get to you. The fact that Terry and Rob are in Indonesia might delay it a bit as well.
Don't forget to keep up to date with the latest news at: http://www.pjsmprints.com
Ladies, Gentlemen and Students, there's now only just over three months until the Unseen University Convivium!
Please come and join us at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, Roundworld on July 6-8, 2012.
Details of the Convivium are, as always, available at http://ausdwcon.org
We have managed to arrange some deals with hotels and hostels near the University, so please consider booking at one of the following places - http://ausdwcon.org/pages/accommodation
Options range from a luxurious four star hotel down to the budget backpackers - but please do not feel restricted by our recommendations, stay anywhere you like.
For those who would like to save money and share a room with a strange friend or friendly stranger, please use this forum thread for arranging things: http://ausdwcon.org/forums/1/topics/495
If you live locally in Adelaide and would be willing to give up your spare bed or floor space to a visitor, or if you're a visitor who really wants to save money, please discuss billeting arrangements on this forum thread: http://ausdwcon.org/forums/1/topics/496
Some newly released information for items on our programme!
The Maskerade costume competition is now open for applicants! You can read all the details and download an application form at http://ausdwcon.org/pages/maskerade
Transmogrification - Get yourself turned into a frog. Or a werewolf, troll, zombie, vampire, Feegle, or any other creature! Face & body painting available by appointment only at reasonable prices.
In addition, a demonstration of a full-body painting will be done during Gaudy Night. To find out more details, see http://ausdwcon.org/pages/bodypainting
And of course, our wondrous guests and performers will be presenting:
Unseen Theatre Company's "Pratchett Pieces 3" - reprising some of their short plays from the Adelaide Fringe Festival
Snowgum Films presents some behind-the-scenes footage and info about their in-production film "Troll Bridge", based on the Terry Pratchett short story
Martin Pearson performs his own style of comedy and folk music
Matt Falloon and his Trained Balloons will turn inflated bladders of rubber into magical creatures before your very eyes!
Matt Falloon will also be presenting Magic and Ballooning workshops for those who wish to learn these amazing skills.
You can find out more about other programme items at http://ausdwcon.org/pages/programme
The Unseen University Convivium programme runs at the following times:
Fri 6 July - 6pm to midnight Sat 7 July - 9am to midnight Sun 8 July - 10am to 5pm Mon 9 July (Winery & Gourmet Tours) - 9am to 5pm
A more detailed timetable of events will be available in early June.
We are also still looking for several volunteers to run or participate in various programme items, so please check out the list and let us know if you can help us out!
EXCLUSIVE CONVIVIUM ATTENDEES-ONLY T-SHIRT AND SCARF
If there's one thing you need to show your friends that you've attended the best Australian Discworld fan gathering of 2012, it's a t-shirt bearing the slogan "I Learned To Spell Like A Wizzard." If there's another thing, it's an official Unseen University Convivium scarf.
Both items are now available for preorder at http://ausdwcon.org/pages/exclusive_merch
These are exclusive to Convivium attendees only, and can be picked up from the Faculty on arrival at the University. Orders must be made by June 6th.
You can still buy other items of merchandise (available to everyone, everywhere) from our Cafepress store at http://cafepress.com/unseenuni
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NULLUS ANXIETAS IV
Last of all, we'd like to let you know that the next major Australian Discworld Convention after the Convivium will be Nullus Anxietas IV, to be held at the Bell Rydges Hotel and Convention Centre in Melbourne, Victoria from 8-10 March, 2013. Detailed information will be at http://ausdwcon.org after the Convivium, but for now, you can use social media to keep yourself informed:
- Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/NullusAnxietasIV
- Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/NullusAnxietas4
- Google+ - https://plus.google.com/105712341206990016676
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