Discworld Monthly - Issue 194 - June 2013
Table of Contents:
3. Readers' Letters
5. Review: The Long War
6. Discworld Emporium Competition Results
7. PJSM Prints - The Long War Competition
8. News Update from the Discworld Convention 2014.
9. The End
Welcome to issue 194. Firstly please let me apologise for the delay in getting this issue out. I had planned to release it earlier but wanted to be able to bring you a quick review of The Long War then I was ill for a couple of days and wasn't feeling up to using a computer.
As this month's issue is so full, I have decided to hold off including my review of the Wincanton Spring Fling until next month. Suffice to say I had a really great time!
We've received the unfortunate news this month that the German Discworld Convention 2013 has had to be cancelled due to change of management at the castle the event is held in. The Convention will return in 2015 at another castle. See the dates section for more information.
The Discworld Monthly facebook group now has now moved to over 5,000 members and continues to have lots of lively and fun conversations. Anyone can join in the fun but it might take me a few hours to add you to the group (no facebook access at work you see)... If you want to chat with fellow Discworld Monthly readers between issues make sure you visit us at our new facebook address: www.facebook.com/DiscworldMonthly/
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Jason Anthony (Editor)
William Barnett (Deputy Editor)
Richard Massey (High Tech Detective)
The new Terry Pratchett First Novel Award winner has now been announced as The Hive by Alexander Maskill. Alexander will receive a 20,000 GBP prize as an advance on a publishing contract.
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter is out now in paperback.
"1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone?
2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive (some said mad, others dangerous) scientist when she finds a curious gadget - a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a...potato. It is the prototype of an invention that will change the way Mankind views his world for ever.
And that is an understatement if ever there was one..."
UK Paperback: discworldmonthly.co.uk/ISBN/0552164089
US Paperback: discworldmonthly.co.uk/USISBN/0062068687
The latest issue of Gramarye (Summer 2013 Issue 3) features an article written by Jakob Lofgren entitled "Death and a Pickled Onion" about the folklore of the real-life Hogswatch celebrations in Wincanton (and I thought we were just having fun!).
The issue also features a book review written by Jacqueline Simpson (co-author of The Folklore of Discworld).
You can purchase your copy of Gramarye from www.sussexfolktalecentre.org/journal/ or wait for our competition next month to win one of two copies I have here to give away.
The Guardian has released a video of the highlights of the talk that Terry, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart gave about the Science of Discworld 4 at London's Conway Hall on 24 April 2013.
If you like our Trivia section you might want to try the Discworld Witches Quiz on GoodReads.com. I got 14 out of 15 by the way (which I find rather amazing really - I didn't expect to do so well!)
News update from Lady Sybil.
Here is another week's worth from the Bookseller (24th May)
Top 50, all genres and ages:
The Long Earth (paperback), up to 13 from 24. Sold over 8,000 copies the week 12th - 18th May, and total sales 13,299. No. 11 in the top 20 mass-market fiction.
Science of Discworld 4 is No. 10 in the Top 20 hardback non-fiction.
SOD 4 had a good reign in the top 50 in The Bookseller charts: down to no. 34 in issue dated 26th April, and no. 2 in the Top 20 hardback NF; at no. 6 in the top 20 hardback NF, issue dated 3rd May; back up to no. 4 on 10th May; and down to no. 9 on 17th by which time the book was selling well over 1,000 copies a week.
As SOD4 left the charts, The Long Earth in paperback arrived. It shot into the Top 20 mass-market fiction at no. 18, issue dated 17th May, and at no.24 in the Top 50, having sold 5,269 copies
"Terry Pratchett's Discworld Might Be The Highest Form of Literature on the Planet." This bold statement is from Brandon Sanderson's article for tor.com
The author goes on to suggest that in five hundred years, it won't be the Nobel laureates who are being studied. It's going to be this [Terry Pratchett] guy.
Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter will discuss The Long War at The IET, London on Tuesday 25th June 2013.
The event will be held at The Institute of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL, and will run for approximately one hour.
Copies of the books will be on sale courtesy of Forbidden Planet and stamped exclusively for this event. There will also be an opportunity to purchase books signed by both authors, though these will be strictly limited. To make sure everyone has a fair chance, ticket numbers for these will be drawn out of a hat on the evening.
Fellow Discworld fan Rachel Rowlands has won a competition to name one of the new penguins at Folly Farm in Wales.
Rachel suggested the name Gaspode. Rachel was able to meet Gaspode and tour Folly Farm's new penguin enclosure. Rachel said: "It was fantastic to meet Gaspode and the other Humboldt penguins at Folly Farm today. They all have such funny little personalities."
Graham Lee, lead developer on the Discworld App, was interviewed at the recent QCon London 2013 test. The interview gets quite technical at points but it is still interesting.
Rocky Horror and The Colour of Magic star Tim Curry recently suffered a stroke. Tim Curry is reported to be recovering in an L.A. hospital. We hope Mr Curry makes a speedy recovery.
Terry has been a bit busier on Twitter this month - below is a roundup of his posts. You can follow Terry at: twitter.com/terryandrob
3rd May 2013: Okay, so there might not be a god, but he's trying very hard to prove otherwise. Happy Day @MitchBenn pic.twitter.com/bIFP7QVQWs
29th May 2013: A perfect day researching #RaisingSteam on the @Watercress_Line. Thank you one and all. pic.twitter.com/S209FmE0hm
30th May 2013: Brilliant. If anyone knows the artist or where we can get a print... pic.twitter.com/Eqgs5wa4aV
30th May 2013: Many thanks everyone. Here's a link to the artist; begemott.deviantart.com/art/sweet-halloween-dreams-42197587 ...
30th May 2013: The judges have convened. The winner of the Pratchett Prize will be announced tonight. Good luck everyone! pic.twitter.com/4fhpaxbTKe
30th May 2013: And the winner is... The Hive by Alexander Maskill! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS! pic.twitter.com/KdDZ8rFztS
2nd Jun 2013: Sitting in the @HTLGIFestival green room with AS Byatt and a (small) brandy. pic.twitter.com/QXN51DckBb
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.
From issue 190 onwards recurring monthly meetings have been moved to their own area at the bottom of the dates section.
[PL, New] The University of Warsaw's academic theater group The Cheerful Hamlets presents Terry Pratchett's "Wyrd Sisters", adapted by Stephen Briggs!
This fine piece of art will be staged on the 1st and 15th of June at Centrum Lowicka (ul. Lowicka 21, Warsaw) at 6PM. Entrance is free, although we ask anyone interested in coming to make a donation to the Orangutan Foundation if they can. We will be accepting donations both before and after the performance - all proceeds will go to the cause. Follow the link below for more information about the Foundation!
Reservations for the Play are to be sent to our email address:
In the title of the email, please specify which performance you are interested in (ex.: WYRD SISTERS 1.06), and list the number of seats you wish to reserve and the names of people coming within the message.
We truly look forward to seeing you at Centrum Lowicka on the 1st or 15th of June!
[UK, Updated] Monstrous Productions Theatre Company will be putting on Carpe Jugulum at the Gate Theatre, Cardiff from 26-29th June, 7pm. Tickets are 8 GBP or 6 GBP concessions and 100% of the ticket sales is being donated to Alzheimer's Research UK.
Tickets are available at 7889269b08cd.fikket.com/ or see their website www.monstrousptc.com
[US, Updated] North American Discworld Convention 2013 - Baltimore Marriott
Waterfront July (5-8)
A Worlde of a Thousande Surprises awaits at this 4-day event, dedicated to the beloved works of Sir Terry Pratchett.
Taking as its theme: "L-Space: Another place, another time...in an age of wander!", the North American Discworld Convention will reach beyond the Disc, embracing all of the Creator's works, from Carpet People to the Long War!
Honored guests will include: Sir Terry Pratchett, Rob Wilkins, Rod Brown, Jennifer Brehl, Anne Hoppe, Colin Smythe, Dr. Pat Harkin, Bernard Pearson, Reb Voyce and Ian Mitchell, Esther M. Friesner
Among the varied entertainments will be a Pub Quiz / Trivia - Bedtime Stories - Cthinema - Charity Auction - a magnificent Gala Banquet - Plus a special July 4th Fireworks reception, presenting a unique opportunity to mingle with many of the invited guests in an informal setting.
All the latest information on the biggest Discworld event in North America may be found at:
Don't delay and sign up today!
[UK] Wadfest 2013 will take place from the 9th - 11th August 2013. Wadfest has a new home and will be at Wood Green Animal Shelter, King's Bush Farm, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH
The new site features a licensed bar, an event area with its own PA system, a cafeteria and a couple of shops.
The event organisers have managed to negotiate a much better deal with the new site and have therefore managed to pass on a huge discount on the price of tickets which are now 20 GBP each (5 GBP per ticket less than Wadfest 2011).
[UK] Nine Worlds Geekfest Convention takes place from the 9th - 11th August 2013. It's about gaming, film, cosplay, fandom, literature, science, geek culture, meeting people and having a really big party. There will be a Discworld stream within the convention.
[DE, UPDATE] Postponement / Cancellation of the German Discworld Convention 2013.
The castle that we booked has a new management and recently communicated its new, drastically altered conditions to us. Sadly these leave us with no other option than postponing the convention to 2015 and move to a new castle. The good news is that we have found a new, way better castle with an obliging management. Pictures of the new castle will be posted on our facebook page: www.facebook.com/ScheibenweltConvention
[IE] The Third Irish Discworld Convention 2013 takes place from Friday 1st November to Monday 4th November 2013 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Limerick, Ireland.
The Convention will be issuing an official press release with more information in the near future.
Visit www.idwcon.org/ or see the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/idwcon
[UK] Terry is due to be the special guest at Eastercon 65 from April 18th - April 21st 2014 at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow.
[UK] The Discworld Convention 2014 will take place in Manchester at the Palace hotel from 8th - 11th August. People with long memories will remember that the original Discworld Convention took place in Manchester in 1996 but at a much smaller hotel.
Visit www.dwcon.org/ or see the facebook group at: www.facebook.com/groups/489457174398254/
[AU] Nullus Anxietus V will take place from 10th to 12th April 2015 and will be in New South Wales, Australia.
Details are sketchy at the moment but keep an eye on the facebook page at:
Recurring monthly meetings:
[UK] The Broken Drummers meet at The Monkey Puzzle, Paddington, London, W2 1JQ, England at 7pm. For more information contact Helen Nicholls on
Unless otherwise stated the Drummers meet on the first Monday of each month.
The Drummers are always happy to welcome new visitors. You can find out more about the Drummers at www.brokendrummers.org/
[AU] The Drummers Downunder are groups of fans that meet up monthly in Australia.
Unless otherwise stated the Drummers meet on the first Monday of each month.
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
[AU, UPDATED] The Downunder Drummers (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
[UK] On the first Friday of every month there will be a meeting of WOTS - Omnian Temperance Society - Wincanton branch - to be held at The Bear Inn from 7pm. New members or visitors from other places always welcome.
[Adelaide, AU] The City of Small Gods is a group for fans in Adelaide
and South Australia. We have regular dinner and games nights, plus play
outings, craft-y workshops, and fun social activities throughout the
year. For more info and to join our mailing list, visit:
[Brisbane, AU] The Pratchett Partisans meet monthly at either Brisbane
or Indooroopilly to eat, drink and chat about all things Pratchett. For
more info about their next meetup, check out:
or contact Ula directly at
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Claire Little writes: I'm having a clear-out and found some early copies of the Stanley Howler stamp journal, various other Discworld stamps ephemera, and a bunch of stamps. There aren't any blue triangles among them, but there are a few that sold for around 10 GBP on Ebay, eg 4x half pence Shades surcharge, Patrician penny red. I don't have the time or the inclination to go through and work out what might be a very rare sport, or to sell them individually on Ebay but there are at least 50 stamps, all from 2007 or earlier. Would anyone care to take a chance and make me a reasonable offer for the lot?
Paul Keates writes: I have for sale a signed copy of the Discworld portfolio signed to Paul best wishes Josh Kirby. Book is in a good condition if interested email me, thank you.
3. Readers' Letters
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* From: "Fred Leonard"
A request for all those attending this year in Baltimore: I'm planning a Maskerade skit. It requires a few more players, 3 to be exact - 2 female, 1 male. Costumes won't be overly elaborate as it's more skit based than costume based.
Please email me if you are interested. Thanks!
* From: "Natalie Smith"
Natalie Smith was recently burgled and had all her Discworld jewellery stolen. If you see any Barrie J Wakeford jewellery on eBay please get in contact with Natalie.
* From: "Sudbury Dramatic Society"
Can I ask anyone out there who has put on the play of Monstrous Regiment to contact me as I would like to pick a few brains about costumes/props (or even beg, borrow or steal some - especially red coats, backpacks & muskets. We can do socks) Many thanks.
Linda Dowdall - Director
* From: "Gary O'Connor"
It looks that the Round World is even getting ahead of the Flat one, as these two BBC news items show:
UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger
Even the dwarfs haven't got bugs on the list of foods as the 'Diet of Bugs' has a different meaning, also rat meat and Chinese food safety
This month I've opened Turtle Recall at random pages and found a question from each page visited. Some are easy, some are quite hard. Well at least I think they are ...
The (hopefully correct) answers can be found at the end of this issue.
5. Review: The Long War
Reviewed by Jason Anthony
If you haven't read The Long Earth yet you may want to look away because its hard to review The Long War without including spoilers for The Long Earth.
The Long War is set a decade after Joshua and Sally return from their long adventure with Lobsang. In the preceding ten years the Black Corporation have given the technology behind the Mark Twain (Lobsang's ship) to the world and now 'twains' are a fairly common sight over the Long Earth.
Joshua feels his travelling days are over and has settled down with his wife Helen and his son Dan deep in the Long Earth. His life, however, is turned upside down when Sally visits and asks him to help with protecting the Long Earth trolls because they are being badly mistreated by humans.
Along with Joshua and Sally, we also get to see most of The Long Earth's characters again and its interesting to see how a decade in the Long Earth has affected each of them. It also introduces a whole raft of characters as well as two new sentient species - the beagles and the kobolds.
Once again, like its predecessor The Long War is a slow boil story. You get lots of disparate threads that slowly progress the story forward with no real obvious idea for the reader how they are going to resolve. Then suddenly something dramatic happens and the pace suddenly changes.
I really did enjoy the book but at the same time I feel that it seemed to take too long to go anywhere. I loved how the relationships between the characters both old and new developed through the story. When the tension did build it was gripping and at times there were some poignant moments.
If you enjoyed The Long Earth then you should definitely read The Long War. If you haven't read The Long Earth, read that first and see if you like it!
The Long War will be released on Thursday 20th June.
Amazon UK: discworldmonthly.co.uk/ISBN/0857520113
Amazon US: discworldmonthly.co.uk/USISBN/006206777X
6. Discworld Emporium Competition Result
Last month the Discworld Emporium offered one of their 'Discworld: a Cast of Thousands' posters. We asked you to complete three well known Discworld character names.
Bestiality ________, Burgholt Stuttley ________ and ________Teatime.
The answers we were looking for were: Bestiality Carter, Burgholt Stuttley Johnson and Jonathan Teatime.
The first name out of the hat was Stuart Bayley from Stoke-on-Trent. I'll get your details off to The Discworld Emporium and your prize will soon be on its way.
The poster can be previewed at the following link: discworldmonthly.co.uk/url/COM193A
We would like to thank Bernard, Isobel, Ian and Reb from The Discworld Emporium for the wonderful prize. www.discworldemporium.com
7. PJSM Prints - The Long War Competition
This month the wonderful people at PJSM prints have a stamped and signed UK proof copy of The Long War to give away. The UK proofs were really limited and signed ones are only available via PJSM prints.
In order to win the UK proof of The Long War you need to send the answers the following two simple questions along with your postal address to by 25th June 2013.
Competition Rules: Your postal address is required and will only be used if you are the randomly selected winner and only for sending out your prize - once the prize is sent out all address information will be destroyed. Entries received after the closing date or sent to any other address will be ignored. No more than one entry per person will be accepted. Answers to the questions must not be posted to any websites before the competition ends. The judges' decision is final.
For more information about PJSM prints visit: www.discworld.com/
8. News Update from the Discworld Convention 2014.
The Ankh-Morpork Grand Exhibition
Every two years, a large group of Discworld fans all gather in a place in the United Kingdom to celebrate the wonder of life on the Disc, its stories and characters, its joys and sorrows, its pin collections and its curiously shaped biscuits. The meetings of this merry band go by the name Discworld Convention.
In 2014 of our Roundworld calendar, the Discworld Convention will happen at the Palace Hotel in Manchester, UK, from the 8-11 August. While there they will be admiring the products of Ankh-Morpork's greatest industries* for it will be the Ankh-Morpork Grand Exhibition! We will be taking over the whole of the Palace Hotel for a long weekend of exciting events, meals, games, a costume competition, meals, both organised and disorganised entertainment, possibly a quiz or two, and some good meals.
Tickets for the Grand Exhibition went on sale at noon on the 6th May at dwcon.org, and very soon the entire world had joined the Convention. A slight exaggeration, but it certainly felt that way. For the committee, the day was filled with answering email, facebook and twitter messages, and nervously refreshing the membership list. As our hardworking team woke at the crack of lunchtime on the 7th of May, we were greeted with member number A500. We're exceptionally happy that so many people have joined and shown their support.
Since then things have relaxed slightly. There is still a steady stream of people joining, but it's down to less than ten a day. The Palace Hotel has all of its rooms booked, and we are steadily filling the rooms at the Holiday Inn across the street. There are still plenty of spaces left if you would like to join us!
Now that the rush is over, we are hard at work developing the programme. We'll be working on the old favourites and coming up with some new ideas. If you have a good idea for a programme item, please do let us know! Although if it's that one about the custard, this hotel doesn't have a swimming pool.
More information, including joining the Convention, is on dwcon.org and the best way to reach the organising committee is to email For less official witterings and things that do not need a guaranteed response, we are also on facebook and on Twitter as @dwcon
* At least, those industries suitable for public viewing.
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