Seventeen unique takes on the theme of memory from authors spanning nine countries and four continents. Written in dear memory of Sir Terry Pratchett and with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research UK, these seventeen tales of magic (and the occasional automaton) will move you from giggles to tears and back again.
“This book is a fitting tribute to Terry Pratchett, a little man with a great big heart and an imagination that could not be constrained within the boundaries of our world. His work reached out to millions and will in the future reach out to millions more. Memory is everything and Terry will always be remembered.” – Robert Rankin
How it came to be
This anthology started as a rebellion against the act of mourning. Mourning is a lingering guest. It comes in uninvited and it immediately starts to unload its offerings of grief, denial, rage and guilt in all shapes and forms. In this particular case, it brought about a paralysing guilt caused by my own inability to internalise the beautiful lessons that Terry Pratchett taught us about death.
I resolved to channel my rebellion into writing. A short story by way of a tribute, perhaps one I would post on my website. And then it hit me—surely I was not the only one going through this. What if I used my modest publishing experience to build a platform for others to share their tributes? And what if, instead of monetising the idea (and thus effectively turning us into death merchants) we donated everything to a charity, one Terry Pratchett himself favoured?
So I reached out to Alzheimer’s Research UK, with what I was increasingly seeing as a far-fetched idea for a short story anthology on the theme of memory. Turns out, the nice folks there loved the concept and offered their full support. It was on.
I have to pause here and make it clear that, for all my impetus and determination, this anthology would have wilted and died had I not invited my friend Laura to take on the role of Chief Editor. Laura is a force of nature, possessed of an undeniable skill to make things happen. As luck would have it, she is also a very talented writer and a ferocious editor.
Our call for submissions went viral overnight. I want to express my gratitude to everyone who wrote to us. Reading hundreds of submissions was truly a humbling and heartening experience. Would-be participants included everything from professors and accountants to scientists and stay-at-home parents. Some were professional writers, while others were amateurs with a passion for Sir Terry’s work and a desire to give. As such, we made it a matter of principle to send personalised specific feedback to everyone. While this added a lot of time and sweat to the process, I daresay it was well worth it.
I hope you enjoy the result.