I guess that everyone knows by now that author Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed as having a rare form of Altzheimer’s disease, and it was widely reported in recent weeks that he has donated a million dollars for Altzheimer’s research. Less widely reported, I think, was Pratchett’s quote, ‘Personally, I’d eat the arse out of a dead mole if it offered a fighting chance.’
Arising from a suggestion by Pat Cadigan, fans have begun a ‘Match it for Pratchett’ campaign, with the idea that half a million fans donating a £1 could equal Prachett’s donation to research. I’m happy to support that idea, with both a mention here and – of course – a small donation of my own. Donations are being accepted by PayPal, so it’s quick and easy.
Full details of Match it for Prachett can be found here.
Thanks to Dave Langford’s Ansible, where I first heard about this campaign, and from where I stole the Pratchett quote…
Terry Pratchett is quoted as saying that Harry Harrison’s Bill, the Galactic Hero is ‘The funniest science fiction novel ever written,’ and is therefore a man whose judgement cannot be faulted! 🙂