A steamroller plowed through the unfinished books of fantasy novelist Sir Terry Pratchett, just as the late author had requested.
Terry Pratchett’s unfinished work, saved on his computer’s hard drive, was crushed by a vintage John Fowler & Co. steamroller.
“(Pratchett wanted) whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all,” his friend and fellow author Neil Gaiman told the U.K. Times.
A tweet from Pratchett’s official account was posted on Friday by Rob Wilkins, who manages the deceased writer’s estate. “About to fulfill my obligation to Terry,” the tweet read, along with a picture of his computer’s hard drive.
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A second tweet, published about 35 minutes later, showed the computer piece destroyed. “There goes the browsing history…Many thanks to @steamfair. Soon to be on display at @SalisburyMuseum in September.”
The exhibit, titled “Terry Pratchett: HisWorld,” will include the smashed hard drive as part of “a privileged insight into the man who created some of literature’s most enduringly popular fantasy worlds and characters,” according to the display’s website.
The author’s work, over 40 paintings and drawings by Paul Kidby — the designer of Pratchett’s “Discworld” book jackets and illustrator of his other graphic titles — and some of Pratchett’s most prized possessions will be on display.
Pratchett died in March 2015 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was first diagnosed in 2007. The author penned over 70 novels during his career — two of them were publish posthumously — and became an advocate for assisted suicide near the end of his life.
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The Salisbury Museum exhibit on Pratchett’s life and work will run from Sept. 16 until Jan. 13, 2018.
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