Patrick Rothfuss’s moving tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett


Death. Art by Mike Dringenberg and Malcolm Jones III. From Sandman #8 “The Sound of Her Wings”.

After slogging through the litany of accusations, recriminations and gloating about the Hugo nominations, here is something (hopefully) less controversial.

For the past few weeks has hosted the “Woman Warriors Cage Match”, pairing popular characters from sci-fi and fantasy in a popularity contest, like Alice from The Magicians or Mustang from Red RisingEach battle had a little story written for it, and voters picked the winners.

The final battle has come down, between Death, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, and Felurian, from Patrick Rothfuss’s The Wise Man’s Fear,  who defeated Susan Sto-Helit from Terry Pratchett’s “Discworld” series in the Final Four.


Felurian – Art by Craig Paton. From

But Rothfuss was having none of Susan’s defeat. He has written an alternative narrative of the Felurian and Susan “battle”, and wrote the finale between Death and Felurian.

But Rothfuss gave fantasy fans a little twist and turned the finale into a moving tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett.

Head over to Suvudu and cast your vote, and if you are so moved, give a nod to the late Sir Terry as well.

Perhaps all our rival factions in Sci-Fi/Fantasy can join together to honor a fallen master.

MIchelle Dockery as Death's granddaughter, Susan Sto-Helit, in Terry Pratchett's

MIchelle Dockery as Death’s granddaughter, Susan Sto-Helit, in Terry Pratchett’s “Hogfather.”

About Michael Senft

I am a freelance writer and critic from Phoenix Arizona. I spent 10 years covering music, the arts and pop culture for the “Arizona Republic” before life circumstances took me away from newspaper. But I never lost my joy at writing. Or reading.
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