"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, Author
"Every story in this collection is exquisite, they stand alone as remarkable stories, all with something to say. They range from calm philosophical tales, to amusing science fiction, and quirky tales that you can't help but laugh at."
—Shen Hart, The Editing Hart
"These stories, like a good memory, are not to be devoured in one setting lest they overwhelm you... In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett, is an anthology where each story begs to be savoured, lingering after its end."
—Patricia P, Goodreads Reviewer
"consistently amusing, with occasional touches of utterly hilarious brilliance. For readers who enjoy their spec fic with a dose of laughter, this is a must read."
—Ira Nayman, Amazing Stories
"Loved all the stories in this book! Recommended for every Terry Pratchett fan and for everyone who is not a Terry Pratchett fan too."
—Joke Adam, Goodreads Reviewer
"a collection of exquisite stories, written in such a way that each of them drags you inside it and then builds its own room in your mind. And at the end of reading the book you find yourself to be the owner of a palace of marvelous spaces which you feel compelled to haunt over and over again..."
—Lilly Negoi, Goodreads Reviewer
In Memory: A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett contains seventeen unique takes on the theme of Memory that will move you from giggles to tears and back again. Brought to you by authors spanning nine countries and four continents, the book is in dear memory of Sir Terry Pratchett. All proceeds go to Alzheimer’s Research UK. The book was released on 31 October 2015.
The anthology consists of short stories, all in the sci-fi or fantasy genre. And oh, did we mention? They're hilarious. We hand-picked authors from all over the world (luckily not literally, or there might have been all kinds of awkward complaints), who are going to make you laugh and cry. Sometimes at the same time. In fact, we're pretty much guaranteeing it. Thank you for supporting such a worthwhile charity with your purchase. We
hope know you'll enjoy it!
Funds Raised for Alzheimer's Research
Table of Contents
The Heart of the Labyrinth
In the heart of the Labyrinth of Varissen, there dwells a beast known only as the Devourer. However, the Devourer is sick of eating adventurers, and he suspects that once, long ago, he bore another name. So when a young woman arrives, declaring that she’s here to rescue him, the Devourer persuades her to join him on a search for his forgotten past.
DorisSorin Suciu An IT guy walks into a bar and... well, that's where things get complicated. He certainly isn't expecting to lead a quest through ancestral memories and peanut fights. Who is his mysterious companion? What are they looking for? And most importantly, how did they make this beer so hoppy?!
The VividariumSteven McKinnon Somewhere in the infinite expanse of time and space, a cosmic device that allows users to glean data from people’s memories causes a game of one-upmanship between two gods. Being omnipotent isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Ackerley's Genuine Earth AntiquesMichael K. Schaefer If you think that your toaster, toothbrush, and umbrella are nothing special—think again. In a distant future, artefacts from ‘Old Earth’ are popular—if not always entirely understood—collectibles. But when antiques dealer Rupert acquires a Memory Reader, a machine that allows you to read stored memories from the last people having actually lived on Earth, he gets more than he bargained for…
Bubble TroubleCharlotte Slocombe Everyday is the same for our heroine in her job as an IT consultant, until Zach, the gorgeous God of Memory, arrives at her door requesting her help. Emma is thrown into a world of bubbles, unhelpful helpers, and the feeling that it is all somehow too familiar...
The Shells of LetheLaura May A little boy finds a seashell. He raises it to his ear to listen the sea, and loses all of his memories. What magic is this? How does it work? And what will the townsfolk of Taomina do with it? Either way, they probably weren't expecting this to happen...
MemoryarianScott A. Butler A shortlander accidentally finds himself in the company of the Memoryarian, an immortal, magical, and bafflingly tall being with a penchant for ducks. Will the shortlander—who is by no coincidence rather short—earn the trust of the Memoryarian? Will he avoid being vaporised? Will he accomplish his quest to change fate? And why is his hair so shiny?
The Wondrous Land of NibLyn Godfrey Our hero comes to at the top of a towering pile of junk, with no memory of who he is, where he is, or how he got there. Luckily, he he has a host of friends to try and help him remember, from a small doll-like girl to a farmer with memory problems all his own. But time is running out...
The Chicken GospelPhil Elstob The donkeys of the Used Mule Emporium wake one morning to find that their lord and master, Old Cuthbert, is MIA. Luckily, a helpful chicken is on-hand to assist—well, if they can ever stop arguing over how Cuthbert got his scar. Whose memory is correct? One thing's for sure, at least: Old Cuth is the hero of the land. Wherever he is.
The Olivie Crowne AffairChoong Jay Vee Olivie Crowne wanted to upgrade her computer memory and gave it murderous bloodlust instead. Now the Found Memories Bureau has to correct their mistake and save the day. How embarrassing.
If Only I'd KnownSimon Evans What happens if you travel to the future and can’t remember what happened? JoBeth, Margaret and Prue built a time machine that didn’t work. Or did it?
StrangersRobert McKelvey When Charles Alexander Rigby awakens to find himself lying in a filthy Low London alleyway with a splitting headache, no shoes and no recollection of the previous evening, he wants nothing more than to go home and put whatever happened the night before behind him. Unfortunately, things are rarely so simple.
There's a Tattoo, But the Robes Hide ItMike Reeves-McMillan The Dread Lord's consort is desperate to leave him. But is she desperate enough to make a deal with Enkeli the trickster god? And what fishhooks are hidden within the contract he offers her?
Thanks for the Memory Cards
If you had the technology to record and re-watch memories, what would you use it for? Probably not buying garden furniture and building ponds—then again, you're not Johnny. Johnny is very proud of his pond, and his koi carp, and his carefully organised box of memories. But what will happen when Johnny discovers that his garden is the site of a crime most foul? Will he be able to solve it? And who would do such a thing in the first place?
How Fell the Towers Three
Lawrence is a bard. His skill and melodies are unquestionably brilliant—but the same doesn't necessarily go for the accuracy of his verses. What happened to the fourth tower? Will Crayley get his way? And why is the number 'three' so special, anyway?
The Archive of Lost MemoriesAnna Mattaar When you forget something, where does it go? One moment Robert is minding his psychology exam; the next, the answer is all around him—literally. Now he just has to find the answer to question 12B. On his search, he not only discovers many a lost memory, but also that helping old ladies is not always the wisest thing to do.
The Tale of the Storyteller
In a world of magic, the magic is becoming erratic, leaving and returning at random. Drawn by the pull of the leaving magic, which only he can feel, a young boy begins to search for the source of magic: the legendary storyteller, who brought the magic into the world with his tales. But is the boy prepared for what he will find?