I discovered Terry Pratchett as a kid when my mum got me my first Discworld novel, and I have been a fan ever since. The Discworld was like the world of The Lord of the Rings, except fun! Pratchett’s world is just as whole and intriguing as the worlds of all the big-name fantasy authors, but it’s fun. He’s like George R.R. Martin, but with a sense of humour… Oh and a prolific ability to produce, produce, produce!
When Sir Terry died in 2015, I was devastated, not only because I thought I had come to know the man through this work, but because it meant that there would never be another Discworld novel – at least not by the original author.
But Pratchett has written so much more than just the Discworld, and if you haven’t already discovered his other works there is still plenty to explore. So, here is every non-Discworld novel written by Sir Terry Pratchett.
The Dark Side of the Sun (1976)
This story is set in a galaxy occupied by 52 sentient species, but where life evolved over only the last five million years. Their world is scattered by the artefacts of a previous race that occupied the world before, but they are cryptic and very little away. They call them the Jokers. One young man thinks that he might be able to solve the mystery, and save himself in the process.
Strata is set on a world created by the Company, a business that terraforms planets and seeds them with human life. The Company like to give their planets history, and place artefacts in the strata of the planet for the inhabitants to find. Some jokers like to put things there just to throw people off. What happens when an unexpected group of misfits discovers the truth?
The Gnome Trilogy (1988-1990)
The three novels in this trilogy, Truckers, Diggers and Wings tell the story of a race of little people from another world that live secretly among humans. We join them as they struggle to make their way in this strange world and learn about their own history through a strange artefact called “The Thing”.
The Unadulterated Cat (1989)
In this book, Pratchett delves into the real lives of cats. Not the Fizzy Keg Cats that we see on TV food advertisements that are well behaved and bland but the kinds of cats that are out to make mischief!
Good Omens (1990)
Written in collaboration with Neil Gaiman, everything begins with the birth of the son of Satan, and the inevitable coming of the end of days. But the Angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley decide that the like the world just the way it is, and set out to save it. Moreover, a switch at birth means that the boy everyone thinks is the Antichrist is just a normal kid, and the son of Satan is out there somewhere…
The Carpet People (1992)
This novel was actually first written in 1971, but then significantly rewritten, reworked and republished. It was clearly a precursor to the Discworld, parodying everyday objects to create something both fascinating and hilarious. In the story, tradition competes with innovation. The two sides must find a way to work together to save the world.
The Johnny Maxwell Trilogy (1992-1996)
In these three books we meet Johnny Maxwell, a young boy from a troubled home. Johnny sees things that other people don’t alien, ghosts and a time travelling bag lady. Is he seeing these things because they are really there, and his troubles mean that he no longer has the ability to filter them out? Or are his troubles playing tricks on his mind?
Set in a world very much like our own, a British crew find themselves stranded on an island in the middle of the sea following a mutiny. There they come into contact with a native people called the Nation. The two groups must fight to understand each other, and the crew must also find their way home in good time to be able to save their own world as well.
Inspired by the Dickens character, Dodger is a street urchin who knows the dangerous sewers of London like the back of his hand He unexpectedly gets caught up in the mystery of two gentleman, and a young woman called Simplicity. Things soon escalate and he finds himself playing a role in international intrigue, but all using his unique skills from the streets.
The Long Earth Series (2012-2016)
Pratchett wrote this series of five books with Stephen Baxter. It is set in a world in which people have learned to pass into parallel universes, each slightly different from the one they left behind. Being humans what happens? The neighbouring worlds and explored, colonized and exploited, and men fight each other for control. Oh, and at the centre of the story, a sophisticated Artificial Intelligence that claims to be the reincarnation of a Tibetan motorcycle mechanic.
A Blink on the Screen (2012)
This anthology is collection of pretty much all the short stories that Pratchett had writer up to this date, both from the Discworld and beyond.
A Slip of the Keyboard (2014)
Complementing the previous publication, this is a collection of all the non-fiction work that Pratchett has written over the years, among other things sharing his thought and work process.
Dragons at Crumbling Castle (2014)
Set in the time if Arthurian legend, Dragons invade Crumbling Castle, but Arthur and all his nights are away on holiday. Luckily the young boy Ralph is willing to don an old suit of armour and solve the problem, with the help of the wizard Fossdiddle. But the dragons are not everything that they expected. This is the first of several short stories about Dragons.
The Witch’s Vacuum Cleaner (2016)
In the Discworld Pratchett shows his incredible understanding of the true power of witches, here he takes those ideas into other worlds with fourteen short stories. Somehow, all the mayhem always seems to start with a witch’s vacuum cleaner.
Father Christmas’ Fake Beard (2017)
Pratchett’s take on many beloved Christmas traditions, Christmas will never be the same again once Pratchett gets his hands on it.
Pratchett has also published a number of short stories, and there are some unfinished works out there in the hands of his estate that we might see released before too long.