Written by Julie Vegas on Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Discworld author Terry Pratchett has announced that he is handing the series over to his daughter Rhianna.

Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2007 and since then, his health has deteriorated markedly.

“I can no longer type, so I use TalkingPoint and Dragon Dictate,” Pratchett says. “It’s a speech-to-text program and there’s an add-on for talking which some guys came up with.”

He actually prefers it to using his hands to write.

“Think about it! We are monkeys,” says Pratchett. “We talk. We like talking. We are not born to go… [he makes typing motions].”

As for the future of the series, Rhianna is already an accomplished writer. She will be a co-writer on the BBC Discworld series The Watch.

For more on this story, please read the full article in the New Statesman.

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