What Neil Gaiman has to say about Terry Pratchett

The 'about the authors' section in Good Omens, jointly authored by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, notes:

"Terry Pratchett gets up early in the mornings, Neil Gaiman early in the afternoons. [Good Omens] was created in the four or five hours every day when both of them were awake."

Today it was announced that Sir Terry had died aged 66, following a battle with Alzheimer's.

In a blog posted shortly afterwards, Gaiman wrote:

I woke up and my email was all condolences from friends, and requests for statements from journalists, and I knew it had happened. I'd been warned.

Thirty years and a month ago, a beginning author met a young journalist in a Chinese Restaurant, and the two men became friends, and they wrote a book, and they managed to stay friends despite everything. Last night, the author died.

There was nobody like him. I was fortunate to have written a book with him, when we were younger, which taught me so much.

This was the last thing I wrote about Terry. I knew his death was coming and it made it no easier:

I'll miss you, Terry.

I'm not up to writing anything yet. Maybe one day.

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