Steamroller Crushes Terry Pratchett’s Incomplete Novels

A steamroller has destroyed the hard drive containing Terry Pratchett’s incomplete novels, as instructed by the late author prior to his passing.


According to the Guardian, Pratchett’s hard drive containing up to 10 novels was crushed with a vintage John Fowler & Co steamroller named Lord Jericho at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.


Sir Terence David John Pratchett, famous for his fantasy novels and comical works, died in March 2015 due to Alzheimer’s disease. He was best known for his Discworld series of 41 novels, the last of which was published in August 2015, five months after his death.


Many public figures and well-known authors paid tribute to his death, including former British prime minister David Cameron, Margaret Atwood, Rick Riordan, George R.R. Martin, and Neil Gaiman. As Pratchett’s close friend, Gaiman informed the Times that Pratchett had wanted “whatever he was working on at the time of his death to be taken out along with his computers, to be put in the middle of a road and for a steamroller to steamroll over them all”.


Rob Wilkins, who has been managing Pratchett’s affairs, took to Twitter last Friday to inform the community that he was “about to fulfill my obligation to Terry.”



After Lord Jericho rolled over the hard drive several times, Wilkins posted another photo to demonstrate progress.



As challenging as it was to obliterate all traces of Pratchett’s creativity, Wilkins complied and made sure absolutely no one would be able to complete and publish his novels. After the hard drive successfully endured the crushing weight of the steamroller, a stone crusher was used to ensure total destruction.


Richard Henry, curator of Salisbury Museum, said to BBC, “The steamroller totally annihilated the stone blocks underneath but the hard drive survived better than expected so we put it in a stone crusher afterwards which I think probably finally did it in”.


The shattered pieces of Pratchett’s hard drive will be on display at the Salisbury Museum exhibition Terry Pratchett: HisWorld from September 16 to January 13, 2018.


Feature image courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter and Twitter