May 2000 Part 1
Newsletter of the North American Discworld Society
May 2000 (Volume 3 Issue 5)
WOSSNAME is a FREE publication for members of the Klatchian Foreign
and also its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society
other continental groups.
Are you a member? Yes, if you sent in your e-mail address.
Are there any dues? No. Dues are only required if you want to join the
Guild of Fans and Disciples and receive the discounts on books and
items available through their bulk purchases.
i) Editorial - What Makes a Discworld Fan?
1) Sending In Material
2) Back To The Beginning
3) Are We All Living On Discworld?
4) Interviews Abounding
5) All Important Book News
6) News From Colin Smythe
7) KFL - Spanish News
8) Bugarup University Newsletter for Students
9) [Meetings] Brighton - Roedean School
10) [Productions] Lords & Ladies At Chelmsford
11) Merchandise - Stuff from C.M.O.T. Briggs
12) [Advertisement] Phantasia Bookshop
13) Klatchian Foreign Legion Resources
Editor in Chief : Jason Parlevliet
Managing Editor : Nathan Clissold
Copy Chief : Dylan Williams
Senior Staff Writer : Andy Stout
Art Director : Rhett Pennell
World Membership Director : Becky Swaney
Copyright 2000 by North American Discworld Society
i) EDITORIAL - WHAT MAKES A DISCWORLD FAN?
A while ago on the Bugarup University Discussion list, someone posted
what makes a true Discworld fan. This was largely a list of things a
Discworld fan should own, but I felt that the financially challenged
also be allowed to consider themselves true fans, so here's my list:
What Makes a Discworld Fan?
- Have you read most of the Discworld books? (And petitioned your local
library for the ones you've missed)
- Is your collection missing several volumes which you have lent to
in an effort to pterryvangelise?
- Are your paperback copies dog-eared and grotty from being read dozens
times in strange and unsavoury locations (for example a teenage
- Would you rather wait for a paperback because then you can also afford
another copy of Wyrd Sisters because someone didn't give yours back?
- After you finish a DW novel, do you find it difficult to read books by
another author for several days?
- Have you ever fallen off a chair laughing at a DW novel?
- Have you ever been kicked out of bed (by a spouse/partner/one night
stand/cat/plush toy) for giggling so hard you shook the bed and woke
- Do you waste several precious hours each week reading newsletters and
other Discworld related email?
*If you answered yes to all the above good on you, you can proudly call
yourself a Pterrorist in good standing.
*If you answered yes to about half of the above you need to read more
Pterry. Not to worry Fifth Elephant is out in paperback in November (see
elsewhere in this issue for the news.)
*If you answered yes to none of the above questions, for shame. You need
read all the Discworld books you can to get back up to date, after you
Wossname of course :-)
1) SENDING IN MATERIAL
Despite any previous announcements, please send all correspondence and
material for WOSSNAME to:
Jason Parlevliet, editor-in-chief - jase@...
with a copy to:
Joe Schaumburger - JSCHAUM111@....
This will probably change once we work out what we're doing.
2) BACK TO THE BEGINNING
At long last, THE COLOUR[*] OF MAGIC and THE LIGHT FANTASTIC can be
the shelves of bookshops in the United States. HarperCollins (under its
Harper Paperbacks imprint) is printing the backlist of the Discworld
and it's started with the first three books (the third being EQUAL
which introduced Granny Weatherwax) at a special price of US$3.99.
I'm sure you all know the plots of these by now, so I'll summarise them
briefly here. THE COLOUR OF MAGIC introduced the Discworld, Rincewind
(anti-)wizard, TwoFlower the tourist and, of course, the Luggage. A
from overseas, TwoFlower hires Rincewind to show him around
and after setting the city on fire (literally) they head out to
magical temples, brave heroes, deadly dragons and, eventually, the Edge
the Discworld. In THE LIGHT FANTASTIC, the wizards of Unseen University
discover that Rincewind is the only person who can save the Discworld
the university's infighting rises to new heights as they try to bring
back to Ankh-Morpork (which has, by now, mostly been rebuilt). EQUAL
heads out to the Ramtops, where a dying wizard fails to ask a crucial
question and bequeaths his magical powers to a baby girl, and some years
later Granny Weatherwax finds herself battling the misogyny of Unseen
University to get the girl admitted as the Discworld's first female
As well as the actual stories themselves, each book contains a brief
introduction to the Discworld, with descriptions of a few of the more
regularly appearing characters, and some of the places we visit in the
books. There's even a crossword puzzle for those who want to test their
knowledge. Some of the information is a little out of date --- for
instance, the foreward printed in this edition of THE COLOUR OF MAGIC
written by Terry in 1989, and he makes the point (in a non-trivial
that is reproduced in the appended introductions) that there are no maps
the Discworld; eleven years have changed that, since there are now at
four maps of the Discworld, either entire or in parts. However, at
per book (compared with the more usual price of US$6.99 for a paperback
these days), they're a great deal, whether you're filling gaps in your
collection or looking for presents for friends with whom you want to
your literary addiction.
ANDREW C. MILLARD (California)
[*] I'm sorry, but I refuse to use the American spelling, even if it's
on the cover of the Harper Paperbacks edition. That's not what Terry
the book, and I trust you're all knowledgeable enough to know that
is just our weird English way of spelling "color".
3)ARE WE ALL LIVING ON DISCWORLD?
Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, Calif.,
have designed a tiny, web-shaped sensor that maps faint structures in
early universe, reinforcing theories that the cosmos is flat in its
The team's analysis of the size of the structures in the cosmic
background has produced the most precise measurements to date of the
geometry of space-time, which strongly indicate that the geometry of the
universe is flat, not curved.
For further reading go to :
JOE SCHAUMBURGER (Florida)
4) INTERVIEWS ABOUNDING
Our mailbox runneth over with links to Pratchett interviews available on
net. Thanks to Steven D'Aprano of Australia and Valerie Bongards from
Deutschland (That's Germany, for you non-cosmopolitan types)
- Writers Write <www.writerswrite.com> have an interview from April this
- This link cam via Colin Smythe from Alain Nevant
- SF Site <www.sfsite.com> also featured Pterry in April:
That's right. No evolution, no religion, no cats or surveys or Vietnam
or bread and jam. Just some daft bugger in a hat who can throw a few
together and call it a sentence.
Part 1 - http://www.sfsite.com/04b/tp79.htm
Part 2 - http://www.sfsite.com/05a/tp80.htm
- And finally Locus Online <www.locusmag.com> have this from their
edition, including a rare and exciting picture of Mr. Pratchett sans
5) ALL IMPORTANT BOOK NEWS
OK the important news on the book front for our transatlantic contingent
that from this point on the DW novels will be released at the same time
both sides of the pond. So the publishing schedule looks something like
*** June 2000 The Science of the Discworld (UK paperback)
*** August 2001 The Fools Guild Diary( UK hardcover) & The 2001 Calendar
*** November 2000 The Truth (UK & US Hardcover), The 5th Elephant (UK
*** May 2001 The Thief of Time (UK & US Hardcover)
Things get a little vague from this point - I assume there will be a
I don't know about any other spin-offs (maps, cookbooks etc)
*** For Christmas 2001 we can apparently expect The Last Hero (an
illustrated novel),The Marvelous Maurice & his educated rodents (a
children's DW book inspired by a throwaway remark in Reaper Man
one of the very rare occasions when someone got one over on the
I wonder how long The Marvelous Maurice lived to regret it....); my
comment about US publication does not apply to this cos apparently
has "issues" with the US children's publishers)
At some future point there may be a follow-up to The Science of
which has been nominated for a Hugo (SF fandom's premiere award -to vote
it you have to be an attending or supporting member of the year's
which is in Chicago this year. Anyone here eligible?) but I suspect
have to settle for it being won by another erstwhile co-author of
Neil Gaiman whose Sandman book is up for the same award.
6) NEWS FROM COLIN SMYTHE
*** Very advance notice - information from Tina Hannan.
Carpe Jugulum will be performed at the Questors Theatre, Ealing, 4-7
*** Alain Nevant told me about this interview on Amazon.com, at this
POST-FANTASY FANTASY: AN INTERVIEW WITH TERRY PRATCHETT
Whether you're already a die-hard Discworld fan or just discovering
Ankh-Morpork in "The Fifth Elephant," you know that the mind of Terry
Pratchett is a very funny place. We chatted with Pratchett about dark
Tolkien, and condom factories. Read our interview with Terry Pratchett
*** A recent auctioneer on eBay described The Dark Side of the Sun as
among its characters 'a sentient pet snail'. I often wonder what book
people have been reading - or what substance they have been taking while
*** Dave Langford's comedy classic 'The Leaky Establishment' first
in 1984 is going to be republished, by a new company, Big Engine, with a
introduction by Terry. Their address is P.O. Box 185, Abingdon OX14 1GR,
phone 01235 204011. fax 01235 204012, website www.bigengine.co.uk.
COLIN SMYTHE (England)
7) KFL - SPANISH NEWS
The Spanish language group is set to a force of about 50 members. (I
it'll improve after this...), AND the issue n. 0 of "El Puercoespin"
Hedgehog) is already out there! Please find it attached to this message.
course, it's written in Spanish, but anyway I thought you should have
I was wondering if you could put a note in Wossname saying that anyone
wishes to join simply has to write a blank email to
Subscription is also supported in the KFL-Spanish page:
http://mundodisco.dreamers.com/kfl.htm where back issues (all right...
number 0 issue) can be read online. Please read (if you can read
the latest editorial for this fine e-zine:
Buenas noches y bienvenidos al n úmero 0 de EL PUERCOESP ÍN. En teor ía, en
editoriales se pretende dar una idea sobre lo que se quiere hacer con la
publicaci ón de turno. Pero, despu és de pensarlo un poco, hemos llegado a
conclusi ón de que con esta publicaci ón no se pretende nada. La secci ón
noticias puede manteneros algo m ás informados de c ómo va todo lo que
la obra de Pratchett en el mundo; la secci ón de cartas (cuando empiece a
tener cartas) puede permitir que os ri áis, discut áis o ignor éis lo que
lectores tienen que decir sobre cualquier cosa que se les ocurra. Los
art ículos y dem ás pueden ser interesantes o no. Pero pretender, lo que
En fin. Mejor vamos empezando. Antes que nada, felicidades atrasadas a
Pratchett por su cumplea ños el 28 de abril.
A estas alturas, suponemos que muchos de vosotros os hab éis apuntado a
circo a partir de lo que aparece en "La Concha de Gran A'Tuin"
(http://mundodisco.dreamers.com). Algunos han escrito protestando porque
intentaban enviar mensajes al grupo y no llegaban. Normal. El grupo
"Mundodisco" de eGroups.com (http://www.egroups.com) est á montado de tal
manera que s ólo el coordinador puede enviar mensajes al grupo. Se hizo
desde el principio para que sirviera de veh ículo para esta newsletter.
alguien quiere empezar un grupo de otro estilo (en el que todo mensaje
llegue a todo el mundo), que avise cuando lo haga y se anunciar á aqu í.
Y no podemos empezar sin antes enviar un saludo a nuestros hermanos
Discworld Monthly, Wossname y BUNS, todos ellos escritos en ingl és.
¡Ya somos cuatro!
Finalmente, una petici ón de ayuda. Un poco m ás abajo pod éis ver a los
responsables de esta cosa que ten éis en el buz ón electr ónico. De
estamos planeando echar a la calle a los dos últimos tipos que aparecen
por vagos, siempre que se les pueda sustituir (lo cual no es muy
El Editor, adem ás, es un macarra de mucho cuidado y no nos fiamos nada
que sea capaz de mantener una periodicidad estable. As í que, en un
dado, se le echa a la calle tambi én. Quien est é interesado en los
vacantes, que lo diga.
MANUEL VICIANO DELIBANO
8) BUGARUP UNIVERSITY NEWSLETTER FOR STUDENTS
Hi there to all members of the KFL!
This is the Dean of Bugarup University down here in XXXX just advising
that the BUNS (Bugarup University Newsletter for Students) May edition
now available on-line at
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Village/4108/index.html Just follow the
to the BUNS.
NATHAN CLISSOLD (Australia)
9) [MEETING] BRIGHTON - ROEDEAN SCHOOL
This is a little early, I know, but I've just got information...
On the evening of the 22nd September 2000 (the day before Roman Day in
Lewes), Terry Pratchett will be giving a talk to students at Roedean
Brighton. (It is open to all interested parties AFAIAA, but aimed at
students of literature and classical civilisation/Latin/Greek).
Pterry *never* talks to students, but he is making an exception for
The talk is anticipated to be about the influences of classical (Roman
Greek) literature on his works. (Mainly - after all, he is Pterry...) He
not being paid a fee, but there will be an entry charge of about 2 or 3
to be donated to the Orangutan Foundation, as is his wish.
Further details when I get them, but I just thought any afpers in the
(there are some of you hiding, I'm determined) might like to know now.
10) [PRODUCTION] LORDS & LADIES AT CHELMSFORD
The Chelmsford Theatre Workshop will be presenting "Lords and Ladies"
16th to 20th and 23rd to 27th May at the Old Court Theatre, Springfield
Road, Chelmsford (opposite the prison (!)).
Tickets are now available from the box office on 01245 606505, priced
(5ukp concessions). The box office is open 10am - 6pm Monday to
I've been to several Discworld productions by the CTW in the past, and
heartily recommend them - get your tickets soon!
Cultural Attache to Essex (what a job)
11) I MET TERRY
by Rob McColley
I met the man himself in Chicago, thanks to the
WOSSNAME tip on booksignings. The Stars Our
Destination bookstore could have held more people, I
suppose. But the 153 (the last count I heard) or more
fans that had lined up would not have been terribly
comfortable. It was sardinish enough.
Pterry was on the phone behind the counter when i
popped in, an hour early, to get my line ticket (#83).
It wasn't that he looked precisely like the man in
the liner note pictures. It was the sing-song British
accent that gave him away. I'd heard his voice once
before, when I was an intern at NPR and pulled out a
tape of the interview he and Neil Gaiman gave for Good
Omens. (You can still buy a tape or transcript if you
like. I forget the NPR tape and transcripts phone
number, but 202-555-1212 should do the trick.)
I am a Terry Pratchett geek, a Python geek, a Douglas
Adams geek, and a Tom Sharpe geek. Succinctly, I am
a clever British humor geek. I am not a science
fiction or fantasy geek. Therefore, being in a
science fiction and fantasy oriented (or should I say
orientated in keeping with the Anglophilia?) bookshop
is not terribly interesting for me. Otherwise, I
might have occupied my waiting time by leafing through
books of other favorite authors. But my only
entertainment came from obsefving my fellow
travellers, the other Pratchett geeks.
I noticed that many of them were run-of-the-mill
science fiction and fantasy geeks, and they knew a lot
about other authors, their books, new role-playing
games, figurines, and whatever else was on display in
the store. It made me wonder how many WOSSNAME
members (and Pratchett geeks who have not yet
discovered WOSSNAME) are like me. Or better put, what
fraction of Pratchett geeks give a hoot about other
sci-fi and fantasy, what fraction only likes the
humorous kind versus the straight stuff, what fraction
just likes clever British humor, and what fraction has
no common interest with any of these categories, but
simply likes Terry Pratchett a whole lot?
I'd be interested in hearing from WOSSNAME members,
or even better, having WOSSNAME publish an informal
poll along these lines. 
When I finally got to the table (after about an hour
wait) I presented two CD's by my band (laurie
mccolley) to Pterry, saying "I've bought over 20 books
of yours, but you can have these for free." And then
I asked to borrow his pen so I could sign one for him.
I thought it would be just cocky and weird enough to
provide some comic relief to what otherwise must be a
mundane chore -- having the same 30 second
conversation over and over again with 153 people in
two hours. I'm so thoughtful.
Terry looked at the back cover of our last album
("gypped by gyne") and remarked "box of wormgears?"
which is the title of track one. I panicked
(ironically) because I thought he'd recognized the
reference (Marvin, in the swamps of Squornshellous
Zeta, tells Zem the mattress "ah but my life is
nothing but a box of wormgears.") and I felt slightly
guilty for not having a corresponding Pratchett
reference. I admitted the origin. (The song, by the
way, has nothing to do with the book or its
"Nice young chap, I thought," said Terry. "I always
wondered what happened to him."
Touche! Notch one for Pratchett.
I wish I could have hung around until everyone had
been processed, in hopes that Terry might join the
stragglers in a nearby mended drum. But I live in
Champaign-Urbana, 135 miles south of The Stars Our
Destination, so I had to hit the road. Perhaps at the
St. Louis convention. Is that still on?
 As you all found out, The Egroups site allows us to run polls.
This month, log in to the Wossname section at
http://www.egroups.com/groups/wossname, follow the link to 'polls',
and tell us what else fulfills your reading desires. Apologies to
all those who already emailed and pointed out genres we'd missed.
We'll mention these along with the results next month.