WOSSNAME - August 2000
Newsletter of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
August 2000 (Volume 3 Issue 8)
WOSSNAME is a FREE publication for members of the Klatchian Foreign Legion
and also its affiliates, including the North American Discworld Society and
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other items available through their bulk purchases.
1. The Truth - Prices, dates and info
2. Amazon Releases Carpe Jugulum Paperback
4. Discworld: The Movie - Further Developments
5. Pterry's England Tour - The Truth
6. Discworld Reprints
7. Discworld Convention 2002
8. Discworld Actors
9. Pterry on the Learning Channel
10. Report on the Brum Meet
11. Pterry Signs Luggage
12. The Truth
14. 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
1) The Truth - Prices, dates and info.
Thanks to Karen Reid at Random House, here's the publishing blurb for Terry's
new book, "The Truth", due in stores in November, AU$43.85, US$24.00 (ISBN
The New Discworld Novel
William de Worde, editor of the Discworld's first newspaper, just wants to
get at the truth. Unfortunately, he has to cope with all the perils of a
journalist's life - people who want him dead, a vampire with a suicidal
fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a
different way, and, worst of all, the man who wants him to publish pictures
of his humorously shaped potatoes....
Also coming in November is The Fifth Elephant in paperback - AU$17.50
2) AMAZON RELEASES CARPE JUGULUM PAPERBACK
by Terry Pratchett
Amazon's Price: $5.59
-- You Save:$1.40 (20%)
Publication date: August 2000
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Subjects: Fiction; Fiction - Fantasy; Fantasy - Series
More Info: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0061020397/ref=s_e5
Allscifi.com wrote to us to inform us of their scifi/fantasy novel search
Here's some of the press release :
"Steven J. Gordon Esq." <Quick@...>
My organization, Allscifi.com (http://www.allscifi.com) is looking for Terry
Pratchett fans to help us promote his great books! If you join us, you can
have a lot of fun and you'll be listed as a "resident Terry Pratchett
scholar" on our site.
The Gordonator Precision Search Engine (GPSE) is a new method of categorizing
science fiction and fantasy novels. The GPSE, my own invention, categorizes
books by many different characteristics--how much humour, how much action,
how much romance, what kinds of subplots, etc. It allows people to search by
these characteristics to find exactly the kinds of books they're looking for.
Once we have enough of an author's books in our database, people looking for
his "kind" of stories will come up with his books in their search results.
You will help us promote his books!
What we need from you:
Go to http://www.allscifi.com/BookRStep1.asp
Fill our a survey or two about your favourite book. Each survey takes about
4-6 minutes to complete, there's almost no writing, all you do is click with
your mouse on menu choices. Once you complete a survey for your favourite
book, it gets added to our database almost immediately
Nothing to lose by trying:
Our service is 100% free to all, there's nothing to sign-up for, you can try
it out once, or as many times as you like, there's no catch. WE ARE NOT
SELLING ANYTHING. We just want people to read more books. Come and see!
<ED-It's true! They didn't even try to show me any advertisements.>
To see our parent site, Allscifi.com, come to:
To fill out a book review survey, come to
To see our revolutionary search engine in action, come to
If you have any questions, let me know,
<ED - I went and had a look at this and it seems pretty cool. You can make
your query as detailed as you like. I filled in some reasonably general
options, hit go and was most impressed to see the first book it offered me
was : The Light Fantastic, by some fellow named Pratchett. Out of the 20
books it offered me, I had read and enjoyed eight, including three DW novels.
I also found 2 by authors I know I like, and another two I've been meaning
to read for some time. It also gave me two by an author I can't stand, but
90% is pretty good. It's only as good as the information it's given, too.
If you do try it out, email us <editor@...> and we'll do a bit of a
review next month. - Jase>
4) DISCWORLD: The Movie - FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS
The saga continues.
Recent information and a visit to The Internet Movie Database [IMDB]
(http://us.imdb.com/search) found that the book Good Omens, written by Neil
Gaiman & Terry Pratchett is being made into a movie. A recent search of the
IMDB found the production of Good Omens being pushed back to 2002. The
production company is/will be Samuelson Productions the company behind "Guest
House Paradiso" staring Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson so what they'll do
with Good Omens is anyone's guess. But with a tentative date of 2002 not much
is happening but any news we get will be forwarded on.
5) PTERRY'S ENGLAND TOUR - THE TRUTH
Wednesday 8th November
12.30pm - Bookends, 67 High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AU
4.30pm - Borders, Unit 1&2, The Square, 4-21 Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth BH2
Thursday 9th November
12.30pm - James Thin, 20-23 The Sovereign Centre, Weston Super Mare,
Somerset BH23 1HL
4.30pm - Ottakars, 159 Commercial Street, Newport, Gwent NP20 1JQ
12.30pm - WH Smith, 192 High Street, Cheltenham, GL5 0 1EP
4.30pm - WH Smith , 4/5 High Street, Stratford-on-Avon, CV37 6AV
11.00am - Andromeda, 2-5 Suffolk Street, Birmingham B1 1LT
2.30pm - Ottakars, 3 Park Street, Walsall W51 1LX
12.30pm - James Thin, 7-8 High Street, Dundee,
4.30pm - Borders, 98 Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 3BA
12.30pm - Sweetens Bookstore, 86 Deansgate, Bolton, BL1 1BD
4.30pm - Books Etc, Unit 1 The Printworks, Withy Grove, Manchester M4 2AD
12.30pm - Ottakars, 6-7 Cooper's Square, Burton on Trent DE14 1SF
4.30pm - Ottakars, Unit LSU5, Midsummer Place, Milton Keynes
12.30pm - Forbidden Planet, 71 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DG
12.30pm - Heffers, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 3TY
7.00pm - University of East Anglia, talk as part of 'The Arthur Miller
Literary Festival' (supported by Waterstones University Bookshop)
12.30pm - Barratts Bookstore, 47 Market Square, St Neots PE19 2BA
4.30pm - Hammicks, 69 The Arndale Centre, Luton LU1 2TB
12.30pm - Waterstones, 203-205 Piccadilly, London W1V 9LE
4.30pm - Waterstones, 19 Earl Street, Maidstone ME19 1PL
12.00pm - Red Lion, 125 High Street, Colchester CO1 1SZ
6) DISCWORLD REPRINTS
We are republishing the "Discworld" backlist. As you know, the first three
(THE COLOR OF MAGIC, THE LIGHT FANTASTIC, EQUAL RITES) were released in
February of this year. MORT, SORCERY, and WYRD SISTERS will be out in
February 2001. PYRAMIDS and GUARDS! GUARDS are coming in August 2001.
(We do not have the rights to ERIC.) MOVING PICTURES, REAPER MAN, and
WITCHES ABROAD will be in the next batch. That takes care of the "Discworld"
books that have been o/p over here for a while now. We are also
systematically repackaging our "Discworld" backlist (starting with SMALL
GODS) to bring them into the new "Pratchett look" inaugurated with THE COLOR
7) DISCWORLD CONVENTION 2002
From the team that brought you The Discworld Convention 1996 and The
Discworld Convention 1998...
The year 2002 will see the 3rd Discworld Convention - "2002: A Discworld
Odyssey" - and it's going to be even better than our first two Conventions!
The following guests have accepted our invitation to attend (subject to
Bernard & Isobel Pearson
.. and other guests will be confirmed soon.
***What? A weekend of Discworldian fun for all fans of Terry Pratchett and
his work. The planned events are far too many to mention here, but will
include a Maskerade costume parade, guest interviews, workshops, quizzes,
amateur theatre and a formal dinner. The Discworld Conventions held in 1996
and 1998 were huge successes, and Paul A Rood and his team are going to make
this another weekend to remember.
***When? 16th - 19th August 2002.
***Where? The Hanover International Hotel, Hinckley, Leicestershire. This
modern four star hotel has excellent event facilities and luxurious
accommodation. Literally seconds from Junction 1 of the M69 and minutes from
the M6 and M1 for easy access - Birmingham International Airport is only a 20
minute drive, and Hinckley Station is just 1 mile away.
***Why? Because it is Fun. It's as much fun to organise a Discworld
Convention as it is to attend one. We know that the Conventions have made a
big impression on our attendees - up to and including meeting their future
Some comments from happy Convention-goers:
"The venue, events and people were wonderful..."
"DWCon '98 was groovy - keep it up!"
"The Convention was great, I really enjoyed myself... All the events I went
to were brilliant."
***How much? Membership fees will be set shortly, but as with the first two
Discworld Conventions, you will definitely be getting your money's worth.
Hotel room rates have yet to be set, but discussions with the Hanover suggest
that they will be very reasonable.
***What now? Visit our Web site at: http://www.dwcon.org/. There you will
find instructions on how to join a mailing list for those interested in the
Convention. Members of this list will find out Convention news as soon as it
happens - for instance, new guests as they are confirmed, membership and
hotel rates as they are set. Convention news and updates will also be posted
on our Web site, so bookmark it and don't miss out. If you would like to ask
us any questions, have an idea for a programme item, or would like to
volunteer to help, please email us at info@.... In order to secure a
membership form as soon as they are produced, please send a Stamped Addressed
Envelope to: The Discworld Convention 2002, 23 Medora Road, Romford, Essex
RM7 7EP, UK.
See you in 2002!
8) DISCWORLD ACTORS
I enjoy reading about people's views on which actors should play Discworld
characters in a potential movie. Often they are very insightful. But I have a
deeper interest in where the Discworld characters come from in the first
place. I figure it this way. Whereas some writers can spend three or four
pages setting up a joke, Terry Pratchett expects his characters to generate
three or four smiles a page from the moment they are introduced. So he uses
comic archetypes. This means that his characters often start out as
two-dimensional. But after a while, buffeted by the complexity of plot they
mature into complex creations. I think that it's a bit like the Comedia Dell
Arte. When travelling companies of comic actors went from village to village,
they needed to work with personas that their audience could immediately
understand. The jokes were, in sense, already set up. In a way, these comic
archetypes survived right through to 1950's UK. Indeed, before that,
Chaplin's little tramp was a direct descendent of Brigante. When Hugh Paddick
and Kenneth Williams said every week on radio - "It's bona to varda your eek,
Mr 'orne" they were actually speaking the English actors' descendent of the
dog Latin of the Comedia Dell Arte troups. I'm much the same age as Terry
Pratchett, so I think that I sometimes I can guess where he gets some or his
archetypes from. (I'd love to talk to him to ask how close my guesses are!).
Anyway here are some of them. I guess that most of you are too young to play
this game - but feel free to join in anyway. If you ever want to see Mustrum
Ridcully in the flesh, watch a video of "Doctor in the House" and observe Sir
Archibald Spratt on his rounds of St Swinthins's hospital - or indeed any
other role that James Robinson-Justice ever played - he was always Ridcully.
To the early sit-com the Army Game I suspect we owe :
- Corporal Nobby Nobbes = Alfie Bass as "Bootsie"
- Carrott = Bernard Bresslaw as "Popeye"
- Dibbler = Michael Medwin as "Jack Springer" or Harry Fowler in any part
he ever played - although maybe the true archetype is George Cole as "Flash
Harry" or maybe even Arthur English in his "stand-up" persona.
- Nannie Ogg I have down as Irene Handyl.
- The Patrician, for me, is Basil Rathbone- not in his best known role but
as Louis the Good in a film about Jean Valois (I think) nevertheless, from
time to time, if you listen carefully to Vetinarii, you can hear the
authentic voice of Sherlock Holmes.
- Swires seems easily identifiable as Mel Gibson in a cross between
Braveheart and Deathwish.
- Detritus is Arthur Mullard.
Two other great comic performances also come to mind. First, I will always
see Shawn Ogg as Ian Lavender in "Dad's Army". Secondly, I wonder who
remembers Arthur Howard - perhaps one of the lesser talents in that
illustrious acting family - in his role of the long suffering Pettigrew,
deputy headmaster to Professor Jimmy Edwards in "Wacko". He is my tip for
the origin of the Bursar. Perhaps Jimmy Edwards himself was an architype for
Finally, did anyone see Prince Charles in a Cambridge University review
chanting "When you're feeling sad and blue and you can't find romance - jump
into a dustbin and dance" ? Could this be the ernest King of Lancre?
I could go on but this is probably a game that I'm playing on my own.
9) PTERRY ON THE LEARNING CHANNEL
I was pleasantly surprised to see a big reference to PTerry on the
American cable channel TLC (The Learning Channel). They have been running a
series of shows from across the pond called "Junkyard Wars." The concept is
brilliant. A bunch of crazed people in a well-stocked junkyard are required
to construct amazing feats of engineering, which almost always turn out to be
hulking, greasy, metal monstrosities which may not be pretty, but they get
the job done. Such challenges as building a working cannon, a flying
machine, an amphibious assault vehicle and several others were met by teams
of amateurs, each with one 'expert' they had selected before the challenge to
One show in particular was interesting to Pratchett fans. The challenge
was a tug-of-war between improvised tractors, and one team christened their
machine "The Great A'Tuin," with the name proudly scrawled in bright orange
spray paint across the sides and back of their vehicle. Sadly, a freak
engine problem meant that the more-superior star turtle lost to the other
team's vehicle, but it was still wildly entertaining. I can't remember the
exact quote from the announcer on the show, but the explanation of the
Pratchett reference was delivered with a touch of scepticism that the
audience would have heard of him.
I just thought wossname members might be interested in hearing about this. I
am quite sure that the episode will be rerun again this summer. (Probably not
in fourecks :( - Jase)
10) REPORT OM THE BRUM MEET
Vampire from Brum meets with two Alaskan girls and a guy with no top!
The day started early with a 225 mile drive down to Plymouth docks with my
friend John doing the driving. Shortly before arriving I recieved a call on
my mobile from TSQ telling me where they were waiting. Then came a call from
Richard who had already arrived in Plymouth, so I told him where to meet TSQ
and Cathe and said that I'd be there shortly.
We arrived approximatly 10 minutes later and finally the Brum meet began.
Then Richard arrived in his MG midget with no roof, looking very cool. The
weather was particularly hot (for Britain), and there was a gentle breeze.
Richard kept saying it was bound to rain so I had to tell him to hush,
knowing the temperement of our weather, just saying the words 'dark clouds'
can bring on a rain storm. We drove down to a pleasant little place where we
sat outside and had a cuppa. We took some photo's, John took most, then a
kindly Scottish waitress took one of all five of us.
Then we went for a walk along the sea front, taking in the view. We walked
all the way up to Plymouth Hoe and the lighthouse. We stood there a while and
pondered why a large stone at the bottom had been laid by the Duke of York in
1882, and a date near the top of the lighthouse had claimed the building to
have been erected in 176*something*. My claims that the lighthouse had been
built from the top down where dismissed. We looked at some statues
commemorating victorious battles and then went
back to the cars. (Damn, two hour limit car parks!) We drove into town and
found a pub in which to have a meal. The landlord was a rather eccentric
English gentleman who pushed two tables together for the six of us. After
sitting down we pondered on who he could have possibly thought was the sixth
member of our groups, there were only five of us! (Maybe the Libwolf had
appeared in spirit form to him during an experiment in L-space.)
We ate and chatted about many things, including Pterry. When the conversation
turned to our hero John piped up to me "You didn't tell me that they were
Terry Pratchett fans!" After a sharp kick in the shins he said no more that
would land him in deep water. (N.B. John is not particularly a Pterry fan,
even after reading a couple of his books. I do consider this to
be a flaw in his personality, but otherwise he is quite a nice guy and maybe
one day...who knows!)
John recovered himself with a talk about internet games with Richard. After
the meal TSQ and Cathe brought out their gifts from Alaska. I was given an
Alaskan mug (and they didn't know I have a collection of mugs from around the
world) a cute polar bear figure and some Alaskan coffee. Richard was given
the coffee and the Golden Gate Bridge! We where all given a stick of Alaskan
Raindeer Jerky. After a quick trip to walk around a bookshop, (with no Pterry
books, shame on you Plymouth), we thought we had better go and look for
Richard whom we had lost on a roundabout. (A traffic one!) We said our
goodbyes at the docks at about 3.45p.m. I didn't want the girls to go, we had
had such a lovely time together. I hope that someday we will
be able to meet again, I'll be very sad if we don't.
Holly and Cathe, when you read this, I want you know that I love you both,
you are two wonderful people. Richard, not wanting to leave you out but not
having known as long as the girls, you are a really nice guy and I hope to
meet you again too. Oh, and I loved the shorts! I'm feeling quite emotional
PKO and Vampire.
11) PTERRY SIGNS LUGGAGE
I'm happy to report that Terry signed "The Luggage," my 1293 cc highly
modified Mini Cooper S, at Gateway 2000. I drove the wee beastie all the way
to Saint Louis and back to Tulsa, over an 800 mile journey, in 100+ degree f.
weather, without any problems.
The tattoo is my new one of the Mini logo on my left hand. I stayed with Mark
and Becky Andrews of the Mini Mailing List while in Saint Louis and Mark has
a wonderful Tattoo Studio there called "Iron Age."
BMW has acquired the Mini marque, is getting ready to foist off an ugly
eurobox of an abomination on the public and call it the "new Mini." As part
of this stupid project, they are suing all of the shops that have been
servicing Minis for decades and selling modifications and aftermarket parts
if they use the Mini name or logo. I had the tattoo done as a way to
celebrate the cars I love and send a signal to BMW to stuff their Nazi
tactics up where the sun don't shine.
The picture of the babe (Claudia Christian) is self-explanatory. ;)
I expect to see Terry again in September. I'll be in the UK from August 28
through October 5 and we usually manage to get together when I'm there.
Rocky Frisco, rock@...
12) THE TRUTH
Read it hot off the press - UK's premier fantasy writer reveals journo's
sordid life-style - what is this Truth we've heard rumours about? Dark tales
of inter-species co-operation - where and why, does 'Otto' wear a black
ribbon? Exactly which gender is Gunilla, the dwarf? What duties does
Sacharissa, the human female, perform for a dollar a day? Read how the
sinister figure behind the iconograph spends every working minute in a life
or death struggle for his art, all the while in the grip of the very worst
addiction - Discover the real story behind Ankh-Morpork's so-called
Patrician, why is it that foreigners and economic migrants are involved in a
plot with the city's low-life to subjugate our city government to rule by
the fat cats? Find out the facts behind Vetinari's favoured 'pet' - where
exactly is Wuffles hiding and who really knows? Discover the answers to all
this and more when you read The Truth, the twenty-fifth episode in the life
of Discworld - available exclusively to Pratchett fans in the autumn of
I hope you have taken the heavy tabloid-style hints, layed on with a trowel
(see para. above) because The Truth is concerned with journalism and it's
birth and development within the Gleam Street area of Ankh-Morpork. Fitting
into the 'stand alone' canon, the 25th and therefore silver anniversary
edition of Discworld, concerns the Watch but only in a cameo role, and
rather from the criminal's perspective. In similar fashion, Death pops in
just to take out a few characters, as does his little rodent side-kick.
Dwarves abound as do trolls and humans, in fact all Discworld life (or not)
is here. The leading characters, one at least, sure to become a favourite,
are mainly new to us and I guess that readers may find this refreshing.
Reviews of past books have tended to be slightly critical of the cycle of
Rincewind - Witches - Watch. This particular reviewer likes every Discworld
book - she enjoys Discworld, probably transparently! I did think that at the
First Convention in 1996, Terry was talking about a thread of this story to a
group of drunken fans, one of which was me. I have researched my facts in
true journalist style and checked this with others who were present at the
time, and some of them recall it as well, so it wasn't just my personal,
wine-soaked fantasy. Terry was talking about a newspaper development in A-M,
in quite a lot of detail and I was surprised that nothing appeared in
subsequent chronicles of Discworld. However, it's appeared now and it shows
that a successful author can develop just a thread into a fully'fleshed
story. In fact, William de Worde's entry in The Discworld Companion, both
first and second editions, ends with the interesting line, " ...it could well
be that the future holds great things for young de Worde..." Could Mr
Pratchett have based this character on his own career, one speculates?
In The Truth we read how William de Worde, develops from "professional
scribe" to news magnate. We who have become regular readers of Discworld
will have met William before and also mr Slant, the undead man of the law.
Along the way, William assembles a varied staff of helpers, For example,
distribution of The Ankh-Morpork Times throughout the city of Ankh-Morpork
appears to be along the lines of the Big Issue in the UK, in that the
homeless denizens are the part-time sellers of the newspaper. As usual, many
parallels to our own society can be spotted by the sharp-eyed reader.
One of our members recently wrote to us complaining that he could not find
any of the older Pratchett titles in his local bookstores. They told him
they were all "out of print."
I alerted him to Amazon and Amazon.uk, and the Science Fiction Book Club.
However, over the years we have received the names of bookstores specializing
in fantasy, which do carry the older titles. I was wondering if there are
any in your area. Please send me their names and addresses and we will
publish a combined list, by country.
Send the information to: Joe Schaumburger, at:
14) KLATCHIAN FOREIGN LEGION RESOURCES
Each month (well, usually), as well as WOSSNAME going out by e-mail, the
plain text of the newsletter is embellished with fantastic graphics and put
up on the Society Web site,
As well as the full text of WOSSNAME going out by e-mail, there is also sent
out a much shorter e-mail announcing that the new version of WOSSNAME is
available on the Web. So, if you'd prefer to receive this shorter
notification, rather than the whole text of WOSSNAME, just let us know!
The announcement list will also be used by other groups in the Klatchian
Foreign Legion, such as by the Bugarup University Students' Guild for
announcing BUNS (see above), so you may want to join that list anyway, even
if you still want to receive the whole text of WOSSNAME by e-mail. To
subscribe to the announcement list, just go to
or send an empty e-mail to
Also on the subject of the Legion, the Klatchian Foreign Legion Webring has
recently started. A Webring, in case you don't know, is a group of Web sites
that share a common interest or theme, and have links to one another such
that by following the link, you travel all the way "around the ring",
visiting each site in turn. In the case of the Legion's Webring, the sites
are those of groups like the North American Discworld Society, the Guild of
Fans and Disciples and the Bugarup University Students' Guild, as well as any
other Web site with an emphasis on regional Pratchett fandom, at anything
from the local level up to the continental level. To visit the Webring, or
to add your site to it, just visit
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