Terry worked as a journalist, among other jobs, until he turned to writing full time in 1987. He published the first of his Discworld series in 1983, The Color Of Magic. As far as contemporary English-language satirists go, Terry is one of the most highly regarded, and has won several awards, including being knighted in 2009, and has had bestowed no less than four honorary doctorates from UK Universities.
In March 2015, Sir Terry Pratchett died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He has left behind him a legacy of over 70 novels and a worldwide cult following.