Terry Pratchett, the creator of the Discworld series of books has sadly past away. He had been suffering from Alzheimer's, a degenetive brain disorder. Although famous for the Discworld novels, he wrote other science fictions stories and recently wrote a number of books with Stephen Baxter entitled The Long Earth, The Long War, The Long Mars with two books in the pipeline. The books will be carried on by Stephen Baxter as the contract for the books was for five books in the series.
In the Discworld series of books, he had a character called DEATH whose name was always in capitals and who spoke in CAPITALS without quotes marking the start or end of a sentance. Some of the tributes on line reference that character and not done in malice.
A number of his book creations have been turned into television productions such as "The Colour of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic" starring "Only Fools and Horses" actor, David Jason as the bumbling wizard Rincewind. Unlike the Harry Potter stories, there was no one character that appeared in every Discworld novel. The stories are shorter than "Lord of the Rings" and a lot easier to read.