Terrific news -- the BBC reports that author Terry Pratchett, whose novels have sold millions of copies worldwide, has been created a knight in the New Year Honours list, for services to literature.
As previously reported, Sir Terry received the terrible news earlier this year that his erratic memory has been diagnosed as a symptom of Altzheimer's disease. He has since campaigned vigorously to raise public awareness of the condition.
He is known throughout the world for the 36-volume Discworld series, which has been translated into thirty-three languages. The first, The Colour of Magic (1983) appeared as a truly colorful television film last year, and was enjoyed by an audience of thousands down here in New Zealand, where we know what to look for, New Zealand being the home of special effects.