Terry Pratchett

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Terry Pratchett

16 Quotations from Terry Pratchett

adamantium n. 2012 S. Baxter & T. Pratchett Long Earth xlviii. 321 The ultimate ‘black box’, you might say, is in the belly of the ship, armoured in an alloy that I confidently believe makes adamantium look like putty and will, I am sure, remain totally unscathed even in the event of a meteor strike of mass-extinction proportions.
avian n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 37 We looked it up in the Guide to Sapient Species, but there is only one avian, and this is not it.
BEM n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 46 I told that agency computer on Real Earth to pick three people that fitted my specifications, and it gave me three names. The damn thing never bothered to say that two of them were BEMs.
collapsium n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 27 The temperature fell like collapsium.
colony planet n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 8 According to the files, they were both from colony planets so new the bedrock had hardly dried, while she was manifestly from Earth.
hubward adv. 1983 T. Pratchett Colour of Magic 5 There are, of course, two major directions on the disc: Hubward and Rimward.
hubward adv. 1998 T. Pratchett Carpe Jugulum (2000) 47 ‘Where the hell’s Muntab?’…‘Several thousand miles away, Mrs. Ogg. But it has ambitions Hubward.’
laser rifle n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 60 Marco loped in, tugging at his helmet with two hands. Another one held a laser rifle, salvage from the other half of the ship.
little green man n. 1990 T. Pratchett Wings (1991) 140 Humans find it a lot easier, really, to believe in little people from the sky than little people from the Earth. They would prefer to think of little green men than leprechauns.
neutronium n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 19 You plate the underside with neutronium for gravity.
overmind n. 1987 T. Pratchett Equal Rites (1990) 27 The overmind of the forest made impromptu searching as hard as listening for a waterfall in a thunderstorm.
planetary engineering n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 10 He…brought out a book…. ‘This is one of the authorities on planetary engineering.’
stunner n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 13 When he had wiped the blood out of his eyes she was looking down at him and holding a stunner.
terraform v. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 11 We build worlds, we don’t just terraform planets. Robots could do that. We build places where the imagination of human beings can find an anchor.
time police n. 1996 T. Pratchett Johnny & the Bomb 16 I wouldn’t mind joining the police if they were time police. You’d go back and say, ‘Hey, are you Adolf Hitler?’ and when he said, ‘Achtung, that’s me, ja’…Kablooeee! With the pump-action shotgun. End of problem.
waldo n. 1981 T. Pratchett Strata 160 It was a robot, a big one shaped the best shape for a robot. Square. One waldo arm was groping in a square hole in the alcove’s metal wall.