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Terry Pratchett's unpublished works destroyed by steamroller, as per his wishes

31 August 2017

The smashed hard drive is set to head to the Salisbury Museum as part of a new exhibit on Pratchett.

Mr Wilkins even made a joke about the event, imagining how millions of Pratchett's fans would react to his work being destroyed.

Pratchett, diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, continued to write, increasingly with assistance from other writers, up until his death in 2015.

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Before his death, fantasy novelist Terry Pratchett had asked that his unfinished work "be put in the middle of a road... for a steamroller to steamroll over them all".

As evidence, he also shared two pictures of a computer hard drive: one intact and another showing it in pieces. His last novel was published in 2014.

As The Guardian reports, Rob Wilkins, Pratchett's friend and manager of the Pratchett estate, tweeted a couple of images in which he said he was "about to fulfil [his] obligation to Terry".

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The museum's curator Richard Henry told BBC: "It's really nice that they have followed his requests so specifically".

The flattening took place at the end of the Great Dorset Steam Fair this week (Monday August 28th).

The remnants of the hard drive will be displayed at an exhibition dedicated to Pratchett's life, which will run from September 16, 2017 to January 13, 2018.

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Pratchett obviously understood the importance of letting unfinished works remain unfinished, and from the sound of it, he believed it so much that he really wanted to use a steamroller to take care of those remnants, smashing them beyond almost all recognition.

Terry Pratchett's unpublished works destroyed by steamroller, as per his wishes