The Passing of Sir Terry Pratchett · 9:12am
I'm sure you've heard the news by now. Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66. The official cause of death was a chest infection, not the Alzheimer's with which he was diagnosed eight years ago nor assisted suicide, something he had become a strong supporter of since his diagnosis.
My first thought upon hearing the news was "What's Stephen Baxter going to do about The Long Utopia and the fifth book in the series?" I assume The Long Utopia is basically complete, as it's due to be released this summer, but I doubt the last book in The Long Earth series is much beyond the planning stages. I find myself intensely curious as to what is going to happen, whether the series will be cancelled or if it will continue without Pratchett's contribution.
Regardless of Baxter's decision on the matter, The Long Trot should be largely unaffected. As I mentioned in the author's notes, The Long Trot is taking place immediately after the events of The Long Earth, and as such the rest of the series can be largely ignored (the second book takes place ten years after the first).