left this planet recently. Bound for who knows where? Solutions to the 4d equations* perhaps? Or the more rational end-qua-end (as in el finito) …
One refers of course to those two great identical polar opposites: one Prof Stephen Hawking and one Sir Terry Pratchett. Of the two I personally prefer ol’ Terry—he made me laugh. In fact his legacy is laughter**, and where would a religious denier be more likely to find God: in the infinite reaches of space, or between the leaves of a Terry Pratchett novel?
Dammit, not only does Terry make me laugh—the worlds he created are vastly more credible than those between the sheets of any religious exemplar’s bed. Book! I meant book!
I discovered his works quite late in life. (I lie, I allowed those bloody awful covers to put me off ever reading one for years and years.) (More the fool me, then. ‘Nuff said.)
Wit and wisdom~! Ye gods, what more could a thinker possibly want—
“The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.” — Monstrous Regiment
—and often what he puts into the mouths of his characters can sting. (Dammit, I should bloody well know—
Perhaps Hawking and Sir Terence met up recently somewhere in the vast reaches of time and space; it would be an interesting environment in which to be a silent speck on the wall … just specktating; I could contribute nothing but I’m sure they’d be delighted by each other’s company.
“Always be wary of any helpful item that weighs less than its operating manual.”
“They say a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but it’s not one half so bad as a lot of ignorance.”
“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.”
“It’s not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren’t doing.”
* Death, Doom, Defeat, Despair and/or Disaster (yeah … I can’t count neither).
** Leavened with great wisdoms but so subtly done it hurts to read (go on, force yourself, try it … you may just like it).