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The Unseen University Challenge

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Quizbook

By David Langford

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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

University Challenge is one of the world's top quiz shows, enjoyed by millions, both participants and observers. But Discworld fans may feel that not many questions cover the real questions in Life, for example, Who or what could be seen as the inspiration for the near-tragic accident from which nanny Ogg is saved only be a special willow-reinforced hat made for her by Mr Vernissage of Slice? And give a plausible origin for Mrs Rosie Palm, proprietor of the famous House of Negotiable Affection in the Shades.
Each Faculty at the Unseen University has provided a set of questions, and answers are included for those who are not sure how the poisonous effects of quicksilver fumes are an occupational hazard of magic-users.
The questions have been compiled by Mr David Langford, who knows quite as much - and arguably more - about the Discworld as its Creator, and Terry Pratchett has provided an Introduction.

Biographical Notes

David Langford (1953 - )
David Langford was born in 1953, took an honours degree in physics at Brasenose College, Oxford, worked for several years as a nuclear weapons physicist with the Ministry of Defence, and since 1980 has been a freelance author and editor. He is married, with a happy absence of children, and lives in Reading, Berkshire.
His published books include War in 2080: The Future of Military Technology (nonfiction), An Account of a Meeting with Denizens of Another World, 1871 (non-fact UFO spoof), The Space Eater (a science fiction novel), The Leaky Establishment (comedy about nuclear weaponry, reissued in 2001 with an appreciative introduction by Terry Pratchett), Earthdoom! (farcical disaster novel written with John Grant), The Dragonhiker's Guide to Battlefield Covenant at Dune's Edge: Odyssey Two (SF parody collection), The Silence of the Langford (articles, essays and speeches), and The SEX Column (SFX magazine columns). A fuller list appears on his website at www.ansible.co.uk.
Langford has received many awards for his writing and SF journalism, including British Science Fiction Association Awards for both short fiction and nonfiction, and - twenty-nine times as of 2013 - science fiction's top prize, the Hugo Award.
His association with Terry Pratchett goes back to the early years of Discworld. In 1985 he described The Colour of Magic in his regular White Dwarf book review column as 'one of those horrible, antisocial books which impel the reader to buttonhole friends and quote bits at them.' As a freelance editor, Langford wrote the reader's report recommending Gollancz's publication of Equal Rites, and worked on full-length Discworld novels from the fourth, Mort (1987), to the 2005 Thud!. As a contributor to reference books, he has analysed Pratchett in David Pringle's St James Guide to Fantasy and The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy, in the multiple award-winning The Encyclopedia of Fantasy edited by John Clute and John Grant, in his text commentary for Josh Kirby's art book A Cosmic Cornucopia, in an introduction to the millennial collection of academic studies Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature edited by Andrew M. Butler, Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn, and in the again multi-award-winning third edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by himself, John Clute and others.
Langford had probably been fated to write the first official Discworld quizbook The Unseen University Challenge (1996) ever since the 1980s conversation in which he said, 'I know where the name Rincewind comes from ...' and Terry Pratchett replied: 'You bastard!' The inquisition continues in The Wyrdest Link.

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  • ISBN: 9781473208346
  • Publication date: 20 Mar 2014
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The Wyrdest Link

David Langford
Authors:
David Langford

A follow-up to the highly successful Discworld Unseen University Quizbook, The Wyrdest Link will present itself as qualifying tests for various levels of mastery in Ankh-Morpork City's Guilds and other organisations - from the dignified Thieves' Guild to illicit outfits like the feared Breccia (the trolls' Mafia) or the wholly reprehensive Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night (see Guards! Guards!). As before, the straight Discworld general knowledge inquisition - presented with offbeat twists and linking themes - will be varied with trick questions, outrageous bogglers, and the occasional near-impossible poser to suit all levels of Discworld fans.

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The End of Harry Potter?

David Langford
Authors:
David Langford

THE END OF HARRY POTTER is the perfect companion volume for all Harry Potter fans. Award-winning writer and Potter fan David Langford delves into the six Harry Potter books to explore J.K. Rowling's universe and characters, and shows in detail how cleverly J.K. Rowling has woven her world.This is the book for you if you are one of the gazillions of readers who find themselves wondering about horcruxes and Deatheaters and Dark Lords ... Langford looks at questions like:*What are the remaining horcruxes, the places He Who Shall Not Be Named has stashed his soul so he can never die?*Does Harry himself bear a part of the Dark Lord's soul in his scar?*Is that why Harry understands Parseltongue - and if not, why does he speak the language of the serpentssss?*What will happen when Harry is technically a grown-up, and no longer under the protection of his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia?*Is Albus Dumbledore really dead?*Whose side is Severus Snape really on?*Will Hogwarts survive the final, apocalyptic battle between Harry and You-Know-Who?Don't know the answers? Then read THE END OF HARRY POTTER!

A J Dalton

A J Dalton (Adam Dalton) has been an English language teacher as far afield as Egypt, the Czech Republic, Thailand, Slovakia, Poland and Manchester Metropolitan University. He published his first Fantasy trilogy, consisting of Necromancer's Gambit (2008), Necromancer's Betrayal (2009) and Necromancer's Fall (2010), to great acclaim.

Anna Caltabiano

Anna Caltabiano was born in British colonial Hong Kong and educated in Mandarin Chinese schools before moving to Palo Alto, California; the mecca of futurism. She lives down the street from Facebook in the town where its founders reside, along with the pioneers of Google and Apple.

Beth Vaughan

Elizabeth Vaughan is a barrister specialising in bankruptcy and financial cases in addition to being a fantasy romance novelist. She lives in Ohio, and you can learn more at www.eavwrites.com.

Caitlin Kittredge

Caitlin Kittredge is the author of the Nocturne City series, about a werewolf detective. She collects vintage clothes and lives in Massachusetts with her two cats.

Carrie Ryan

Husband and wife Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis have been in love with each other's writing (and with each other) since meeting in law school a decade ago. Carrie is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed and multi-award winning Forest of Hands and Teeth series. J.P. is an Assistant Federal Defender in the Western District of North Carolina as well as a published author of short fiction. Though they've been important parts of each other's writing for years, The Pirate Stream is their first full collaboration. J.P. and Carrie currently live in Charlotte, North Carolina, with their two ornery cats and one gullible dog. Visit Carrie's website at http://carrieryan.com, read her blogs at http://carrie-me.blogspot.co.uk and http://carrieryan.tumblr.com, follow her on Twitter @carrieryan and like her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarrieRyan.

Catherine Crook deCamp

Catherine Crook de Camp (1907-2000) was an American SF and fantasy writer. She mainly worked in collaboration with her husband, L. Sprague de Camp.

Dan Simmons

Dan Simmons won the World Fantasy Award for his first novel, SONG OF KALI, inspired by his travels in India. In the 1990s he rewrote the SF rulebook with his Hyperion Cantos quartet. He has also written thrillers. Alongside his writing he maintains a career as a college lecturer in English Literature in the USA.

David Langford

David Langford is a writer, critic and SF fan who has won innumerable Hugo Awards for his fan writing and for his news magazine ANSIBLE, a legend in SF and fantasy circles. He has been involved with Terry Pratchett's Discworld since the very beginning, and has compiled two Discworld quizbooks, THE UNSEEN UNIVERSITY CHALLENGE and THE WYRDEST LINK.

Den Patrick

Den Patrick was born in Dorset in 1975 and shares a birthday with Bram Stoker. He has at various times been a comics editor, burlesque reviewer, bookseller and Games Workshop staffer. Anything to avoid getting a real job in fact.He lives and works in London. His first three books for Gollancz, the War Manuals, were released in Autumn 2013. His first novel, THE BOY WITH THE PORCELAIN BLADE, he first in the Erebus Sequence, was published in Spring 2014.http://www.denpatrick.com/

Elizabeth Haydon

Having travelled the world extensively Elizabeth Haydon now lives on the East coast of America with her family. She is an editor in educational publishing. In her spare time she plays music.

Ellen Kushner

Ellen Kushner (1955- )Ellen Kushner is the author of World Fantasy Award-winner Thomas the Rhymer, and 'Swords of Riverside' comprising the interconnected novels Swordspoint, The Privilege of the Sword, and The Fall of the Kings (with Delia Sherman). She narrated these as audiobooks for Neil Gaiman Presents, winning an Audie Award for Swordspoint. She has taught creative writing at Clarion, the Odyssey Workshop, and is an instructor at Hollins University's Children's Literature M.F.A. program. She lives in New York City with Delia Sherman and far too many books.

James Barclay

James Barclay is the author of the Chronicles of the Raven and Legends of the Raven series, which have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The Raven saga came to a conclusion with the stunning Ravensoul. He also penned the epic fantasy duology The Ascendants of Estorea and completed an Elves trilogy: Elves: Once Walked With Gods, Elves: Rise of the Tai'Gethen and Elves: Beyond the Mists of Katura.James Barclay lives in Teddington with his wife and two children. Find out more on his website, www.jamesbarclay.com, or follow @barculator on Twitter.

Jay Amory

Jay Amory is a debut children's novelist.

Jerry Yulsman

Jerry Yulsman (1924-1999) Jerry Yulsman was a writer and photographer, who served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during the Second World War, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross. He returned to New York as a freelance photographer, chronicling the cultural rebellion and renaissance of post-war America in Greenwich Village. His photography appeared in Colliers, Pageant, Look, LIFE and Playboy, among others, and his 1957 image of Jack Kerouac, posed in the glow of a neighbourhood bar sign, has become one of 20th century photography's iconic images. His best-known novel is the alternative history, Elleander Morning.See more at http://sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/yulsman_jerry

John C. Gardner

John Gardner (1933-1982) John Gardner was born in Batavia, New York. His critically acclaimed books include the novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues and October Light, for which he received the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as several works of nonfiction and criticism such as On Becoming a Novelist. He was also a professor of medieval literature and a pioneering creative writing teacher whose students included Raymond Carver and Charles Johnson.

John Marco

John Marco has worked in various industries including aviation, computers and home security. He now writes full time. He lives on Long Island in the USA.

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Justina Robson

Justina Robson is an Arthur C. Clarke shortlisted author of ten SFF novels, including the highly regarded Quantum Gravity series, and was one of the first writers to win amazon.co.uk's Writer's Bursary in 2000. Based in Leeds, she's been shortlisted for multiple international awards and is a sought-after creative writing teacher who has taught at the Arvon Foundation. A graduate of the Clarion West workshops in Seattle (1996) she has been invited to teach there also, though she hasn't made it yet for various practical reasons. She acted as a judge for the Arthur C Clarke awards on behalf of the Science Fiction Foundation in 2006. Her most recently published novel is Glorious Angels, shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Best Novel 2015. You can learn more at justinarobson.co.uk or by following @JustinaRobson on Twitter.