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The Wyrdest Link

Terry Pratchett's Discworld Quizbook

By David Langford

  • E-Book
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An SF Gateway eBook: bringing the classics to the future.

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.

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: 9781473208353
  • Publication date: 13 Mar 2014
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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.

Anton Lesser

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Avram Davidson

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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.

Cinda Williams Chima

Cinda Williams Chima is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the University of Akron. She is a member of the Poets and Writers League of Greater Cleveland, the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She has been a workshop leader and speaker at writing conferences, including the Northern Ohio SCBWI Conference, the Western Reserve Writers' Conference, and the Skyline Writing Conference. She frequently speaks to young writers and readers at schools and libraries nationwide. Chima lives in Ohio with her family, and is always working on her next novel.

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/

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875 - 1950)Edgar Rice Burroughs was a prolific American author of the 'pulp' era. The son of a Civil War veteran, he saw brief military service with the 7TH U.S. Cavalry before he was diagnosed with a heart problem and discharged. After working for five years in his father's business, Burroughs left for a string of disparate and short-lived jobs, and was working as a pencil sharpener wholesaler when he decided to try his hand at writing. He found almost instant success when his story 'Under the Moons of Mars' was serialised in All-Story Magazine in 1912, earning him the then-princely sum of $400.Burroughs went on to have tremendous success as a writer, his wide-ranging imagination taking in other planets (John Carter of Mars and Carson of Venus), a hollow earth (Pellucidar), a lost world, westerns, historicals and adventure stories. Although he wrote in many genres, Burroughs is best known for his creation of the archetypal jungle hero, Tarzan. Edgar Rice Burroughs died in 1950.

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.

Geoff Ryman

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Jerry Yulsman

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John C. Gardner

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John Crowley

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John Lee

British narrator John Lee has read audiobooks in almost every conceivable genre, from Charles Dickens to Patrick O'Brian, and from the very real life of Napoleon to the entirely imagined lives of sorcerers and swashbucklers. He has won numerous Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards, and he was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile in 2009. Lee is also an accomplished stage actor and wrote and coproduced the feature films Breathing Hard and Forfeit.

Justine Eyre

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Leo Brett

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