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Match It For Pratchett

Another reason to love science fiction fandom...

Terry Pratchett, the world's funniest fantasist, has donated half a million pounds sterling (well over a million dollars) for research into the causes and cures of Alzheimer's Disease. Which might prompt most people to say, "Hey, good for Terry." But it's prompted a lot of SF fans and writers to say, "Hey, that's a pretty good start," and launch their own effort to match Terry's incredibly generous donation.

The effort was launched by Pat Cadigan (a terrific writer herself, queen of cyberpunk and once one of the Wild Cards gang), and has been snowballing rapidly with lots of other fans and writers joining in. "It looks like the blogosphere is making the fight against Alzheimer's a whole lot stronger," a spokesman for the Alzheimer's Research Trust wrote to Pat, as she reported on her own Live Journal. At the Alzheimer's Research Trust, we've been overwhelmed by the support from around the world since Terry's donation and speech on Thursday. It's completely unprecedented for us: we're truly grateful."

There's all sorts of ways that you too can help, and I hope you will.

You can just go to http://www.alzheimers-research.org.uk/ and donate however much you can spare. Tell them it's for Terry Pratchett, so it will count as part of the Match It For Pratchett campaign.

Or you can go to http://poosk.com/2008/03/14/match-it-for-pratchett/ and buy the Match It For Pratchett t-shirt. All profits will go to Alzheimer's research.

Or you can head on over to ebay at http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZbenveniste and bid on one of the books I've donated to the campaign. Let's see, there's a copy of the deluxe leather-bound GAME OF THRONES rpg from Guardians of Order (out of print), a signed hardcover of my young adult book THE ICE DRAGON (illustrated by the wonderful Yvonne Gilbert), a presentation copy of the signed limited illustrated edition of FEVRE DREAM from Subterranean Press (sold out), a hardcover copy of SHADOW TWIN, the novella on which HUNTER'S RUN was based (signed by me, Gardner Dozois, and Daniel Abraham), a hardcover of the new Wild Cards book INSIDE STRAIGHT (signed by seven of the nine contributors), and all sorts of other great stuff... including a set of bound galleys of GOOD OMENS, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. All monies raised will go to Alzheimer's research, and there are some great collectibles on offer, so please, head on over to ebay and bid, bid, BID.

There's also an official Match It For Pratchett website where you can check out the latest news about the campaign -- and there should be plenty of news in the weeks and months to come, with more auctions, merchandise, contests, and other fund-raising efforts being planned. Bookmark http://www.matchitforpratchett.org/

This is a great cause headed up by some great people. They've already raised a lot of money, but there's still a long way to go to match Terry's donation. Please help.


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Mar. 24th, 2008 07:19 am (UTC)
Thanks for passing this along, George. I'll be sure to spread the word.
Mar. 24th, 2008 10:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, but what about Amyloidosis?
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
Another devastating and very serious condition. However, amyloidosis is an exceptionally rare condition whilst Alzheimers, sadly, is far more widespread. Certainly the situation with Robert Jordan resulted in awareness of the disease being raised and very large donations being made to its further study.
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:17 pm (UTC)
We were able to raise well over $3,000 for Match It For Pratchett at Norwescon this past weekend, btw.
Mar. 24th, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
that is so wonderful
Makes me proud to be fan. Good on ya, Norwescon!
Mar. 24th, 2008 12:56 pm (UTC)
Great stuff. I've put a note of this on my blog and will spread the word over a few other forums.
Mar. 24th, 2008 02:03 pm (UTC)
Another reason for me to admire the guy. ;)
Mar. 24th, 2008 02:23 pm (UTC)
so sad
Long time lurker here, but had to sign up to post a comment here. Anyone who hasn't read Terry Pratchett should--he constantly puts out great novel after great novel. He's the sort of writer that will be taught in schools years from now once they get their heads out of the "cannon classics only" mentality.

When I heard that he was coming down with Alzheimer's, I was floored. How could such a bright wit be affected by a mental disease?

Hopefully everyone's donations will be able to help this great man, as well as millions of others, before it is too late. I urge everyone to make a donation of some sort, no matter how small.
Mar. 24th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Man I wish I could afford that copy of Good Omens you put up. The bidding went high fast didn't it? Hee, I hope it goes even higher. I was saddened to hear about Terry's illness, and I hope that this campaign helps him and others. I watched my grandmother fall to this disease, and it's an ugly thing to go through. Pass along our good wish if you can.
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
Definitely a reason to love science fiction fandom, and the great authors who contribute to it. It was wonderful of you to donate those items for auction to help raise money!
Mar. 24th, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
There was a small Match It collection going at ICFA last weekend which did at least $250-wish it had done more.

Managed to score some Ice Dragon uncorrected proofs and a Hunter's Run in the silent auction, so made for a bountiful weekend.

Now, if I could find a way to twist ISoIaF into a good paper worthy of presentation next year, I'd be a happy girl.
Mar. 24th, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
thank you! to everyone who contributes
every dollar counts toward research and care for people with Alzheimer's and other diseases.

The whole idea behind the campaign is to raise awareness and ask fans to contribute a few pounds/euros/dollars to the Alzheimer's organization in their country. We're delighted that there are folks who contribute more, but for me, the idea of every Pratchett reader we can reach giving the cost of a pint or a paperback book is very meaningful.

You sure got a good haul at the auction, congrats! There are many fans who attend conventions who ignore the charity auctions, not realizing how many nifty and rare items fans and pros alike donate to good causes. If you come to Denvention, don't miss the SFWA Medical Emergency fund auction, and the auction for the TAFF and DUFF fan funds. Pros donate rare books, and there's often a writer or two who will offer a 'Tuckerization' to benefit the MEF.

Edited at 2008-03-24 04:09 pm (UTC)
Mar. 24th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
I was deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Pratchett's affliction, but I have hope that his condition will progress slowly enough that research may be able to help, if not thwart this most cruel of diseases.

I will check out your links and see what I can do.
Mar. 24th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
I contributed at Norwescon! There was a large booth in the lobby dedicated to Match it for Pratchett.
Mar. 24th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
I am going to contribute my own little bit. Thanks for putting this up. I love Terry.
Mar. 24th, 2008 11:16 pm (UTC)
Seriously I think that is AMAZING. I work in a nursing home... on the Alzhimers Unit. I see it everyday. Now to hear that a bunch of great writers are donating to help to research the cure just blows my mind.
Mar. 24th, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks and a challenge
To begin with, thank you for both bringing attention to the Match It for Pratchett initiative, as well as providing some really amazing items for bid.

Second, I would challenge all fans of both you and Pterry to bid high and bid often for those items, and, in the case they do not win, to donate what they were willing to bid to the cause. As someone who has lost relatives to the fog of Alzheimers, and was struck to the core when I heard about Terry, the cause needs all the support we can give it.

Thank you again for all that you are doing,
Mar. 25th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links, George - hope you don't mind I nicked the first 3 from your post to post same in my lj, doing my bit to spread the word. (Gonna buy a teeshirt too)
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
well done sir!
I was deeply saddened to hear about Terry Pratchett, but I think its great that you posted about this.

You both are two of my favorite authors, and it brings a smile to my face that you're helping his cause out.

I'll go over and donate now...
Mar. 25th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)
Mr. Pratchett is doing a great thing, and the Match it For Pratchett idea is brilliant. It's just a shame that a famous person has to be diagnosed with the disease in order to give it more recognition. Or for people to want donate.

As someone who has seen loved ones slowly transformed into invalids because of Alzheimer's, I think something like this is bittersweet. It's wonderful, because it gets the word out. But a fraction of the people who donated, including Mr. Pratchett himself, would not bother with the effort were he not personally seeking a cure for the horrible affliction.

I hope scientists find a cure, and soon, because its something no one deserves to go through or watch a loved one go through.
Mar. 25th, 2008 02:02 pm (UTC)
It's also worth noting that the second half of Pratchett's The Colour of Magic just finished airing on Sky TV in England. It's yet another reminder to fans of what an amazing author he is.
Mar. 26th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
Other group
There's also a Facebook group, started by Pat Cadigan, working on the matching goal. Just search "pratchett" in groups and it's about 5 or 6 spots down the list.

I imagine there's a good deal of overlap in the Facebook/LJ communities, so y'all might join there and thereby bring it to the attention of facebook friends as well! Cheers,

Mar. 27th, 2008 03:05 pm (UTC)
Pratchett is the man. I was devastated to hear about his situation.
Mar. 28th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
I wish Mr. Pratchett the absolute best, but...
he has been misinformed on one point. Alzheimer's and amyloid plaque formation/aggregation gets ***tons*** of funding, both in the U.S. and in the U.K. (from what colleagues tell me). Those of us who do biophysical research in the U.S. have known for quite a long time now that the Alzheimer's disease state and its causes are one of the top NIH funding priorities, and it's no secret that finding a protein aggregation angle to include in your proposals, no matter how tenuous, is a very good idea.

Be that as it may, I wish Mr. Pratchett the a long life and great health. Here's hoping that we (that's the collective scientific "we", I don't actually work on aggregation phenomena) continue to make advances in this research that can be applied to clinical treatments.
Mar. 28th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
Kudos to ebayer s***r
Kudos to ebayer s***r who has so far refused to bid any value not containing the digits 666 for the copy of Good Omens...

I hope that they'll win with a bid of $666!
Mar. 31st, 2008 02:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Kudos to ebayer s***r
Well, "Good Omens" didn't quite make $666, but the response to and generousity shown during the auction was fantastic.

Believe it or not, it wasn't after we had the copy written and the auction ready to go live that we realized the obvious starting bid.
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