A Blink of the Screen

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A Blink of the Screen
AuthorTerry Pratchett
Release number
GenreScience fiction and fantasy
Publication date
ISBN978-0-385-61898-4 First edition
Followed byA Slip of the Keyboard 


In the four decades since his first book appeared in print, Terry Pratchett has become one of the world’s best-selling and best-loved authors. Here for the first time are his short stories and other short form fiction collected into one volume. A Blink of the Screen charts the course of Pratchett’s long writing career: from his schooldays through to his first writing job on the Bucks Free Press; to the origins of his debut novel, The Carpet People; and on again to the dizzy mastery of the phenomenally successful Discworld series.

Here are characters both familiar and yet to be discovered; abandoned worlds and others still expanding; adventure, chickens, death, disco and, actually, some quite disturbing ideas about Christmas, all of it shot through with his inimitable brand of humour.

With an introduction by Booker Prize-winning author A. S. Byatt, illustrations by the late Josh Kirby and drawings by the author himself, this is a book to treasure.


Introduction by A. S. Byatt.

Non-Discworld Shorter Writings

Discworld Shorter Writings


Podcast episodes

Major appearances

These are episodes primarily devoted to discussing the book as a whole. See pages for individual pieces for episodes about them.

Date Show Episode External link
2023-04-12 Word Less “#22: The Blink of the Screen by Terry Pratchett”[1] spotify.com

Other appearances

Episodes where there's significant discussion of the book, but it's not the focus of the episode.

Date Show Episode External link

To be added.

External links


  1. They consistently refer to the book as The Blink of the Screen. The discussion focuses on one story for each host and guest: “The Hades Business”, “The Troll Bridge” (as they refer to it) and “The Sea and Little Fishes”.