Terry Pratchett, über-prolific author of the comedic fantasy series Discworld and more besides, has been made an Officer of the British Empire in recognition of his services to Literature. The man reports being quite flabbergasted by this event.
Well yes, to say it's unexpected is something of an understatement -- not that the quality of his work is in question, but as literary genres go, fantasy (especially the tongue-in-cheek kind that Pratchett excels at) is not usually recognised by non-genre (meaning not Hugo/Nova etc.) prizes. Has any fantasy author been given such an accolade before? I don't believe even Tolkien did, and Lord (of the... haha hem never mind) knows his work has had "a bit of an impact" on subsequent generations of authors and readers alike. And now, movie-goers, dvd-buyers and cosplayers. Well, the latter was always sort of in with the out crowd, I guess ;-)
Anyway, congratulations, Sir Terry! For God and the Empire!
(well yeah, that's the official motto of the Order... gotta work that in your next novel, heh)