A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices


"A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices"
AuthorTerry Pratchett
5th short story
Genre(s)Fantasy, Wizards and Academic administration
The Wizards
Unseen University

"A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices" is a Discworld short story by Terry Pratchett. The story describes the reaction of the wizards of the Unseen University to a proposal from the Patrician to introduce regulation of university education.[1] It references the government inspector A. E. Pessimal, who goes on to have a significant role in Thud![1][2]

It was first published in the 13 May 2005 issue of The Times Higher Education Supplement, and can be found in certain editions of Snuff. It was included in the 2012 short fiction anthology A Blink of the Screen.


  1. ^ a b Pratchett, Terry (2015). A blink of the screen. ISBN 978-0-385-53832-9. OCLC 972701360.
  2. ^ Pratchett, Terry; Kidby, Paul (2005). Thud!. London: BCA. OCLC 972051409.

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Preceded by 8th Individual Story
Published in 2005
Succeeded by