Wednesday, November 23, 2011

RIP, Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey, author of the "Dragonriders of Pern" series, has passed away:
Anne McCaffrey, the prolific science fiction and fantasy author who was best known for her “Dragonriders of Pern” novels, has died of a stroke at her home in Ireland. She was 85.

McCaffrey is celebrated for the new worlds she created in her fiction, such as in the “Dragonriders of Pern” — where a whole society is based on dragon-riding, and in “The Ship Who Sang” — in which a starship’s functions are controlled entirely by a severely disabled girl.

McCaffrey also helped transform the way science fiction writers wrote about women, and became the first woman to win a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award, as well as a Grand Master of science fiction.
When I was a kid, I devoured her books as they came out. She brought out new worlds for the imagination and opened the door for many people.


  1. Oh my. You're full of "good" news today. I, too, was a big fan of hers. In fact, just the other day at the library I almost checked out Dragonriders of Pern. Instead, I settled for Alan Dean Foster.

  2. Heh, yeah, it's been one helluva week. Also lost a client and a coworker this week.

    Alan Dean Foster is a great author too.