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Anne Inez McCaffrey (1 April 1926 - 21 November 2011)


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Anne McCaffrey: Thank You and Goodbye
22 November 2011
Anne Inez McCaffrey (1 April 1926 - 21 November 2011) was an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author, best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series. She published nearly 100 books beginning in 1967.

It seems Anne McCaffrey's prolific career began when she was about forty years old. That really says something. It makes impatience and despairing over certain failings seem so foolish. After all, there's no statute of limitations or expiration date on the things that we find meaningful. It's never too late to start something remarkable.

I'll never forget the first time I happened to pick up a book by Anne McCaffrey. The story of Helva, The Ship Who Sang made me realize that there were oceans and galaxies of fantastic ideas, yet to be explored. Her Dragonriders, Acorna, Rowan, Crystal Singer, Freedom and Brainship series are a great part of the reason I grew to love the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres so much.

I fell in love with the Dragonrider series after reading Dragonsinger, the story of the young musician Menolly and her nine fire lizards--sort of miniature cousins to the dragons of Pern.

I remember being so amazed by the concept of dragons as telepathic, sapient beings that could defy the laws of time and space by slipping between dimensions. The idea of humans having ventured deep into space and formed a new culture after so much time that they had forgotten their original world really resonated within me.

Anne McCaffrey's stories not only engendered my love of the SF genres, they opened up my mind to a whole new universe of possibilities. Along with certain works of Ray Bradbury and Larry Niven, it was her Rowan and Brainship series that eventually prompted my foray into writing Space Opera, specifically.

The news of Anne McCaffrey's passing is quite saddening. In the space of a year and half, two of my greatest creative influences--Satoshi Kon and Anne McCaffrey--have moved on from this life. They've both managed to leave us with more than a bit of something positive. Still, for those who have been amazed and inspired by their work, the world will never be quite the same.

 

  Anne Inez McCaffrey (1 April 1926 - 21 November 2011)

Anne Inez McCaffrey died of a stroke at the age of 85 on November 21, 2011. She was an American science fiction and fantasy author to whom home has been Dragonhold-Underhill, County Wicklow, Ireland since 1970.

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The Worlds of Anne McCaffrey

Other Posts around the World:

R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey, Creator of Pern and The Ship Who Sang - i09.com
Anne McCaffrey Has Died - mediabistro.com
R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey, 1926 - 2011 - wired.com

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Re: Anne Inez McCaffrey (1 April 1926 - 21 November 2011)


Thanks for this, Libra. I hadn't heard of this writer, now I'll be looking for her books,

Chris
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