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Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian22 Nov 2011 7:41 p.m. PST

The first female to win the Hugo and Nebula awards, along with the first author to reach the New York Times best seller list with a sci-fi novel, Anne McCaffrey died of a stroke at her home in Ireland on the 21st.

Best known for her Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series, she also wrote both hard and soft SF.



kyoteblue Inactive Member22 Nov 2011 7:59 p.m. PST

My late Wife Margaret loved her work.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Nov 2011 8:06 p.m. PST

I was enthralled by the original Dragonriders trilogy, back in the day. Never got into anything else she wrote, though…

I remember hearing that Pern-based videogames were limited by her restrictions on game content. So we might see some Pern games coming out now…

Rassilon Inactive Member22 Nov 2011 8:35 p.m. PST


Mrs Pumblechook Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 12:14 a.m. PST

One my favourite authors.

Vale Anne.

goragrad23 Nov 2011 12:43 a.m. PST

As noted, Pern got a bit old, but I enjoyed the early ones and some of her other early works. RIP.

Alxbates Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 3:39 a.m. PST

Man, that's sad.

I loved her Pern books when I was a kid, and I've re-read at least one of them recently. I remember being so surprised when I realized it was a sci-fi setting rather than a fantasy one…

She'll be missed.

-Alex in Alaska

DontFearDareaper Fezian Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 5:27 a.m. PST

Very sad news. I really enjoyed the Pern series back in my carefree undergraduate days.


Personal logo Dr Mathias Supporting Member of TMP Fezian23 Nov 2011 7:19 a.m. PST

I only read one or two in the Dragonriders series… I had intentions on reading more but never seemed to get around to it. I thought they were pretty clever and had an interesting concept with the 'threads' or whatever they were called.

kallman23 Nov 2011 7:32 a.m. PST

Sad to hear I did enjoy some of her books and she was a pioneer in her field.

The Dread Pirate GeorgeD Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 8:12 a.m. PST

One of my wife's and my favorite authors. R.I.P. Anne.


Jakar Nilson23 Nov 2011 8:44 a.m. PST

I never read any. Never even seen a single copy. However, I did enjoy the parody in The Colour of Magic.

Did she influence Moorcock's dragons of Ymmir (the Melnibonéan dragons)? Or did he write about those before she wrote Pern?

Clovis Sangrail Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 11:22 a.m. PST

Did she influence Moorcock's dragons of Ymmir (the Melnibonéan dragons)? Or did he write about those before she wrote Pern?

First Elric novel is '63, with Elric of Melnibone coming out in '72.

McCaffre comes out with Dragonflight in '70, with a short story in '68.

That said there may be other fantasy that has ridden dragons earlier.

Jakar Nilson23 Nov 2011 12:31 p.m. PST

It's more the psychic link and the fading in and out of reality that I'm thinking about.

napthyme Sponsoring Member of TMP23 Nov 2011 1:05 p.m. PST

I really liked her sci-fi series crystal singer. a very different sort of sci-fi then I had seen before.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member23 Nov 2011 1:41 p.m. PST

She had an original concept and rode it well. RIP

HardRock23 Nov 2011 4:30 p.m. PST

I just got back into reading Pern stories, with one I had missed, when I heard the news of her passing. Thank you for so many wonderful stories Anne. RIP.

Gear Pilot23 Nov 2011 5:09 p.m. PST

I never read the Pern books, but I did very much enjoy the Planet Pirates/Dinosaur Planet and the Brain Ship books.

Tiberius24 Nov 2011 5:07 a.m. PST

Anne you gave me a life long love for Fantasy novels. Thank you. RIP

Scutatus Inactive Member24 Nov 2011 6:37 a.m. PST

A literary great pases away. She leaves quite the legacy behind her.

Daffy Doug Inactive Member29 Nov 2011 3:10 p.m. PST

I read one of the Pern novels, I think. The timing was off; I'd read too much fantasy and sci-fi; I've never regained the reading urge for the genre like I had at one time.

Do dead fiction writers go to a special sort of heaven where they talk geek stuff with each other forever? Or would that be a special level in hell? Depends on the person, I suppose….

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