Tuesday, November 22, 2011

R.I.P Anne McCaffrey

So sad to hear this. I've read McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern so many times I've lost count.

From MSNBC.com

Prolific science fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey died Monday at her home in Ireland shortly after suffering a stroke. She was 85.

McCaffrey published nearly 100 books in her lifetime and was best known for her popular “Dragonriders of Pern” novels. In her bio on her website, McCaffrey shared the following insights about her approach to writing and her first novel, which was published in 1967:

“Her first novel, ‘Restoree,’ was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in s-f novels in the ‘50s and early ‘60s. It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series ‘The Ship Who Sang’ and the fourteen novels about the ‘Dragonriders of Pern,’ that Ms. McCaffrey’s talents as a story-teller are best displayed.”

McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Mass., and moved to Ireland in 1970. In the late 1960s she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for a work of fiction and the first woman to win a Nebula Award. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.

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We'll miss you Anne.


ShadowFalcon said...

I read about this today, so sad. I adored the Pern books :-( I'm still not over Diana Wynne-Jones

SQT said...

I know. There's something about losing a favorite author that feels kind of personal. I'm not sure they ever realize how much their stories mean to us.

Charles Gramlich said...

Yes, Sad to hear this. I haven't read all her books but enjoyed what I read.

Jim Haley said...

Also sad to hear the news. I've only read the first three books of the Pern series, but I enjoyed them a lot. I read the first one because I got the chance to meet her at a publishing convention about a decade ago, where she was signing a new "YA" edition (repackaged version) of Dragonflight. I figured that was a sure sign I should give the book a try, and I wasn't disappointed. While I haven't read any of the recent books, it's nice for fans to know that it will likely continue on in the hands of her son, who's been writing with her (and I think on his own) for awhile now.

SQT said...

Jim-- I read one of the books written by her son but it wasn't nearly as good as any written by her. Fortunately there are plenty in the series to go back and re-read. I think I first read them a good 25 years ago and they still hold up today.

Maurice Mitchell said...

Sad indeed. We've lost so many good authors largely.