Tuesday, November 22, 2011

When Dragons Cry: RIP Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey was a huge inspiration to so many writers and authors, this one included.  Her Dragonriders of Pern series set my imagination free to create my own stories with characters who lived and loved in amazing places and times.

Galleycat reported on the author's passing earlier today and there's a tribute to the author posted on io9.  Anne McCaffrey was 85 years old.

What did Anne McCaffrey mean to you?


  1. Oh, my, oh, my! What a shock! Back in the days when I could barely afford books, I wore out copies of the first Dragonflight books. Replacing them with hard backs (which I still have) was a major expense. I read most of the Pern books numerous times (although I have to admit I have missed the recent collaborations--too many books, too little time). I never got into some of her later series, but I have (I just went across the house to count them) fifteen Pern books, four Freedom books, and three Power books on my keeper shelf.
    My education was in social rather than hard sciences, anthropology and archeology, and McCaffrey has always been one of my favorites, along with Lois McMaster Bujold, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and more recently Jo Walton and Naomi Novik.
    I'm so sorry to hear of her passing, but so glad she and her worlds and her kick-butt heroines passed through my world.

  2. Amen, Kay.

    She was always a huge inspiration for me. Read most of the Pern books, The Rowan, and so many more. She's the first author I credit in my bio as being a major influence.

    Still in a bit of shock here myself.

  3. Amen, Laurie.

    I am in shock as well. I love your blog title. "When Dragons Cry" says it all.

    So glad she came before us to teach us so much about this genre.

  4. And inspire so many future writers, too, Kaye. (I'm definitely one of them.)


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