Thinking of Pern: Anne McCaffrey

Science fiction novelist Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday at the age of 85 in her home in Ireland.

Over the years, Anne McCaffrey has become an iconic figure in the Sci-fi genre. She published her first novel, Restoree, in 1967 and has written over a hundred books since.

You might know her by the Dragonriders of Pern, by the short story “The Smallest Dragonboy” that found its way into English textbooks, or by her many science fiction series: The Ship Who Sang, Talent, and The Crystal Singer.

She has co-authored books with authors like Margaret Ball, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Mercedes Lackey, and Jody Lynn Nye, and was the first woman to receive both the Hugo Award (for “Weyr Search” in 1968), and the Nebula Award (for Dragonrider in 1969).

“Writing has been so much a part of my life that I’m really quite annoyed that I can’t do as much as I used to. But I have nine series, for godsakes, give me a break! I’m 78, I’m on my pension in Ireland, and all that good stuff. I have my good days and my bad days, but I don’t have as much energy as I used to back when I was young and foolish and didn’t count the cost — and it takes a lot — to write.”

–From Locus Online: Heirs to Pern

When she was asked in a 2004 interview what she would like her epitaph to read, she summed it up in two words: “Story Teller”. And I know I am just one among thousands of readers who would add “Beloved” to that line.