“Anne McCaffrey dead” is the headline no fantasy loving geek wants to write. Sadly, at the age of 85 Anne McCaffrey, creator of the Dragonriders of Pern, has died.
McCaffrey had been responding to fans, just this month, via first with the news.
Anne was born in the USA and migrated to Ireland in the 70s. She had published nearly 100 books and attended events like DragonCon and Writers of the Future. In 1968 McCaffrey became the first woman to pick up a Hugo Award for fiction and the first woman to win a Nebula Award in 1969.
Restoree, published by Ballantine Books in 1967, was McCaffrey’s first novel but she may be best known for Dragonriders of Pern. Todd McCaffrey, her middle child, has also contributed to the series – sometimes writing with his mother, sometimes as a solo project.
R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey
Update: According to sources Anne McCaffrey died peacefully and as a result of a stroke.