This week speculative fiction author Anne McCaffrey died at the age of 85. Best known for her series Dragon Riders of Pern and her story The Ship Who Sang, she was an amazing author who could build incredible worlds populated with deep, realistic, and messy characters – characters who could make you weep and laugh.
I remember as a young teenager reading Dragonriders and being sucked in for many long days and late nights, followed by weeks of drawing dragons and imagining my own dragon stories. In recent years I got into her Freedom series, produced in her 70’s and 80’s and just as good as her earlier works.
Anne McCaffrey is one of a handful of authors I credit for inspiring me to write. And this Thanksgiving I’m really thankful that she brought her passion and talent to the world.
Have you read any of McCaffrey’s work? Which is your favorite? EDC