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 Post subject: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-22 09:12pm
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SFWA Grand Master Anne McCaffrey, 85, died November 21, 2011 of a massive stroke at home in Ireland.

McCaffrey is best known for her long-running Pern series of SF novels and stories. She was the first woman to win both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards, with “Weyr Search” (1968) and “Dragonrider” (1969) respectively. Pern novel The White Dragon (1978) was the first hardcover SF novel to make the New York Times bestseller list. Many of the later books in the Pern series were written in collaboration with McCaffrey’s son Todd. In all she authored or co-wrote more than 100 titles, beginning with first novel Restoree (1967).

Her other works include the Freedom series, the Doona series (with Jody Lynn Nye), the Dinosaur Planet series (with Jody Lynn Nye and Elizabeth Moon), the Crystal Singer series, the Brain & Brawn Ship series (with Margaret Ball, Mercedes Lackey, S.M. Stirling, and Jody Lynn Nye), the Petaybee series (with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough), the Talent series, the Tower & Hive series, the Acorna series (with Margaret Ball, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, and various other authors), and the Coelura series.

Anne Inez McCaffrey was born April 1, 1926 in Cambridge MA. She attended Radcliffe College, graduating in 1947, and worked as an advertising copywriter while directing and performing in stage productions. She married H. Wright Johnson in 1950, and had three children. She divorced Johnson in 1970, and moved to Ireland, where she opened a stable and began raising horses.

Her many honors include being named a SFWA Grand Master (2005); induction into the SF Hall of Fame (2006); and a Robert A. Heinlein Award (2007).

See the January issue of Locus for a complete obituary and appreciations.


Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern, Talents, Crystal Singer, and Ship/Brawn series were part of what got me so engrossed with scifi and fantasy to begin with. Her imagination and storycraft will be missed.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-22 10:00pm
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I never much read her, except one or two of the Pern books, which my mother was a bit of a fanatic for. Requiesat in Pace.

EDIT: I seem to recall her son wrote a few Pern books himself. It's sort of comforting to think that this may not be the end of the series, and that before she died she got to see her son suceed as a writer.



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 Post subject: Re: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-22 10:27pm
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I was never that much into Pern, to be honest (they seemed a bit over-hyped to me), but her Brainship/Brawn series was wonderful. She was a truly great writer. *raises glass in a toast*

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I grew up on Anne McCaffrey novels, the Pern series and the Freedom series, they pretty much formed my (horrifically mistaken) early teen ideas of romance.

I actually started re-reading the pern series today.

RIP Anne.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-22 11:57pm
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homosexual. The hormones released by a sexual situation involving the anus
being broached, are the same hormones found in large quantities in
effeminate homosexual males. For example, when I was much younger I knew a
young man who was for all intents and purposes, heterosexual. He was
mugged, and involved in a rape situation involving a tent peg. This one
event was enough to have him start on a road that eventually led to him
becoming effeminate and gay."

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Watch out for those tent pegs, Anne.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-23 12:21am
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I might be wrong, but last time I heard that was some kind of internet myth that got disproven by snopes or some other site. Again, might be wrong.



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 Post subject: Re: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-23 01:50am
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Snopes doesn't have any official page on the subject, but the forum thread on it indicates no original source was ever found, no name of the interviewer, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-26 09:32pm
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Huh. Used to love her books when I was young. Went off them eventually due to her being "too nice", and I was starting to prefer darker and grittier, but a shame none-the-less.



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 Post subject: Re: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-26 09:51pm
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Ahriman238 wrote:
I never much read her, except one or two of the Pern books, which my mother was a bit of a fanatic for. Requiesat in Pace.

EDIT: I seem to recall her son wrote a few Pern books himself. It's sort of comforting to think that this may not be the end of the series, and that before she died she got to see her son suceed as a writer.

I'm told he sucks at writing Pern, though, something about insisting on coffee and chickens. I heard about her death on NPR on the way to a friend's house the day after, and when I told him he immediately panicked about him finishing the last book.

At any rate, may she rest in peace. I never read much of her books, but perhaps I will someday.



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 Post subject: Re: RIP Anne McCaffrey PostPosted: 2011-11-26 11:04pm
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Todd's first couple of Pern books were meh at best, but a couple of them have actually added something to the Pernaverse. The question is how much of that was his mother's influence, and how much was him improving as a writer.



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