nenena: (Air Gear - Ringo)
Anne McCaffrey passed away yesterday.

I remember spending my sixth grade summer gorging myself on all of the Pern books that I could find, begging my mom to drive me to a library inconveniently located downtown and one city over because our local library didn't have a copy of Dragondrums, and writing F'nor/Brekke fanfiction in a notebook before I even knew what fanfic was. As a kid I didn't know anything about Hugo or Nebula awards or why it was so groundbreaking that McCaffrey was the first woman to win either, or why it was such a big deal that she was the first author ever to get a science-fiction novel on the New York Times Bestseller List. But I do know that Pern will always have a special place in my heart.

ETA: A beautiful tribute poem by Yonmei.