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nenena ([personal profile] nenena) wrote2011-11-23 12:48 am

Rest in Peace, Anne.

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.

[identity profile] 2011-11-23 02:05 pm (UTC)(link)
This is quite saddening. I've always wanted to read her books but the libraries I had access to never had them. I did manage to find "A Gift of Dragons" at a book store and loved every second of it. I'm going to make an effort to read more of her stuff.

Rest in peace.

[identity profile] 2011-11-23 03:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Wow, I didn't realize how old she was, and this makes me realize that a lot of my favorite authors are getting up there in age (the two that I've had time to follow as of late). I've only read a few of her books, mostly due to what was available at the bookstore whenever I looked for them, but nowadays I have no room at home for anymore books XD I guess it's about time to bite the bullet and start getting ebooks.

[identity profile] 2011-11-23 06:07 pm (UTC)(link)
I remember reading tons of her books back in middle school too, my parents had a lot and then the library had an incredible number of them (thankfully my library was a bit closer than yours). My mom even laughed when she saw that most of my college classes are in a building called Harper Hall, it just seemed rather appropriate, she will be missed.

[identity profile] 2011-11-23 08:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Uwaaaah, I'm sad to hear that! Her books got me through a rough time in my sophomore year, so her stories will always have a special place in my heart. <3

Dragons are awesome. ^^

[identity profile] 2011-11-27 05:27 pm (UTC)(link)
It was certainly a shock when I read of this on the BBC's new site in the week but this is the first I've written anywhere about it. I actually met McCaffery during a signing of the novel Killashandra in London many years ago. Perhaps it was too many years ago as I never thought that she was anywhere near old enough to pass on.

Menolly's Song for Petiron certainly seems in order. Thanks for everything, Anne!