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Beloved 'Pern' author Anne McCaffrey, 85, has died

Edited by GreenReaper as of Wed 23 Nov 2011 - 10:51
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Anne McCaffrey passed away Monday night in her home from what is reported as a 'massive stroke'. She was 85 years of age.

The creative force behind the Dragonriders of Pern fantasy series and The Ship Who Sang, McCaffrey was the first woman to be awarded a Hugo Award, and to receive the Nebula.

McCaffrey was also the first author to reach the New York Times Bestseller's List with a Sci-Fi title (The White Dragon). She published nearly 100 books, mainly fiction, beginning in 1967.

A remarkable author, McCaffrey prided herself on interaction with her fans. Up until a few weeks ago, she was still answering readers' mail on her website. She was also a frequent face at many sci-fi and fantasy conventions, often invited as the guest of honor.

R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey, 1926 – 2011


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If the people who made "How to Train a Dragon" say they were not inspired someway by these stories, I'd say they were lying.

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You know, I never even thought of that. I know McCaffrey was notoriously very protective over her intellectual property - I wonder if she ever tried to peruse anything in relation to HTTYD. Huh.

+ Banrai

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Reading the last link provided I'm doubtful, she just seemed to really want control over the places and characters she created more then the dragon rider idea. It shows almost obsessive compulsion over her characters, almost as she were her own most obsessed fan.

Was it the best decision on her part? I don't think so, to be very honest, the last time I heard of the dragons of pern before this obituary was in my high school English class. That's almost 7 years at this point. When you limit Internet publications you kind of ruin a way of "reminder" even if the messenger themselves are crappy at writing. I mean, I don't know a single person who thinks Valve wrote "Full Life Consequences", to think people are dumb enough to mistake such things shows she probably didn't have too much faith in humanity.

But then again, she might have felt she had "too many" fans as it were already.

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To be entirely fair, though, regarding the 'too many fans' comment - you don't write what could be argued as one of the most famous sci-fi books out there and then turn around and complain because people like it. That's just not right!

In retrospect, maybe she was a furry, because that seems in line with what I've seen some popular artists do! :D

+ Banrai

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There's always at least one fan that you really don't want as a fan, honestly.

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