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R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey, Creator of Pern and The Ship Who Sang
io9. We come from the future. ^ | November 21, 2011

Posted on 11/22/2011 7:36:09 PM PST by EveningStar

Anne McCaffrey wasn't just the inventor of Pern, the world where a whole society is based on dragon-riding. She was also an incredibly influential author who helped transform the way science fiction and fantasy authors wrote about women, and the way all of us thought about bodies and selfhood. She was the first woman to win a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award, as well as a Grand Master of science fiction.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: annemccaffrey; dragonriders; dragons; fantasy; literature; obituary; pern; sciencefiction
Science fiction author Anne McCaffrey dies at 85

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1 posted on 11/22/2011 7:36:15 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: KevinDavis; Borges

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2 posted on 11/22/2011 7:36:59 PM PST by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

She was one of my favorite writers when I was younger.


3 posted on 11/22/2011 7:47:49 PM PST by SuzyQue
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To: EveningStar

RIP, Anne. Your Dragonriders series helped me through many D&D dungeons. You will be sorely missed.


4 posted on 11/22/2011 7:48:19 PM PST by thoolou ("I may have invented it, but Bill made it famous." - David Bradley, inventor of Ctrl-Alt-Del)
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To: EveningStar

The ship who sang had an interesting and timely premise involving euthanasia of the severely disabled and educational debts that could take centuries to pay off.


5 posted on 11/22/2011 7:49:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: EveningStar

Sadness...

A wonderful woman. Her books gave me many hours of happiness in my youth.

Rest in peace, Anne. And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.


6 posted on 11/22/2011 7:50:36 PM PST by Ronin (If we were serious about using the death penalty as a deterrent, we would bring back public hangings)
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To: EveningStar

R.I.P.


7 posted on 11/22/2011 7:52:50 PM PST by vladimir998 (Public school grads are often too dumb to realize they're dumb)
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To: EveningStar

I really enjoyed her Pern books. Don’t know how I came to read Dragonriders of Pern, but she did create a fun world.

For those not in the know, Pern was a technologically backwards world where, when a dragon would hatch, it would “impress” on a rider and become their bosom companion, making that person quite special. Great Fantasy concept.


8 posted on 11/22/2011 7:53:00 PM PST by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: EveningStar

I enjoyed The Dragon Riders of Pern when it came out, and The Ship Who Sang. The later books, less so.

But she was very generous about recommending other authors, and must have helped sell their books, since you see her blurbs on the covers of all sorts of good SF writers.

Rest in peace.


9 posted on 11/22/2011 7:55:11 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius.2)
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To: I still care

Better yet, Pern was a technologically backward world that began technologically advanced enough to genetically create dragons and had in fact been settlers from space. At least till the violent earthquakes of the southern continent had driven them north. Threadfall was a recurring problem as well.


10 posted on 11/22/2011 7:56:27 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: EveningStar
She'll be missed, but what a legacy. I met her at a couple of professional functions and even in declining health she was wonderful.

Everybody talks about the dragons but I think Thread is one of sf's all-time great antagonists.

11 posted on 11/22/2011 8:00:35 PM PST by Snake65
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To: EveningStar

This is sad. The “Ship that Sang” and the few Pern books/stories that I read were really good.


12 posted on 11/22/2011 8:02:31 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: EveningStar

She had a lot of weaknesses as a storyteller and letting her son take over Pern was a mistake; but she was one of the staples of my teenage fandom and I did imagine what it would be like to be one of her dragon riders. Most of her Pern books have a place on my shelf, for nostalgia if nothing else.

Thanks for the stories, Anne.


13 posted on 11/22/2011 8:06:46 PM PST by JenB
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To: EveningStar

RIP Anne. I read the first “Dragon Riders of Pern”, but that book showed me that I simply did not like the “Fantasy” genre in Sci-Fi. Never could get into it, but I know many who loved her books. Just because I didn’t care for her stuff, doesn’t mean she wasn’t a Great.


14 posted on 11/22/2011 8:11:35 PM PST by Paradox (The rich SHOULD be paying more taxes, and they WOULD, if they could make more money.)
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To: EveningStar
This was on all the book discussion sites earlier.
She was quite talented.
15 posted on 11/22/2011 8:18:44 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: EveningStar
Sad news. I enjoyed her Pern series immensely.
RIP, Lady Anne.
16 posted on 11/22/2011 8:39:33 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: EveningStar

RIP Anne.


17 posted on 11/22/2011 8:55:22 PM PST by Fire_on_High (Gohmert ROCKS!)
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To: Paradox

I made it halfway through one of the books... lost interest and never finished it.


18 posted on 11/22/2011 9:11:15 PM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: EveningStar

RIP, Anne. Thanks for the wonderful stories.


19 posted on 11/22/2011 9:28:01 PM PST by Talisker (History will show the Illuminati won the ultimate Darwin Award.)
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To: EveningStar

“The Ship Who Sang” — a real classic. All “The Ship Who” stories were great but the first one was phenomenal, especially in that time period. Many of her Pern books were terrific, too (though I confess her later work in general palled on me a bit).

A terrific, ground-breaking writer. RIP, Anne.


20 posted on 11/22/2011 11:03:07 PM PST by Hetty_Fauxvert (Fuel up the Cain Train! Donate today! - - - https://www.hermancain.com/donate)
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To: EveningStar

Thanks. I read one or two books from each of her different series of books. Count me as a fan.


21 posted on 11/22/2011 11:11:37 PM PST by Daaave ("The ship will automatically destruct in "T" minus five minutes.")
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To: Pride in the USA

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22 posted on 11/22/2011 11:13:33 PM PST by lonevoice (Klepto Baracka Marxo, impeach we much. We will much about that be committed.)
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To: EveningStar

Sad. Years ago I read her books about Pern and the dragons. Very imaginative. I began reading sci-fi when in elementary school in the ‘50s, so it was probably in the 70-80s when I read her books when I ordered them from the Sci-Fi Book Club.

About 10 years ago, I donated 360 hardback books (most were sci-fi) to my local library and took the tax deduction.

Just checked my shelves and I still have one of Ann’s books that I have never read: “Freedom’s Landing”. Guess I should begin reading that one real soon.


23 posted on 11/23/2011 12:55:25 AM PST by octex
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To: EveningStar

Sad. Years ago I read her books about Pern and the dragons. Very imaginative. I began reading sci-fi when in elementary school in the ‘50s, so it was probably in the 70-80s when I read her books when I ordered them from the Sci-Fi Book Club.

About 10 years ago, I donated 360 hardback books (most were sci-fi) to my local library and took the tax deduction.

Just checked my shelves and I still have one of Ann’s books that I have never read: “Freedom’s Landing”. Guess I should begin reading that one real soon.


24 posted on 11/23/2011 12:57:53 AM PST by octex
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To: EveningStar

RIP. Thank you for Pern.


25 posted on 11/23/2011 3:27:50 AM PST by TheStickman
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To: EveningStar
RIP Anne.

My daughters and I thank you for the hours of enjoyment you've given us.

26 posted on 11/23/2011 3:34:43 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the law of Man)
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To: EveningStar
have most of her pern books,loved the white dragon and the harper hall books
27 posted on 11/23/2011 7:20:28 AM PST by Charlespg
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To: EveningStar

RIP.


28 posted on 11/23/2011 8:23:30 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Rick Perry has more red flags than a May Day Parade)
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To: lonevoice

I loved her dragon rider books when I was young. Rest in peace, Anne McCaffrey.


29 posted on 11/23/2011 11:29:46 AM PST by Pride in the USA
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