May her Memory be for a Blessing


I just sat down to the news that Anne McCaffrey has died.

You may wonder what a Rock Fiction author like me is doing being upset about a Science Fiction/Fantasy author like McCaffrey.

Let’s just say she was one of the first authors whose world — that of Pern — set my imagination awing (yeah, I’m groaning at that one, myself). She taught me more about world-building and the way in which a book — or, in this case, a series of books — can be your best friend. Even today, when I need a comfort read, I turn to the original two trilogies. One of these days, I’ll even get my kids to read them.

I even wrote about my relationship to this series, back in 2009, as part of the Rosie’s Riveters series at BookLust.

We’ve known this day was coming, when we’d lose Anne. After all, life’s a cycle and there’s only one way out of it.

I hadn’t thought it would be yesterday, but I’m glad it wasn’t much sooner.

Rest easily, Anne. You did something I only aspire to: you changed lives. For the better.



  1. Shah Wharton

    November 23, 2011 9:52 am

    Hi – Found you on Becks hop today and you are in my blog roll. I look forward to future visits. Just to let you know, if you do enjoy writing challenges I have started a new meme called Storyteller – collect prompts every weekend, link up between Wednesday to Tuesday. Simple.

    Otherwise I do a Creative meme on the weekend where I welcome submissions from all bloggers of who create something, including a piece of writing. Other than these things, check out the calender page for other articles, including those on writing, reviews and guest posts.

    Shah. X

  2. Alice Audrey

    November 23, 2011 5:40 pm

    I already got my kids hooked on Dragon Rider series. Funny, I was wondering just yesterday how she was doing. Sorry to hear she’s gone.

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