Anne McCaffrey has died

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Influential science fiction and fantasy novellist Anne McCaffrey died at her home in Ireland on November 21, 2011, ages 85, following a period of illness.

Best known for her incredible Dragonriders Of Pern series, which began in 1967 and has resulted in an incredible 22 books our of career featuring over a hundred, some of the more recent ones written as a collaboration with her son Todd McCaffrey.

In 1968 she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award or a Nebula Award, picking up Best Novella at both of the ceremonies for her first Pern story ‘Weyr Search’ which appeared in the pages of prestigious genre anthology¬†Analog Science Fiction And Fact, and the first women SF/F author to appear on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Neil Gaiman (pictured with Anne here) commented, “She was a wonderful, goodhearted, funny lady. Goodbye Annie. I’m glad I knew you.”

We can only echo those sentiments.