Anne McCaffrey, a Happy Birthday and remembrance

“Because we build the worlds we wouldn’t mind living in. They contain scary things, problems, but also a sense of rightness that makes them alive and makes us want to live there.” ~ Anne McCaffrey

Anne Inez McCaffrey was born April 1, 1926 in Cambridge, MA.  Ms. McCaffrey began publishing short fiction, of the speculative nature, in 1953 and her first novel, “Restoree,” was published in 1967. She went on to write dozens of novels with many set in the world of Pern as part of her most beloved series Dragonriders.

“A good story is a good story no matter who wrote it.” ~ Anne McCaffrey

Ms. McCaffrey was the first woman to win a Hugo for fiction and the first woman to win a Nebula both in 1968, in 2005 she received the SFWA Grand Master Award and in 2006 was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

“That’s what writing is all about, after all, making others see what you have put down on the page and believing that is does, or could, exist and you want to go there.” ~ Anne McCaffrey

On November 21, 2011 Anne McCaffrey passed away at the age of 85 at her home in Ireland. She was an amazing writer adept at combining science-fiction with elements of fantasy. Her love of books knew no bounds and her works inspired millions of young adults to develop a cherished connection with reading.

“I have a shelf of comfort books, which I read when the world closes in on me or something untoward happens.” ~ Anne McCaffrey

You can find Ms. McCaffrey’s obituary here.

Ms. McCaffrey’s entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction can be found here.