Anne McCaffrey: April 1, 1926 — November 21, 2011


Anne McCaffrey

It is with great sadness that Del Rey Books and Random House report the passing of beloved author Anne McCaffrey. Anne McCaffrey was best known for her award-winning and immensely popular Dragonriders of Pern® novels. McCaffrey died at her home in Ireland on November 21st shortly after suffering a stroke. She was 85 years old. She is survived by her two sons and daughter. We will provide more information as we receive it from Anne’s family.

  • Beth Meacham

    Very sad news. My condolences to Anne’s family

  • Eric Francis

    The Dragonrider and Harper series were a big part of why I became a life-long fantasy and science fiction reader. Rest in peace, Anne, and thank you.

  • Chana Hulsey and family

    Anne touched my entire family and was passed from mother to daughter and now granddaughters. I am crying over a woman who touched 3 generations and will continue to touch more. We love you Anne and know that your legacy will live on within my family and many others. You will be missed……

    the keening of all dragons follow you into the mists

  • Donna Berrier

    It is because of her that I love to read. Her books became a huge part of my childhood. Places that I could escape to. Thank you so much for that Anne. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and all of those whose lives she has touched.

  • drgnhlr

    My thoughts and prayers are with her family and all of the fans. Her books are among my top favorites.

  • Jason Landis

    Anne was one of three people who helped me choose to become a fiction writer. Pern still haunts my dreams after so many years, and like Robinton she may be missed but will never be forgotten. Sleep sweet Masterharper.

  • Mary

    I’m saddend by the loss of Ms McCaffrey. She was a great and wonderful talent in the world of fantasy. She has touched and inspired my family. From my mother, her sister and brother, to me and my brothers and their children. I know the world she created will live on and grow in capable hands and that would make her happy. Thank you to her for the hours of pleasure her words brought us all. Prayers and thoughts are with her family. Safe journey between.

  • Annie was kind to me early on — she was a great friend to so many emerging writers over the years. Her encouragement meant a lot back then, and her friendship even more as the years went on. She will be sorely missed.

  • Miriam

    She was a lovely lady and I will always remember the days she used to come and talk to us in the KTL chatroom. She is responsible for my love of reading and writing. Before discovering her dragonrider books I didn’t like reading. It was all downhill from there! RIP Dragon Lady, you will be missed by so many.

  • My condolences to all who knew her. McCaffrey really changed the game, and a huge influence not just on SF/F but on culture overall. She was truly a giant.

  • Evaine

    RIP, Anne. You and Katherine Kurtz created my great love of fantasy and alternate worlds. To this day, F’nor of \Dragonquest\ is still one of my favorite heroes of all genres. Thank you for helping to open my mind. Godspeed!

  • What a sad sad day. 🙁 Anne has gone between. Condolences to her family and to us all….. she brought SO MUCH PLEASURE to my life…. some of the most dog eared, re loaned and passed around books i ever owned are all Written by her. The world is a little less bright.

  • Luellen Gilmore

    Rest in peace Anne McCaffrey. You will be sorely missed.

  • Have fond memories of meeting Anne in Seattle and in Winnipeg at conventions. The first novel I remember reading of hers was “Restoree”. I still have a signed first edition paperback in my bookcase. One of the greats of the SF community, she will be missed. My condolences to Todd and the rest of her family.

  • Jim Johnson

    She will be missed

  • Allan Clark

    A very Sad day indeed, loved her books, gave me many hours of reading pleasure. Condolences to her family and friends

  • Eva Bradley

    I was fortunate enough to talk to her on the phone back in the 80’s about fiction writing. She was inspiring, kind and patient with my silly questions. I’ll always remember her fondly. My deepest condolences to her friends and family.

  • Hats off. A great lady passes by.

    Goodbye, dear Annie.

    Jane Yolen

  • Anne was a lovely lady and I will always remember the days she used to come and talk to us in the KTL chat room. She is responsible for my love of reading and writing. Before discovering her Dragons of Pern books I didn’t read for pleasure at all – it was all downhill from there, though! RIP Dragon Lady, you will be missed by so many.

  • Clark Myers

    She will be missed but I think the words of Peter Skellern are a fitting comfort to us all.
    Take it away Harper Peter!

  • You touched our hearts, imaginations, and our very souls, giving hope and joy, beauty and creation.
    May your adventures continue where you now are. You will be missed here, but we will try to celebrate all the joys you brought instead of mourning our own losses.
    Thank you, Annie.
    -Just another one of the nameless millions you touched

  • Lianne

    When I was a preteen, my mother handed by the Pern novels saying ‘you might like these’. This is what tipped me over into being a Fantasy/SF reader, instead of a reader who occasionally reads Fantasy/SF

  • Viv Gress

    We’ve lost a truly great writer, but she will always always be with us. Peace and thank you for everything.

  • Denise Ericksson

    You will be missed, but be at peace. I will always enjoy your Pern series. Thank you!

  • Rory Gravell

    I don’t know what to say, I’ve read and enjoyed her literary art all my life, its sad to thing she won’t be around to create more, however, her stories and heart will live on through her readers and those she inspired, myself included.
    Thankyou Anne, you will be missed!

  • Aaron

    Let the Harpers sing the their grief the Wier woman of all Pern has passed Beyond. It is with great sadness i read of her passing today as a youth in the early 70’s i was introduced to her worlds of Pern and dinoplanet as well as her stories of the Parapshyic Institute He3r worlds told the stories of real people in fantasy and science fiction worlds. Their problems were my problems and helped me deal with my own youthful troubles. If not for her works i may have ended up just another dropout with no future to look forward too.

  • Catherine Ford

    Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series helped me to survive highschool/college and become a strong woman and a leader. Here Pernese characters have been some of my best and most inspirational friends. I’m very sad to hear that she has passed and my thoughts are with her family.

  • Kytty

    I’m really saddened by this news. Anne McCaffrey was an author I discovered as a teenager – over 15 years ago – and she created worlds that made me wish I could be a part of, from harper, dragonrider, and talented because she made me love her characters so much.

    My condolences for her friends, her family, and all her avid readers, as she touched us through her books as well.

  • PGB

    Good night sweet lady. May flights of dragons sing thee to thy rest.

  • Derek van Koeverden

    Like so many people have already posted, Anne was one of the first authors I read for enjoyment. Her Pern books where so real to a my young mind that I soo wished to escape to Pern to help against the Thread. I really wish I had of had the chance to meet her….
    My condolences to her family and I hope she are riding for real with your beloved creations or sitting at a hearth chatting with Master Robinton now. You will be sorely missed 🙁

  • Sandi

    My thoughts to all her family. Anne was an amazing, brilliant woman with such a gift for making her worlds OUR worlds.

  • Carynn

    My sincere condolences to Anne McCaffrey’s family.. 🙁 Anne was such a huge part of my childhood, I read EVERY ONE of her books, multiple times. I fell in love with The Rowan, and that entire series, and also her Ship Who books. I purchased multiple copies as I wore them out. She was a great writer, and the world has lost someone really really special. 🙁 She became part of my life when I was little, and with her books she’ll always be a part of my life. Rest in peace, Anne, you will be greatly missed. 🙁

  • She gave us such gifts. Such wounderous places to go and characters to travel with. Her tales will continue to touch us. Condolences to her family.

  • Lynn

    Most sincere condolences to Ms. McCaffrey’s family at this time. I have been a fan for thirty four years, and she never let me down when I picked up one of her books! Since I own a “Merlin” I think my favorite was the slyly titled “Mark of Merlin”. What a wonderful writer, with a wicked sense of humor and a limitless imagination. I will remember her through her legacy of books.

  • readerdiane

    My condolences to her family at the loss of their beloved matriarch. I will miss a wonderful storyteller who took me away to her wondrous worlds. Her books have an honored place in my keeper bookcase. I have put Pern books in many an adolescent’s hand. We all want to belong some where and to be understood & loved.

  • I mourn Anne McCaffrey’s passing. I discovered the Pern series in the 1980s, reading it through via the State Library of Tasmania and following the series through the 90s and naughties. I love the richness of Anne’s storytelling, how she told similar events in different novels from different perspectives, and how the series moved from pure fantasy to science fiction.

    I will miss Anne as a role model and inspiring author.

  • Justin Semmel

    Vale Anne,

    You will be remembered by generations who love your work and the intimacy and enfranchisement you gave them, and by the family and friends who cherished your spirit and surrounded you.

    The bond between rider and dragon, that you gave us, will last a long time.

  • As the WeyrCat (the name I’ve use for my online self since I was 15… gods, 13 years now) I feel I must say Thank you to this lady who so shaped my young-teen reading habits. My mother owned tons of her books and I came to love more than the dragons she was so known for, but space, the exploration of other planets and peoples, technologies and what humans could achieve through science. Sure, some of them were a wee campy but her books largely shaped who I grew up to be. Writers touch people, and she definitely touched my life and therefore everyone in it. Thank you. ?

  • To this day, I still re-read the Harper Hall trilogy every couple of years. They meant so much to me as a kid—the idea that a gentle, creative spirit could find a place to be nurtured instead of squashed was (and is) incredibly important. I just finished reading them again last month, and gave the series to my daughter. Anne made a huge difference in my life, as she did in so many others, and while I am inexpressibly sad at her passing, I am eternally grateful that she shared her talent with us all.

  • Vicky Sailer

    Anne McCaffrey has been my favorite writer since I first read her Pern books in college. From that time on, she was the one author whose books I had to buy in hardcover unwilling to wait for paperback. I have spent many hours travelling her worlds and made many good friends through a shared fondness for her books.

    My sympathy goes out to her family.

    Thank you, Anne for some of the best hours of my life. Clear skies always1

  • I’ve dreaded this day, and now that it’s here, I’m so very saddened. I suppose I hoped that like Pern, Ms. McCaffrey would endure. I discovered the Dragonriders a good 30 years ago, now, and found in the pages a world I longed to visit and people I wished to meet. The richness of Ms. McCaffrey’s world-building encouraged me to keep dreaming, to keep writing, and to keep asking “what if…?”

    I’ve read Ms. McCaffrey off and on since then, often going back to old favorites but also exploring other worlds to which she introduced me, and each one lingered long after I’d finished the book.

    Perhaps, then, I was mistaken in what I wrote above. She WILL endure, through what she’s left us. Thank you, Ms. McCaffrey, for opening my mind to possibility.

    And my deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  • Rachel McCoy

    Anne McCaffrey let us see her soul through her writing, and I am just one of the millions of fans who discovered what a beautiful and creative soul it was. Thank you, Anne, for inspiring so many of us to love reading with your work.

  • Michael B

    So sad. Goodnight Anne McCaffrey. You’ll live on in the pages you wrote.

  • Laurel

    It is with deep sadness that I read tonight that Anne McCaffrey had passed. My deepest heartfelt condolences to her family, along with deep sadness, knowing that our World has lost the Talents of this great Lady.

    Thank you dear Lady, for the many hours of enjoyment you have given to me, and the rest of your millions of fans. May God hold you in his arms, and walk hand in hand with you through the gardens of Heaven.

  • She has always been one of my favorite authors. I’m quite sure I have every book she ever wrote in my bookshelves. I always got a great deal of enjoyment from all her writing. Rest in Peace, Anne McCaffrey.

  • Emie

    My sympathies to Anne’s family, friends, and fans. You books brought my hours of pleasure and still do!

  • John Martin

    My sincere condolences to the McCafferey family.

  • Cold Colder Coldest
    the whole of Pern has leapt between
    gone are our borrowed moments
    gone are our dragon dreams

    Anne McCaffrey RIP

  • RIP Anne McCaffrey. Thank you for the hours of escape. You shall be missed

  • Vicki Stoner

    I started reading Anne’s wonderful books when I was in high school , over 40 years ago. I introduced her to my father who taught me to love science fiction and later to my children. When my children were 10,8 & 6, I read “The Littlest Dragon Boy” out loud to them. They have all loved Anne and her awesome books and science fiction since then. All of them remember the story clearly 25 years later. Thank you Anne for helping me to share my love of reading with my children and now my grandchildren.

    My sympathy to Anne’s family and friends and please know she will never be forgotten.

  • Alysia Durlak

    From my family to hers, we are sorry for your loss. Her creativity and talent will be greatly missed as she was a huge part of us growing up. Condolences…

  • Heidi

    My deepest sympathy to Anne’s family. I began reading her books in high school, and her books opened up whole new worlds to me. She will be truly missed.

  • Thanks for all the stories and breaks from real life. You were a big help to a lot of people and a wonderful fable weaver.

    May the Lord by with you and your family.

    Paul Davis

  • JocelynDawn

    Anne impacted a lot of people through her books, including myself; I’ll miss her greatly. My condolences to her family.

  • Space Girl

    Rest in peace. Thank you for your great stories and strong female characters.

  • Scott Large

    May she be at peace, she changed many with her writing, myself included. Condolences to her family.

  • I have such fond memories of her work. Romance and Pern. Thank you for such great work.

  • Mary Conner

    May the Lord bless and keep you and your family in this time of grief. Mrs. McCaffrey touched my family and gave me the gift of learning that women could be strong, capable, and independent. RIP my Lady, you will be sorely missed.

  • Robin G

    Anne, you gave me many hours of pure entertainment. I WANTED to be a dragon rider! Thank you so much. You will be missed.

  • Bruce D. Reed

    The Dragon Lady
    visionary with a pen
    farewell cat friend
    no words of mine can come close
    can’t do what hers did to me
    My sympathy goes out to the family. Goodbye Anne, you touched my life many times.

  • Rebekkah Niles

    She was one of my greatest inpsirations. Her books will always mean the world to me.

  • John Mercurio

    Anne McCaffrey has gone Beyond. Those who dreamt of riding a dragon mourn her passing. The world is a lesser place now.

  • Christine Hill

    I can’t stop crying.

    Only a month ago, I had re-read the entire “The Tower and The Hive” series, and the few Dragoneriders of Pern (8) books that I own.

    I wish I’d been able to tell her while she was still alive that, since I was a teenager, I have read and loved her Pern series; the TTTH series. The characters, the emotions, the plots and the settings… all of them so rich and detailed and wonderful.

    May flights of Dragons take thee Between to thy rest, Ms. McCaffrey…. and thank you for so many years of amazing reading.

  • Lisa

    Thank you for the many amazing tales of a future that could be- you wove them together ….the first I ever picked up was Crystal Singer and so began my love affair with all your series…………..May God bless your soul and may your family remember the life you lived with peace in their hearts.

  • Grant Williamson

    Even since I discovered Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels in the early eighties the Dragons of Pern, the Ships Who Sang, and Pegasus/Rowen have ranked up there with the best I have ever read, and some of the few that reread on a regular basis. The world is a dark place with her passing. My sympathies go out to her family and all those that will mourn her.

  • Tracy

    Oh wow… I am crying over the loss of someone that helped me survive through some of the hardest years of my life. Her books inspired me and allowed me to escape to a place where dragons could be a girl’s best friend and the sky was literally the limit. The world has lost a truly amazing woman!!!

  • Alisa

    Anne did not teach me to read, but because of her I learned to love readings. I went from hating reading to devouring all of her books of every series she’d written in a mere matter of months, and I owe her so much of my success in life.

    My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. May they find comfort in knowing how truly and deeply she was loved by so very many adoring fans.

  • Linda

    I have spent many hours riding dragons above the caves, coves, mountains and fields of Pern. Thank you for transporting me from a mundane world to one of action and excitement and where anything was possible – even riding dragons. You will be missed.

  • Valarie Anne

    Anne has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I can still see the first time that I saw the Dragon Singer book cover as my parents read it. I was 5 years old. There isnt a time that I dont remember having one of her books, many of them I revisit yearly, or waiting ever so patiently for a new one to come out. I am glad that Todd is taking over the world. He is already doing a wonderful job. I met him at Dragon Con two years ago…hehe.. he reminds me of a cool college professor. I do regret not ever meeting Anne. She was a strong and intellegent woman who created worlds that I hope we, in reality, can aspire to. Anne, you will be greatly missed.

  • Yodamom

    You will be missed. You have given so much to the world with your words. I thank you. Love to you family, friends and fans.

  • Nelanie

    Rest in peace knowing that your writing and imagination touched the lives of many. I can still remember the day my Father introduced me to your worlds – it was a special gift to bring parent and child closer together. Prayers for your family…….

  • Joan

    I will ever remember that Dragonflight was the 1st sience fiction book that I read, and that started my love of the genre. Thank you Anne for opening my eyes to sci fi and to my first tattoo. You will be greatly missed.

  • Bob Storey

    Thank you, Anne, for some wonderful times in some wonderful places. You inspire me always.

  • Eileen Lyon

    I, too, cannot stop crying.

    I have lost part of my family. Not my blood, but a part of my soul family. I looked to Anne’s stories for comfort and solace for the last thirty years. Three decades of stories of hope, perseverance, courage, and unconditional love. In my mind Anne became the grandmother I always needed but never had.

    The top item on my bucket list is now crossed out. Not from completion, for I waited too long. That trip to Ireland to shake her hand and perhaps give her a hug for saving my mind/heart will never be.

    Blessed be, Annie Mac … if Pern is heaven, I will see you there one day!

  • Dawn

    The weyrs are all quiet, the dragons all still. We’ll keep watch. Rest Well, Dragon Lady.

  • Faith Hazen

    She touched 3 generations in our family and is like family because of how much her stories especially Pern have become a part of our lives. My mother passed 10 years ago and I have gotten to know her better through Pern. Pern was one of her favorite series and I had not read it until after her death. I have been a single mom for most of my kid’s life. My largest tattoo is a fire drake for my mom and now for Anne sitting on my left shoulder. It is not a gold only because the tale is not wrapped around my neck. Lady and you were and always will be a true lady, will be missed by our family greatly. My grandson will know you he is only five months old now.

  • Paula

    Farewell to a great lady. I received the Dragonriders of Pern as a gift. I bought many of her books and even named one of my cats after a character. I once even emailed her and received a lovely response back. You have much to be thanked for.

  • To Anne’s family – Her stories made me a better person. Thank you.

  • Gin

    She was my hero.

  • Anne Z-M.

    Oh, no…oh, no…even though death is that inevitable door through which we all must go, I don’t want it to be true. Anne, your books and stories gave me an escape from the wretchedness that was my adolescent and teenage years, and I wish I could’ve thanked you in person for that. My heart is heavy, but you’ve left some dear old friends behind in your wonderful work. I think I’ll go pull one off my shelf, and it’ll be like you’re still here. May you rest in peace, and my sincerest condolences to your family.

  • Meagan Watts

    Blessings to her family. Thanks for sharing her with us. We will miss her too.

  • Daniel

    This amazing lady not only taught me to love reading, she has influenced all the authors who came after her. A truly immortal legacy for her words will live till the end of humanity

  • Megan Brennan

    Dear Anne, you were gracious, kind, and encouraging to a gawky fan who loved your writing and inarticulately said so almost 30 years ago. You will be missed. May your rebirth be rich and joyful!

  • Godspeed, Anne. Rest in peace. You did the one thing that every great human being does to fulfill their destiny. You made a difference. That’s no small thing in this largely indiffeent world. You will be missed.

  • Elizaabeth

    Anne McCaffrey was a writer who knew how to make fantasy relevant to the real world. Menolly become one of my heroes in high school because she followed her passions despite all of the obstacles placed in her way. Menolly continues to be one of my favorite fictional characters to this day.

    Deepest condolences to all of Anne’s family. May she rest in peace. Her legacy will live for generations to come.

  • Steve R.

    Some of my earliest reading memories include Dragonriders short stories. I was so hoping she’d get to see her stories done properly in Hollywood now that they’ve got the CGI to do them justice.

    Sad day…

  • Steven Farrar

    Anne McCaffrey was my favorite author. She was also a wonderful person. I lost count many years ago how many times I have read and re-read many of her books. She was a champion for the underdog and for aspiring women authors. Her writing was unique in the depth of life which she infused into her characters and worlds she created, including profound observations in humanity, love and empathy. I will certainly miss Anne McCaffrey very much. I don’t see much commentary on her Talent series of books (I include the Tower and the Hive series in this), but these books were my favorite series and I think they particularly exemplify well her unique characterization of a depth of life. Rest in peace Anne and may her family have comfort and be blessed.

  • Calum Renton

    Gutted, you were a very influential author, you inspired me to greater things in my life and I’m proud to say I was reading your books before I had even turned 7. Rest in peace and my thoughts go out to your family.

  • Bonita Blumenauer

    Thank you Anne for teaching us how to fly with dragons and navigate our worlds with wonder. Because of you we can soar. May your new journey thrive with blessing!

  • Heather R

    I have loved Anne’s books from the first time I discovered Dragonflight. Like so many others, I would dearly love to go live on Pern just to see the dragons … riding would be a major thrill. Only in my imagination do I get to go, however, but oh, how much lessened the world is with her passing. My deepest condolences to her family and loved ones. Know that one more heart mourns with you.

  • RK RIce

    I just wanted to send my condolances to Anne’s family. I had so many years of total enjoyment from the Pern novels – and through them made many friends. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us for the time you were hear. Wind to your wings, Lady….

  • Joyce M

    Anne has gone between as many of her great queen riders have gone before here. Thank you for what you left behind.

  • Dawn B

    Rest well dear lady. You have touched hearts and inspired minds across generations. I hope you are flying mounted on the back of one your beautiful dragons where you have a clear view of all of those you have and will touch with your wondrous works. You will be missed.

  • Sharon

    It is with a heavy sigh and great sadness that I read this news today. It was almost 40 years ago that I was introduced to Anne’s writings. The Hobbit was my first fantasy but the Dragon Riders series was my next and lasting love. I have collected and kept them ever since and read through them many times. I have enjoyed the Crystal Singer series, Dinosaur Planet, Freedom, Acorna, and Brain Ship/City series as well. Anne took me to places wonderful and exciting where good was exalted and evil overcome. It is hard to hear of her passing. I do pray her family and dear friends are comforted during this time and that may she have found the ultimate rest. Go with God, Anne!

  • Lori Fuller

    Anne McCaffrey’s writing, as many others have said, helped tide me through a tumultuous early life. But more than that, it is really her writing which began a lifetime affair with textual medium. Certainly, I cannot lay claim to the skill and wit which she laid down in legendary fashion page after page, creating worlds and a universe that are suited to live in… but because she did write, I write now.

    There was a period in time where I lived heavily within the Crystal Singer universe, and over the course of this summer, I reread the entirety of the Pern series and the Tower novels. These books cannot be treasured enough in my library, and many is the time I’ve bought additional copies to hand on to friends and relatives, in the hopes that they too may find the enjoyment within their pages that I did.

    It is with heavy heart that I heard today of her passing. However, she will live on through her many, many works, and her universes will be shared with many throughout the coming decades. Thank you, Anne. You will be missed, but never forgotten.

  • Anne was an amazing person, she was so kind to each fan who spoke to her and each person to tell her they wanted to become a sf writer just like her. She was a ground breaking writer who wanted to share her stories with the world. I discovered her writing as a kid in high school

    You know, I am trying to write an amazing comment that will let everyone know how much she meant to me. But I can’t see the screen for crying.

  • Terri

    The whole world has suffered a loss but God has gained the very best of angels. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Her loss is felt deeply at my house.

  • The dragon rider series was a pivotal moment in my teenage life….I discovered a fabulous world filled with amazing characters written by a woman….It inspired me to write fantastical stories for myself and others…Thank you Anne, I enjoyed your sly humor in the books and the nods to other great SF writers… My thoughts go to your family and the SF community…We have all lost a brilliant Star!

  • Avis

    Just got the news… I am very sad. I love the Dragonriders of Pern. I was transported there.. It was a place for me to escape. Thank you Anne.

  • Denai Forrest

    Anne McCaffrey’s books on Pern were the first sci-fi/fantasy books that I ever read. I fell in love with that world and dreamed like so many others of riding a dragon. If Anne had her own dragon it would be a beautiful gold queen that would have taken her beyond, through the cold of Between, to a world where dragons and ole dragonriders go for a long deserved rest.. I have all of her books and re-read each series at least once a year. Anne and her wonderful world of Pern will be missed deeply. Deepest condolences to her family and beloved pets.

  • LadyFolder

    I discovered the Dragonriders of Pern in the late 1970s, and have re-read the books many times. I was privileged to meet Anne once in about 1985 0r 86, and enjoyed a long chat with her when, for some reason, there wasn’t anyone waiting to have books signed.
    My favorites (by series) are Pern first, then Killishandra and Helga, the Rowan & Pegasus series, followed by Acorna.
    Todd is doing some good work on his Pern books.
    Anne will be sorely missed.
    My condolences to her family.

  • Julia

    She’s basically why I learned to love reading. Thanks for everything <3

  • Helen “Meade” Baker

    My heart skipped a beat when i heard the news. Only in the last few months have I introduced my 12 year old daughter and my “weyrmate” to the wonders of Pern. It is a legacy which started with my Grandmother. Marlen Neumann first read on of Anne McCaffrey’s books at least 30 years ago. She was captivated by Anne’s descriptions of India. Having grown up there, she was amazed at how beautifully the country and culture was brought to life. I still have the letter that Anne wrote her back, all those years ago. Though my Grandmother and Anne are now both on the other side of the veil, my family continues to cherish the writings of a tremendous influence. I can only hope that her family hears and understands the amazing joy that she brought to so many families around the world.
    In love and deepest sympathies,
    Meade Baker

  • Jamie Leasure

    I loved Lady Anne, as another mother. My own mother got me started in reading her dragon books when i was a preteen. She got me started on the book “A Gift From Dragons”. I loved the book and got hooked on dragons. I am going on 20 now and have read and reread all of her pern books. And have read the Acorna Series as well but pern is my passion. As a Teen i was a slow reader, with a bab english grade. After reading a few of her books, my teachers wondered why my grades were going up and soon descovered i was reading Lady Annes books. Many of my teachers picked up her books with me and we all fell in love with them. We had common ground threw her where we did not before. Soon after getting into her books i started Role Playing after her books, which only further helped my writing skills. She has made me a better person; in that i am a better reader, writer, and just a all out happier person. I am happy to know that her books will continue threw her son Todd.
    May she fly on the Wings of Dragons, and when she gets to heaven will have her own gold she can fly on. Now to get a new tattoo a gold dragon for the Lovely Dragon Lady.

    My Deepest condolences to her family. She was and is a greatly loved lady who changed the world for all woman and people in general. God Bless.

  • Mikasuliel

    My condolences go out to Anne’s family during this sad time. She was a brilliantly beautiful soul and will be sorely missed, a great Masterharper has been lost. I grew up with Anne’s stories and they taught me always to have hope and never give up. When I’d heard the news, Menolly’s “Song for Petiron” came to mind:

    The tears I feel today
    I’ll wait to shed tomorrow.
    Though I’ll not sleep this night
    Nor find surcease from sorrow.
    My eyes must keep their sight:
    I dare not be tear-blinded.
    I must be free to talk
    Not choked with grief, clear-minded.
    My mouth cannot betray
    The anguish that I know.
    Yes, I’ll keep my tears till later:
    But my grief will never go.

    R.I.P. Anne

  • Susan Kirby

    Anne truly infused Magic into the pages of her books. They weren’t batches of bound paper you opened and read. You opened a door and lived in that world for a little while. Over and over, I would step into her worlds and never tire of visiting those places. My books are so worn from being clutched in my hands over the years that you can barely see the cover art. My copies belonged to my late father, he never officially “gave” them to me, I just decided to adopt them from the first time I read them from his library. I had never encountered a character like Lessa ever in a fantasy book, and definitely not in a young adult’s book. Lessa was not your usual heroine-she wasn’t perfect, she was flawed. Yet still, a man loved her. She could hear all the Dragons. And she saved the world. Thank you , Anne.

  • Stacy

    I am so sad to hear of Anne’s passing. I loved all of her books. She was an amazing writer. My condolences to all of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

  • RIP most honored Dragon Lady… condolences to the McCaffrey family…

    I grew up with Anne’s books and still cherish every single one I own, and I own nearly every one she wrote… She made an impact on me throughout my life and I can honestly say her books helped me through some of the toughest times in my life as I lost myself in the worlds she created…

    I have read her books over and over by myself and to my children. I have shared them with friends and family and will cherish and keep them until one of my grandchildren expresses interest in them …then I will hand them over to another generation to explore.

    What a a sad loss to the literary world and the world as a whole…
    Blessings to you Anne I hope your heaven is filled with Dragons
    )O(oOr ershovin

  • Gale Clark

    Anne will always be a piece of my life. I love her worlds, her characters, her stories. I have given away many, many copies of her books, using them to gently turn non-readers into readers. She never failed me. My daughter and I quote her stories to each other and know for certain that we are harpers born. After my first “Anne” book, The White Dragon, I always bought her new releases in hardback, as soon as they were available. I’ve never done that for any other author. Dragons, harpers, a ship who sang and near-magical cats; realms of imagination I run to over and over. I’ll miss you always. Thank you for giving us so much. I hope it was returned to you and yours ten time over and more.

  • Kat Kan

    Anne has been one of my very favorite authors ever since I first read Dragonflight at the age of 14. I sent her a fan letter, telling her we shared a birthday, and she wrote a gracious, sweet letter back. I had the opportunity to meet her a couple of times, she even came into my apartment once. I have read and reread her books so many times over the past several decades. Thank you, Anne, for so many hours of pleasure and for your kindnesses to a fan. My condolences to her family for their loss.

  • I was very saddened to hear about Anne McCaffrey’s death. Her books brought me a lot of enjoyment and were a topic of many interesting and fun conversations. I loved The Dragon’s of Pern series when I first read them – and totally wished for a dragon to be friends with … thank you Anne for brightening up my life and I hope you have a peaceful ride home. My condolences to her family and friends ….

  • Amanda Propeck

    I have been reading Anne’s books since I was very young, about 25 years. I fell in love with dragons because of her books. She spurred my creative writing efforts and my imagination because I lived her books when I read them. In fact, I am once again rereading the Dragonrider’s series. Yesterday, I read the Dolphins of Pern and today I am reading the Masterharper of Pern. I feel honored to have come to know her through her books even though I never met her. To her I owe all of my reading interests today. She was a truly amazing person and i will miss her and her new writing forever. At least I can always read her books and she will stay alive in that form. In the words of my other favorite author “Zhai’helleva ashke.” Gone but not forgotten Dragon Lady of Pern. Love always.

  • Dawn B.

    My heart goes out to the McCaffrey family. The world has lost a great woman whose stories I read over and over. My head was filled with dragons for many years and still is. I will miss opening a new book from you. May you have peace and happiness.

  • Cherie

    My deepest sympathies to Ms. McCaffrey’s family. Her books transitioned my childhood love of fairy tales and mythology into a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. She has left an indelible mark in my life, and I will miss her.

  • Amy Thacker

    She will be missed by millions. The science fiction fantasy world had lost one of its pioneers. Thank you Anne and your family for everything you have given us.

  • Rach

    Dear Anne, a long and happy life, you gave me so much pleasure with your writing, i don’t know what my teens and 20s would have been like without you, love always xxx

  • Vicky S

    What a loss to the world of sci fi fantasy. Her use of unusual situations with human understanding was superb in action and adventure and thought. I wish the McCaffrey family well and mourn the loss of such an excellent writer.

  • Lorene

    My heart goes out to the family. Anne was an amazing author. Many times I have read her books and they always bring me great pleasure. God’s Blessings on the McCaffrey family during this time.

  • Corrine

    When I grew out of the Babysitters Club, Nancy Drew, and Sweet Valley High books, I had only my mother’s book shelf to turn to. It was full of Stephen King and Dean Koontz and I went on a bad horror binge, until one day, there was only one book left.

    Morita: Dragon Lady of Pern

    It was the first sci-fi/fantasy books I had ever read that wasn’t a fairytale (I love fairy tales).

    I read every single book Anne McCaffrey wrote from the time I was 14, and then waited patiently for new ones. I remember the first wait clearly, because it was for Acorna’s People, which came out when I was 19. I read Pern, I read the Ships Who Sang. I read the Powers That Be. One series at a time, I read every single book she wrote up until 2005 when I went back to college and started reading shorter books just to be able to read (linguists read a lot of heavy stuff, light reading was about all I could handle until this year). My local library had to BORROW books for me, because I was that nagging. Once I started working, I bought every book I could.

    Anne lead me to some of my favorite authors, specifically Mercedes Lackey- easily my favorite author ever (fairy tales, ohhhh yeah).

    Thank you Anne, for dreams of dragons and flying, for inspiring my art work, and opening the doors to a whole new world for me. But, most of all, that you for inspiring me to write myself, and create whole worlds of my own.

    You will be sorely missed. Rest in peace most awesome lady.


  • Robyn

    I am so sad to hear that Anne has died. I have read her Pern series books so often that I have had to replace some of them as they haven fallen apart. In some of the dark times in my life I have turned to Anne and Pern to rejuvenate me and also to glory in Pern’s dragons.

    I have almost all of Anne’s books and I treasure them all.

    I had this fantasy of going to Ireland someday and visiting Anne to have a cup of tea. That is how she made me feel, and many other people as well, she was so accessible that we could pop up and have tea with her.

    Thank you so very much Anne for all that you have given us. There is no question, you will never be forgotten.

    My heart goes out to her family in this time of grief. Blessings.

  • Karl

    The Dragon tears are flowing… The Ship is silent… The Crystal Singer’s voice is silenced… We morn our loss, but rejoice in her life and works.

  • I have read re-read and re-re-read Anne McCaffrey books for nearly 40 years. Always thought it should be my mastermind category. Thank you for great role models and no namby pamby ones-the dream of a meeting of minds and pure escapism. You will be missed world wide.

  • Kattalakis

    I am told that I pulled my mother’s copy of “The Ship Who Sang” off her book shelf and taught my self to read by it at the age of three, seeing as it was her favorite book and the one read to me most often. From there I went on to Pern and Acornia and all the others over the past 23 years that I have been reading. Because of this wonderful woman, my heart was opened to the other worlds that books provided me as a lonely young woman with no close friends and no close neighbors save for my animals.

    While Anne’s words may have stopped flowing, they shall never stop touching the lives of those who first picked up her books and then passed them on to others. If there are dragons hiding out there in the world, I know that they have at last come to take one of their own home. Cry not for her passing but rejoice in the love that she has given all of us.

    Rest in peace dear lady, our thoughts and prayers go to be with your family.

  • I wanted to repost my Facebook update here in case Anne’s family may see these comments, to let them know that she indeed touched so many lives. Mine is among them. Thank you for sharing her with us!

    Anne is my favorite author. She is the woman who gave women a voice in sci-fi/fantasy. She created worlds and people that made my adolescent years bearable. She has impacted my life in ways I can never fully put into words. Anne is the reason I would like to write someday, the reason I earned a degree in English Literature. Her books were the impetus for me to meet my best friend and “twin”. I know so many readers who will miss this wonderful woman that we feel a kinship for, and even though she was not very mobile or prolific in her later years, her extensive life’s work is a shining example of what I want to leave behind when I die. I am immensely sad that I will never get the chance to have tea with her at Dragonhold-Underhill and talk of horses and dragons and the great wide universe.
    Words are not enough.
    We love you Anne.
    Thank you.

  • I was so upset when I saw this morning that Anne had died. All I could say was ‘OH! No!’ and ‘She was the same age as my mother.’ As with all the posts above I loved all her books and they and Stephen Kings’ books make up the main contents of my bookshelves. As others have said, Anne wrote in such a way that you went to Pern, you had adventure and suffered with the Pernese on their world, you rode the dragons, you felt and heard them, you lived that life. The same went for her other stories/series. She really had such a wonderful way of writing and bringing you into the worlds she created. The mark, in my mind, of a true writer. I have read the books that she wrote with others, including one of her sons, Todd, and I hope that he will continue her legacy with Pern at least.

    And to Anne, thank you for the legacy that you have left for those of us who have read your books and those that will follow after and also enjoy the worlds you created and populated.
    Thank you so much for the enjoyment that I have had from your writing.

  • John E

    Today, we mourn the passing of not just a great lady, but one of the most beloved authors of our time. I have enjoyed many of her books, those of the Dragonriders and other series she did. I have saved many of them to pass on to my children, and for awhile, I also had the honor of being a penpal with her.

    Anne, we all thank you for everything you’ve done for us. Rest well.

  • Skyedancer

    when I was in the navy she wrote to me and I will always treasure those memories because the first book I ever read of hers was The White Dragon. ^_^ I have always enjoyed her books and stories. I will always treasure the letters she wrote me as well as the advice she gave me. may she rest in peace and may her dragons continue to fly the skies of Pern. my condolences to her family and close friends because the world will mourn her passing and the world is a darker place since her bright light has faded from it. RIP Anne McCaffrey your passing will be a hard one to recover from.

  • Cami Jack

    Truly a great loss. My condolences to the entire McCaffrey clan. It’s amazing how someone you’ve never met can leave an empty hole in your world when she is gone. I treasure the dragons and their world that she created, and it is a fine and fitting legacy for a kind and gracious lady.

  • Penny Brannon

    I am so incredibly sad. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family. I am a dragon fan. Anne McCaffrey’s books fed my fire. It is such a sad day. The world has lost one of it’s most prolific and adored writers ever. She will never be forgotten. Fly with your dragons Anne, you will be greatly missed.

  • Steven Bromley

    Heart felt condolences to Anne McCaffreys family and children. My favourite author of all time will be sadly missed. I only hope that Annes legacy will not be forgotten by generations to come.

  • It is with great sadness I read this news. My condolences to her family. I have been reading her books for so many years. If I saw her name on a book, it was an automatic purchase. I often re-read her books with great pleasure.

    Thanks for all the wonderful stories you gave me.

  • Paul Benwell

    So sorry to hear the news. Her books are favourites of all my family. Many others have said how I feel better so I will simply say I met Anne in the late 80’s at the end of a book signing at Forbidden Planet in London. I was wearing a hand painted sweatshirt of a Pern dragon that a friend had made and Anne loved it and kindly signed it. The sweatshirt still exists along with prized signature. She chatted for ages after about it with me. A truely kind and lovely and very talented person.

    So thank you Anne and farewell.

  • Theresa Berry

    I have been a Pern fan since the first time I read “The Skies Of Pern”, which a friend bought for me for my birthday, knowing I loved dragons and reading. From that moment on, I was completely hooked. When I read these books, I often dream of living on Pern and impressing a dragon myself. With the passing of Anne, the world has lost one of it’s greatest souls and inspiring authors. I am so very relieved that she handed the reins of the Pern series to Todd when she did, so that it will (hopefully) be many years before I am cut off from my favourite universe. The world is a much qieter place without you Anne, we will all miss you. To the McCaffrey family, I give my most sincere condolences.

  • Nona Simons

    I have enjoyed many of Anne McCaffrey’s books. Of course the Pern series is a classic to be remembered. Even her new book about the young harper is memorable. And I love Sassanik and the lady doctor who kept having to go into deep sleep. Anne, thank you for all the enjoyment you have given us. To Anne’s family, my condolences; may you remain connected for eternity. May you all feel comforted and blessed with memories, good friends and loyal fans.

  • Gary Ruiz

    I’m shaken by this and wish her the best on her next adventure. She penned the first books I ever committed myself to reading and created a world I still dream of to this day. I’ll raise my next drink to you Anne and thank you for all you have given me…

  • Cathy Ott

    I’ll never forget her or the joy her words brought to my world. What a terrible way to greet a new day.

  • Cinojoynes

    Thank you Anne for the hours of magical escape throughout my endless childhood. The dragons mourn your passing between.

  • Beth

    My heartfelt condolences and prayers to her and her family. I was never much of a sci-fi reader, but when I started reading her books, it drew me into the world of flying dragons and other worlds. My husband has her entire series and some of her off-shoot books when she wrote about some of the main characters.

    I have started writing myself, for enjoyment and relaxation, but I know I will never achieve what Anne has and what another good author, Lilian Jackson Braun, who also passed away a few months ago, has. Both ladies will be missed. Godspeed to your afterlife, Anne, and I can just picture you now riding one of the beautiful dragons. You are loved and missed by all.

  • Judi Cook

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all of her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

    Her books brought so much joy and happiness into my life and I thank God I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful lady. She had a strong spirit along with a fantastic sense of humor, She never let her fans down even though she had so many health issues. May she rest in peace and know that she was loved and will be remembered.

  • Sue Wyllie

    My thoughts and condolences to Anne’s family and friends.

    I’ve been reading her books since I was a teen (45 now) and always enjoyed her engaging characters and the stories themselves. Though someone using the word \stories\ seems somehow wrong; faint praise for what they are.

    The world’s lost it’s beloved Dragon Lady and one hell of a Masterharper. She will be greatly missed.

  • Carol Parkinson

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. It has been in the back of my mind to write and tell the “Masterharper” how much her books have meant to me. I have read and re-read until the first two or three are almost dropping to pieces.

    Ann, you will be sadly missed, but I do hope the saga will go on, in the tender care of your son.

  • Tara Stevens

    So saddened to hear this news. Anne McCaffrey’s books were the second fantasy series I ever read (after Tolkien) and the series I turn to most often to re-read for pleasure. I’ve lived part time in Pern since I was 12, and read everything she had in print up to that point by the time I was 18. Condolences and heartfelt sympathy to her family. She will be missed by many.

  • Ali Grieve

    Anne McCaffrey was my favorite author. Period. I had the privilege of meeting her when she came to Seattle to be inducted into the SF Hall of Fame. We had dinner together several times and I got to see what an incredible person, not just author, she was. This lady was so full of life and adventure! I will cherish those memories for the rest of my life.
    To her family, my deepest condolences. You will be in my and many others thoughts & prayers.
    To Anne, enjoy your final flight.

  • Jonathan Cornwell

    In the way of old dragons that have outlived their riders, Anne McCaffery has passed between for the final time.

    Her Dragons series were the first fantasy books I read growing up and I became a life long fan of all her works. It is a rare thing to find an author with such passion and devotion to her fans driving herself through the aches and pain of advancing age. I read everything she had from Dragons and Crystalsinger universes. My condolences to her family and thanks for continuing her universe so that she may never die and they are her Magnum Opus.

    Along with countless others, I will sorely miss her and her boundless energy for her lifes’ work.

  • Myrna Johns

    I have a ton of books, and I re-read them all the time. But none so much as the ones from Anne. Not only did she have a way of writing that made me want to meet her characters, I also felt I already knew them. I lost a good friend two nights ago, and this loss hurts nearly as much. Anne McCaffrey you will be missed!

  • Rowan

    The dragons are keening for a great loss.

    Anne’s books shaped my teenage and college years. I am honored to have had the opportunity to chat with her at the Kitchen Table and will treasure the signed bookplate I won in a trivia contest there. One of my bookcases is full of only her books, many falling apart from the frequency in which they were read. The worlds she created are both extraordinary and real to the readers. She will be missed.

    Thank you, DragonLady, for everything you have given to us.

  • Gary

    My condolences to Ms McCaffrey’s family. Anne was my first introduction to Science Fiction and is still among my favorite authors. She will be sorely missed.

  • Colin

    Dear Anne,
    Thank you for all your wonderful books. “The White Dragon” and “The Ship Who Sang” will always be amongst my favourite books.
    You will be missed by many.

  • Reinhardt Mairunteregger

    Anne’s books were a and still are a great inspiration to me. When I read them, I felt as if I was maybe an inch tall and sat upon the shoulders of her dragons and characters. It allowed me to really get into it. She will definitely be sorely missed. May she be sitting upon a cloud somewhere and feel the heartfelt thanks from us who have enjoyed her writings!!!!

  • Philippa – Gloucestershire

    RIP Anne, you will be missed. My sympathies to the McCaffrey family and friends.

    My Stepmum introduced me to her stories when I was 18, I have really enjoyed reading her Dragon Riders of Pern series and have read the stories again and again. I love science fiction/ fantasy and thought her books the most individual, and brilliant that I have ever read. The way she built and developed her characters throughout the different novels made them seem almost like real people – I oftened wished I could meet some of her characters and have a conversation with them.

    A wonderful story teller, and a very inspiring woman.

  • Anthony

    Much has and will be said in thanks to a wonderful author. I have enjoyed her writings and characters. My condolences to her loving family and may her Dragons carry her to her next adventure!

  • Susan S

    A very sad day as the world has lost a truly great author. She could make worlds come alive – whether it be the series of Pern books, the Dinosaur/Sassinaks, Pegasuses, Rowans, or even A Stitch in Snow (which I’ve always wondered if it was actually a ‘real life’ story for her), Black Horses for the King, or her other non-scifi stuff. She made her worlds so complete, with human, flawed, real characters, that you would think you could go to the airport and get a ticket to go visit. I also loved how her book series intersected – like the Pegasus and Rowan series, two parts obviously far apart in their history, or Pern mentioning the same Exploration groups that the Dinosaur/Sasskinak series used.

    She was an incredibly intelligent and loving woman. Although I never got the chance to meet her in person, my parents attended a book signing for me and said they enjoyed chatting with her for even those few minutes (even though they’d never read scifi/fantasy books).

    I started reading her books when Pern only had 6 books and greatly identified with Menolly. Today, music (telling the story) and teaching remain two of the major parts of my life. I truly believe it’s because of Anne’s books.

    Anne, as someone else noted in their post, you were the ultimate MasterHarper. I sing with joy to celebrate the life you had and the special stories you’ve shared with the world, and the tears fall for the voice that is now silenced. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends as they gather to celebrate this wonderful lady.

  • Miguel from Swizterland

    Thank you Lady. RIP
    My condolences to the McAffrey Family.
    I started reading her Books when I was 12 now I’m 48 and still read them.

  • Dean

    Ms. McAffrey was a lady and a virtuoso storyteller. She drew us in, opened her worlds to us and we are forever enriched by that experience.

    “And now our honored Lady,
    Who gave us all her best,
    All the Weyrs of Pern now join,
    To sing thee to thy rest.”

    Hope to see you, Anne, when it’s my turn to go Between.

  • Nell KT Campbell

    I am not the first but I will add my voice to all that are honoring Anne McCaffery as The Master Harper. Thank you for all the worlds you created and the delightful personalities with which you populated them! I grew up with your stories and am just about to share them with my kids. Goodbye and God Bless you Anne.

  • Barbara

    I feel so fortunate to have met Anne on several occasions, I even had lunch with her and a couple of other writers in Belfast some years ago. And thanks to The Sign of the Dragon bookshop for introducing me to her and her works. She will be greatly missed.

  • Tracy

    The fact that so many people (including me) cite Anne McCaffrey’s books as the seeds from which their love of sci-fi/fantasy grew is a testament to the beautiful imagination she shared with the world. I can almost hear the dragons keening and the harpers singing her to sleep. Peace to her family.

  • Hanif

    It is sad to hear about the passing of Anne McCaffrey. She will forever live on through her stories.


  • Jacqueline Harrington

    Like so many others here, I started reading Anne’s books as a teenager – and, 30 years later, I am still reading them. She will be very sadly missed. Please pass on my condolences to her family.

  • Elizabeth S.

    You will be missed.
    My mother got me hooked on the Dragonriders when I was a young reader, and my sister got over her dislike for reading by reading the Rowan (talent) books so many times she had to buy a new set. We will visit your worlds as often as we can to say thank you for a break from ours.

  • Becky Dodge

    Her books are treasures. She is a favorite of 3 generations in my family, having been discovered by my oldest granddaughter this year. I still read the books again and again, even over 30 years after the first time. Sincere condolences to her family.

  • Julie Bloodworth

    Dragons everywhere are keening for this great Dragon Rider that has passed between for the last time. I bet the Crystal Singers stopped singing, Powers that Be will transform no more, all ships are also singing or computing and the Rowan crowd felt it when she left this world. Now Humans everywhere also are joining in this grief. I was in my 30’s when a friend introduced me to Anne during a time that was almost life ending for myself. Reading all of her books – I have everything that she has written by herself or in collaboration with another writer – gave me a sense of peace and rightness in the world. THANK YOU ANNE!

  • Fauster Kitchens

    This is a major loss for the sci-fi/fantasy community. She was an amazing, powerful female author in a genre so dominated by patriarchy. It is very seldom an author is able to create young female characters so full of power yet so real. I hope she died knowing that she inspired generations of people to embrace the power that woman can wield.

  • Black Duke

    Like Asimov, Heinlein, Norton, Clarke, and several others, Anne McCaffrey touched countless souls across time and space and has left a legacy of love, expansive horizons, fun stories, and positive characters for which others may aspire. She will be missed for not only her work, but her caring, her personal contact with youngsters, aspiring writers, and fans. May the others who ave preceeceded you into the Writes’ World welcome you into their august company.

  • RoseMari

    So sorry to hear this news. Condolences to the family of friends. I got started reading Ms. McCaffrey’s books by accident. “Renegades of Pern” was a book club selection of the month, and I forgot to return the card to say I didn’t want it. Once I received the book, I thought that I might as well read it, and so I was hooked. She had such a way of bringing believable characters to life in fantasy settings. Pretty soon, I was devouring all of her books that I could get my greedy little paws on. Ms. McCaffrey will be missed. RIP

  • Brenda Edde

    My deepest condolences to Ms. McCaffrey’s family. Her legacy of wonderous places and excitin adventures will live on forever.

  • Maureen B

    I was in grade six the first time I read one of Anne’s books and it got me hooked. It was my first adult novel and first introduction into sci-fi fantasy. I still have memories of playing “dragon riders” with my best friend.

    My condolences to Anne’s family.

  • Yvonne S

    I would just like to say thank you for getting me through my awful teenage years by being able to escape to other worlds.
    I will miss you.
    Condolences to the family.

  • Dawn

    I loved you, and your wonderful worlds full of magic. The dragons are trumpeting balefully.
    Condolences to your family.

  • Elizabeth Reed

    Such sad news for all of us. The Pern books are so special to me. I own them all and from time to time I reread them. I truly believe I should have been born in Pern, riding a dragon. With the passing of Ms McCaffrey, Gold Dragons everywhere mourn her departure. I had the opportunity to meet her at an ALA conference several years ago. It was one of the major highlights of my life! Rest In Peace Weyrwoman!

  • Laura P

    I first read Anne’s work over 30 years ago. She touched my heart and my imagination. I am so deeply saddened by her passing. My condolences go out to her family at this time of sadness.

  • Will Godfrey

    First of Anne’s stories I read was ‘A womanly talent’ which was of course an except from ‘To Ride Pegasus’. That was in the late 1960’s and I’m still enjoying her books. I will mess her greatly.

  • Susan

    You’ll come back when I read you, no need to say good-bye.

  • Fran Stephens

    So sorry to hear of this great lady’s passing. I have enjoyed her books/stories almost all my life and she is the only author that I collect in hard back (and I’m a voracious reader–approx 400 or more books a year). I re-read her books and recommend them to people all the time. I hope her family knows how many lives she touched positively and my heart goes out to them.

  • Elizabeth Heffner

    My deepest condolences to Anne’s family. She has touched so many lives with her wonderful imagination and true gift of storytelling – and will continue to do so as each new generation is introduced to her tales. Our children will immerse themselves in her worlds, just as we did, and will come to know the same joy and sense of wonderment. Somewhere, Anne will always be alive: in the glint of sunlight on the edge of a dragon wing, in a Harper’s strum and in the brilliant diamond song of a valley of crystal. As others have said, the dragons keen for her now but her spirit lives on.

  • Mary Metcalf

    When we think of individuals who changed lives and our culture (aka Steve Jobs), Anne McCaffrey should be right up there. Truly a deserving recipient of the Grand Master award.
    May her family find some comfort in the knowledge of a live so rich and with such impact.

  • Tira

    So hard to type this. I can’t believe you are gone forever “Between”. I owe so much of my happiness to you and your wonderful stories. Thru you and your sites I met and made so many life long friends. I had the distinct pleasure and honor of meeting you and I shall cherish the autographs I was so lucky to get. The memories of you zipping along at DC will forever make me smile.
    My deepest most sincere condolances to your family, your friends and your numerous fans.
    You will never know what a hole your passing has left in this world, and many others.

  • Melinda

    Heartbroken! What a treasured storyteller she was – my mother loved reading her books, I have almost all of them in my library, and intend to pass them to my daughter. She truly created a world inhabited by people you recognize – and told stories that were far more about the human condition than about “strange aliens” and technological marvels. My most heartfelt condolences to her family and close friends. She will be missed indeed!!

  • Raynn

    My very first foray into the adult section of the library was to find more Pern books, after reading the Harper Hall trilogy from the children’s section. I’ve re-read them many times since, most recently just this summer.

    She will be missed. My condolences to her family.

  • Shaun Buck

    A great story teller who will be greatly missed

  • Karyn O’Connell

    My sincerest sympathies to Anne’s family and friends. She has been my favourite author for as long as I can remember and will be deeply missed.

  • Sam Duckworth

    Our world is darker today
    Our friend Ann has passed away.
    Dragons the world around cry and keen
    Dear friends like her are rarely seen
    With a sad heart
    We part

    Blessed Be

  • Laurie

    Anne McCaffrey’s book made my teen life bearable. I bought the trilology of the Dragon Riders of Pern book club edition from a yard sale when I was 12. It took me a while to get into the writing style but shortly after I was completely hooked and have read nearly every Pern book written ever since. Thank you Anne for all the wonderful books. My condolences to your family, friends & furry friends that will surely miss you.

  • Karen

    I was truly sorry to just learn about Anne’s passing, my heart goes out to her family and friends. Anne’s books enriched my life since I was about 12 (a long time ago) when I discovered the Talent series. Which bizarrely I am rereading right at this moment and my husband just reread Decision at Doona so they are still very much part of our lives. I loved the way the books made me face difficult social concepts at a young age and made me understand that my gender was not something that should ever stand in my way. For that, I will always be grateful. Thank you Anne

  • Marcia Prince

    I have scoured the web to get hold of the few books you had written that I donot already own,and will still until I have them all. My one sanity aginst the world and now you are gone.
    My husband always mocks and says the story doesn’t change just because you reread the book ,he will never understand that it was your amazing style of writting that kept me enthralled for hours. You will be missed. Todd your job just got harder keep writting we will be there.
    Sincere Condolences

  • Anita Smith

    My condolences to the family of a truly great writer. Her books have sometimes been my mainstay. Thank you Anne for the difference you made in so many lives

  • Seer

    Godspeed Original Golden Queen Rider..

    Sympathies to family, friends and P.E.R.N.

  • bratbird

    Oh, how you will be missed. Thank you for writing some of my nearest and dearest books, and giving countless hours of getting lost in the pages. I send my heartfelt condolences to your family.

  • Dracena

    I am brought to tears! She is one of my most beloved writers of all times. Her strong female characters helped shape the adult I am today. Honor, strength, determination, integrity – the list could go on and on. I’m glad she touched so many as she did me. The world is not the same. I’m so happy I can visit her again and again till I die.

    Sympathies to the family, friends and fans.

  • Scott

    Thanks for the escape you provided a lonely farm boy. You are an inspiration and a talent that will be missed.

  • Pamela Moriarty

    Thank you, Anne, for the hours and hours of pleasure you gave me reading your Dragons of Pern series. I marveled at such imagination. You created an entire planet of humans and dragons that together made perfect sense. I read all your Dragon books, repeatedly, though I’m not a big scifi reader. They took me through a painful time in my life. God bless you, Anne, and my condolences to your family. I know Wicklow well, and am pleased you found refuge in such a beautiful place. The world is a poorer place for your absence.

  • Anne McCaffrey’s books have been comforting, eye-opening,amusing, touching, and loving. We (our family) loves the books. No one is immortal, but then no one ever truly dies when there is one person left to keep them in mind and heart. And Anne is sure to be remembered, and cherished by many for decades to come, we will miss her sorely

  • Diane Bonner

    I especially liked her Crystal Singer books and wish she had written more in that series.

  • Margaret Burwell

    No matter what she wrote, however improbable the plot, Anne McCaffrey’s books were always a must read for me. I would find myself sitting up until 2:00 or 3:00 am to finish the book. It’s sad that there will be no more late nights /early mornings to come.

  • Geri Lennon

    Beloved Dragon Rider, Queen of all sci fi, you will be missed by us all.
    Soar, my friend, soar. You will be sorely missed by us all.

  • Sandy Hagen

    RIP Anne.
    Thank you for the hours of pleasure your ‘Ships who Sang’, and ‘Pernese Dragons’ gave me. You’ll be sadly missed.

  • Chris Montrose

    I was so sorry to hear of Anne’s passing. Her books have been a bright light in my life and I will miss her inspiration all for rest of my life. She has been loved and had a wonderful life in Ireland and I just wish I had met her. You will be missed, Anne but all I have to do is read your book and you will be here with us all.

  • Robert Weldon

    I discovered the dragon rider series as a young teenager and instantly fell in love with the world of Pern. I also quickly found and read everything else by her I could lay my hands on. Fourty years later I still love the books and introduced my kids to them when they were old enough. She will be missed and fondly remembered as one of my favourite authors.

  • skyhook

    I first read DRoP back in ’79. Found Anne’s first sight back in ’99. Met my wife in ’01 in the new KTL. Met Anne at D*C in ’04 and served on “Anne Guard” in ’04 & ’05.

    I will sorely miss Anne, “The Lady” as I called her.
    She was a friend and I will miss her e-mails.
    As she makes hew way to the long sleep “Between” stars…

    “Make A Hole-Make It Wide”

    I will miss you Anne

  • I’m so sorry to hear this news. While we all know death comes to us all, Anne McCaffrey shared such incredible visions for those of us who needed a positive dream at a tough time in our lives. She dared to write serious books that teenagers desperately needed and which still inspire us in adulthood.

  • Niki Jones

    So sorry to read this, I can’t really say more than has already been said a hundred times.

    I hope you find your Dragons Anne, fly free.

    Niki x

  • Eric Johnson

    I began reading Anne McCaffrey books with the Dragon Riders of Pern. I never put down her books after that. This is a woman that captured your Imagination and carried you away to new and wonderful places. You will be greatly missed Anne. May the winds of Pern carry you ever higher.

    You left big footsteps to fill.


  • Ian

    Anne, I have counted you as one of my favourite authors for over 30 years, the magical stories you wove made you our planets Master Harper.

  • I am deeply saddened by this news, and my deepest condolences go out to family and friends alike.

    My life was forever changed by her Dragon Riders of Pern novels, most specifically the Harper Hall Trilogy. My mother was so taken by the series, and the characters that I have had the honor to be named after two. I am Menolly Robin, named after my mother’s two favorite characters. I started with the Harper Hall and branched out all over her works. I feel like I have lost a lifelong friend, she was a part of my life and my home for my entire life.

  • Prue

    I started by reading Dragonflight over 30 years ago. I still have that original book – and the rest of the series plus many more of Anne’s books. I loved Pern best of all – it seemed Anne wrote about it as if she’d been there, and met all those wonderful characters. Fitting that I’m re-reading the Dragon series at the moment.

    Thanks for all the pleasure you’ve given me over the years, Anne. They are priceless.
    Did the dragons of Pern keen at your passing? I’m sure they did.

    What a writer. What an imagination. What a loss.
    God bless

  • I have loved Anne’s books since I was around 10…that’s over 30 years, ya’ll! My first exposure to her world building books was “The White Dragon”…one of the many Dragon Riders of P.E.R.N. books. I later began to collect and devour every P.E.R.N. book I could get my hands on. I later did the same with the “Talented” series, “The Crystal Singer” trilogy, “The Ship Who…” series, and some of the books she co wrote with other sci-fi/fantasy writers.

    I feel like a life long, beloved friend has left my life. I will miss her, but will continue to love re-reading her books for the rest of my life, and sharing them with my children (and grandchildren when I have them).

    The queen’s den at Dragon-Under-Hill is empty now. The rider lies in state. Her family, friends and fans will miss and mourn her as deeply as keening dragons. Fly high, fair rider! You have finally, forever, passed “between”.

    Blessed Be, Blessed Be!

  • Arliss Wilson

    As I sit in front of computer typing this I have just to glance to my right to see that my Anne McCaffrey collection is the largest of all. She was an incredible writer who captured my imagination as well. I turned 50 this year and enjoy all her books but I still love to get lost in the world of Pern. I was talking to my daughter just the other day about reading The White Dragon. I’m sure she has gone ‘between’ to a world of dragons.

  • John

    As with thousands of other I grew up with her books. They were the only books I mainly read as I grew up.
    I considered it an honor when I got to work for Anne as one of her webmasters, then after I got to know her personally I considered it something I did for Annie, a good friend that helped me out.
    I will miss Anne. I hope her books continue to inspire many people years from now as they did for everyone here and now. And you who never met her can get to know Anne personally even now. She is there in her books.

  • Brian T

    Her soul and spirit have gone between borne on the back of a golden queen. I’ll cherish her stories forever. She was a most amazing female storyteller.

  • Susan

    Will miss you greatly.

    Grew up reading your books and encouraged my children to read them as well.
    Will continue to escape into your worlds forevermore.

    My condolances the her family

  • Anne McCaffrey was the author that helped me make the jump from Science Fiction to Fantasy and so has always had a special place in my heart. I hope that the love of her fans can help with her families grief. I doubt it, but I still hope. Thank you for sharing your mother with us.

  • I love her books and always will. She will be greatly missed by those of us who have learned to write SF/R by studying, and loving Anne’s wonderful books.

    Kaye Manro

  • I will always be grateful for having discovered Ms McCaffrey’s books. They have provided me with many hours of enjoyment, from Pern, to Crystal Singer, to Helva, and more. To be taken to other worlds through stories and books is a marvelous thing and Ms McCaffrey told those wonderful stories magnificently.

    God bless and condolances to her family and to her readers everywhere.


  • Amy & Ann G

    Our cousins gave us a copy of Drafonflight and Dragonquest for our birthday and thus our love for fantasy was born. Condolences to the family on such a great loss.

  • Nighteagle

    Anne is the person that got me to write. I met her the first time at a small convention call RovaCon in Salem Va at one of her many writers workshops. She was nice enough to look at some of my work and tell me if I didnt finish the stories and have them publish it would be a waste. I listend and did.

    I and most of the worl will miss the smile and hours of rapt attention this lady gave each of us.

    This one is for you my dear friend and mentor.

    In a dream time of long past.
    I remember a world of beauty.
    Crystal blue oceans.
    Blue skies laced with streamers of purplish clouds.
    Sandy beaches of golden grains.
    Rock piled high like castles in the land of the fae.
    Creatures playing games, laughter skipping across cool waters like flat stones.
    No anger, no pain. Just joy as the people dances under the fall of pink rain.
    No person wanted.
    No person cried.
    Children danced under that pristine sky.
    Knowledge was gifted.
    Differences embraced.
    Then I knew that soon I would have to leave this place.
    I felt no sadness.
    I felt no tears.
    For in this knowledge I need not fear.
    I created this wondrous world.
    A place to which I could escape.
    A world without sadness.
    A world filled with grace.
    So during my long labored days.
    I think of my hearts home.
    I smile to myself as I sing a soft voiced song.
    I see the confused looks of those I am with.
    They wonder at what I find this mirth.
    For never have they seen me pained or depressed.
    For my world awaits me when its time for me to rest.
    I offer you my world.
    I wish your presence there.
    Use it if you will.
    And escape for a little while.
    But remember one thing.
    The words others have spoke.
    It is but a dream sir.
    So there is no hope.
    But I smile and thank them.
    Leaving them to guess.
    And in the night when I close my eyes.
    Between waking and sleep.
    I travel to that world I made.
    And I sleep in blissful peace.

  • Julie O

    Was so sad to hear of Anne’s passing. I owe my love of reading to her and all those wonderful books she wrote. Ane made me laugh, cry, hope and dream, and gave me something special I carry within myself every day.

    To a great lady, who has inspired so many wonderful dreams, I salute you. May you forever be lifted upon the wings of your dragons

  • Bob G

    My condolences to to her family. I discovered her books when I was in University and couldn’t wait to read each new novel. I still have copies of the Ship Who Sang and the Pern novels. They fired this Engineer’s imagination and provided a welcome diversion from my professional work.

  • MPanthera

    I just reread “The Skies of Pern” last week; after a rereading of other books in the Pern series, I’ve read all of the Pern books over the years as well, They have been a favorite of mine fore over 30+ years now, I even read the first novel when it was published as a novella in a used copy of Analog too. So RIP Anne, and rdie on with the dragons now gra, diCisund lady.

  • Melinda Jade Shaw

    ??!?!?!?!!? (words fail)… wimper… wail… *tears flow slowly down face, creating rivulets of wetness; leaving behind, a memory of passage… of, ageless time… and sentiment… of this moment… in time; never to be repeated… never, to be forgot… through… eternity… on wings of dragons, and like “stardust”… in the eyes… of travelers… ridin’ the ageless solar wind!*

  • Melinda Jade Shaw

    I first met Anne, waaaaaay back; in the late 60’s or early 70’s, when she STILL lived in the San Fernando Valley… and, hardly anybody “knew”… the “lady with the cats”… that “liked to write about dragons”, and, “if she LIKED you… would “use you and your name”… in “one of her stories”… (you, can “find me”… in “one of the chapters” of “The Ship That Sang”… giggle!)… and, the “apple, and orange, and lemon trees” in the backyard… (avocado, too… but not so much)… that she’d “make pies from”… and, “just give away”… to, “whomever” would “happen along”… at the “right moment”… As I “slowly close mine eyes… it all comes back now; as if, it were yesterday)… “Good bye, Anne”… and, “may you be carried, to the land; where the dragons be… they’ve prepared a place… special.. as they knew… you would want… for eternity, and beyond” ~ “The Ship, That Wails and Moans… as its ion drive, powers it through; the gossamer gusts, of the Cosmic wind… on an endless, uncharted journey… to the great beyond… forevermore!!!

  • Andrew Norman

    Anne was one of the first authors that I read and introduced me to fantasy style. I will be reading her books to my kids.

    The world is a poorer place today.

  • Theo

    The world has lost one of the greatest writers of both SF and Fantasy. I had at first started with SF, Isaac Asimov, then it was Fritz Leiber that drew me into Fantasy; but it was Anne that wrote great stories on both sides that I devoured. The whole crystal singer series was something that I packed in my backpack when I was walking in Scotland, and I finished the books before the walk.
    I shall cherish the books I have that you wrote, and you will be in my memory forever.

  • Fiona

    I am deeply saddened to hear of Anne MacCaffrey’s death. My condolences to all her family, friends and other fans. In a world where representation of the female becomes ‘lesser’ everyday, she was one of the last stalwarts. I will miss her and the small security her presence offered me, both as a child and now, that female emancipation would last. The effect of her existence on my life is unknowable by anyone but me, but I know it to have been enormous and whether male or female my life and my opinion count. Anne MacCaffrey is one who gave me that awareness, against all odds, just by her example. Which woman will give such an example to a younger generation?

  • Adinda Volkers

    As a youngster, I read every book of Anne McCaffrey I could lay my hands on in public library’s. She wrote books I could relate to as a girl. Today I am a writer, published by a SF and Fantasy smallpress publisher in Holland.

    Anne McCaffrey had a significent influence on my writing. I am sorry to hear the world lost one of it’s prominent fantasy en SF writing lady’s, but I am confident her books will appeal to new generations of readers. And in that way, new generations of writers shall taste her work and be influenced as well…

    In distant space you go on Pegasus wings. The world has lost a great spirit.

  • Brian T

    Her soul and spirit have gone between borne on the back of a golden queen. I’ll cherish her stories forever. She was a most amazing female storyteller.

  • Adrienne

    I always wanted to meet her in person, and just missed my chance at DragonCon, as I went in 2010, and she was there in 2009. I grew up with her books, including Pern, Talents, and all the other works. If it had her name on it, I knew it would be a good book. She has always been catagorized as one of my favorite Authors, and I shall miss her work.
    My condolences to the entire Family, both blood relatives and fan based. She will be remembered forever by everyone who might pick up one of her books.

  • DaveP

    Thank you for blessing us with your wonderful books. All members of my family were touched by your words. Fly high and god speed on your next journey

  • Elaine

    So sorry to hear the sad news. The great Dragon Lady will be sorely missed. Sincere condolences to her family. RIP

  • tomvox

    So sad to hear this news. A great writer who appealed across the generations. It’s good to know that Todd will carry the baton forward and continue his mothers work. RIP

  • Well she has joined one of her many creations- The Master Harper of Pern, may she enjoy many tall tales and glasses of wine with him.
    I grew from a sullen teenager to a man with Jaxom and Ruth, once wrote to her over the death of the MasterHarper and got a card in reply, I sadly, have lost the card to my chagrin.
    May I wish all of her family my best wishes in this moment of rememberence.
    Karl W

  • Thomas Cho

    She taught me that genre was a framework not a set of boundaries.

    The seemingly smallest space is still big enough to do something
    incredibly cool.

    Bye Anne


  • Jim Richards

    O.o … I am bereft …. :'(

  • TJ Hapney

    I read the Harper Crafthall series around 1983 when I was in Jr. High. Since then I have read every book Anne McCaffrey wrote and she is one of the reasons I write. As a young girl I was entranced by the strong, adventurous women in her books. To this day Crystal Singer is among my favorite books and I re-read it at least once a year. Anne will be truly missed by me and so many others.

  • Graham Combs

    I first read THE SHIP WHO SANG in Analog. (A magazine, at that time, known for its somewhat conservative editorials but with a publishing range and taste I don’t think has been equaled. Hence Ms. McCaffrey. She also benefited from a period of stunning artwork. It is difficult to imagine such creative editorial expansiveness in the heavily politicized present.) Although I drifted away from science fiction and never took to fantasy, the story left a strong impression as did the magazine in which it appeared. The idea of not throwing people away because they are imperfect has also stuck with this Catholic convert. Why no movie? Well Hollywood’s science fiction bench is not deep. For those invested in her Pern series, I offer my condolences. It is a rare writer who creates a world. And the passing of its creator is like a death in the family.

  • Alex Moisan

    Anne Mccaffrey has meant so much to my wife over the years since I met her. The passion and love with which my wife has talked about her books, world and characters has been a joy and wonder to listen to. Myself I find I have now just recently started reading the Pern books and have realised what wonders I have been missing, and now Anne is gone. I truely hope she knows how many hearts she has touched and what she has given the world that will endure forever as we all read and re-read her wonderfull works. My sincere condolances to Anne’s family, and my sincere thanks to her for what she has given to the world. Be at peace.
    Alex Moisan

  • Sarah Moisan

    Today I cried for the Death of my favourite author Anne McCaffrey. Although I never met her, her books, her words had a profound effect on my life, and got me through some of the worst times I have ever experienced. Rest in peace Anne, I will think of you often. Condolences to the family you leave behind I am sure they will miss you much more than I.

  • Korrigan

    The best leave, while the worse still roam the world 🙁

    But as Gandalf said in another popular fantasy world: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”. Anne definitely did the best of it. And because of that, she will be immortal for us through her wonderful books.

    Thank you Anne. Thank you SO much.

  • Seliat

    The tears I feel today
    I’ll wait to shed tomorrow,
    Though I’ll not sleep this night
    Nor find surcease from sorrow.
    My eyes must keep their sight;
    I dare not be tear-blinded.
    I must be free to speak
    Not choked with grief, clear-minded.
    My tongue cannot betray
    The anguish that I know.
    I’ll keep my tears till later;
    But my grief will never go.

  • TJ Hapney

    Anne McCaffrey was my favorite author of all time. I loved that she had strong, adventurous women portrayed within her book. To this day, I still read Crystal Singer at least once per year. I read the Harper Crafthall series when I was in Jr. High and she is the reason I am a writer today. Ms. McCaffrey will be missed by me and so many others that I cannot begin to count their numbers. Long live the dragons of Pern….they were her ultimate legacy.

  • Laura T.

    Anne McCaffrey was a great lady as well as a very talented author and will be much missed. Rest well and know that you made a great difference in the lives of many. My thoughts are with her family in this difficult time.

  • Melody Burkholder

    I first met Anne’s Dragons, and Lessa from Ruatha when I was 11… Many many years later, I ‘met’ Lady Anne via email. She was kind enough to give me a few moments of her time, and reply to what was merely a fan girl message. I simply told her that I never ceased to be amazed by her books, and appreciated HER for introducing US to that whole world.
    Rest well great lady, and share a flagon of the Benden with the Harper.

  • Ms. McCaffrey’s Pern gave flight to my own fancies, and I am forever grateful to her for that. My thoughts are with her family, knowing how hard it is to lose a beloved parent. My thanks for sharing her with us. She will be greatly missed.

  • Jessica

    The Pern books were my first introduction to the realm of fantasy reading when I was just hitting my teen years, and I’ve loved keeping up with the world and the various characters ever since. I’ll be forever grateful to her for her wonderful books and I will be certain to pass them on to my own children. Rest in Peace, Anne.

  • M-M. K. Asenbauer

    I spent many hours wrapped in the world of Pern. She will be missed.

  • Alex

    My Mother introduced me to the Worlds of Anne McCaffrey when I was very young. I have had some hard times and it has been books of PERN that got me through my own Mother’s stroke and lingering passing. They have also gotten me through some very hard times and given me a comfortable place to escape to when I have needed it most. Thank You for everything, I will miss you!

  • Nancy

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I have almost all the dragon books. They have all been shared with friends and family. Anne McCaffrey was the best. I believe she is with her dragons and exploring other worlds. She will always be with me, through her books, I will miss her. Thank you for all the hours of reading and enjoyment, miss you.

  • Pat

    When asked who my facorite authors are I always say Anne McCaffrey and Robert Heinlein, they have both helped me through rough times with their ever uplifting view of people and the world and thier quirky senses of humor. the world is a poorer place without them

  • Bernee

    Anne has left the world a better place than it ever would have been without her wonderful books starting from her first, wonderful Restoree. I have loved her novels and short stories since I read my first dragonrider book decades ago when I was 13 years old. I have read every one of her books I could find multiple times over the years. She was the one who solidified Sci Fi and Fantasy as my two favorite genres. Hers was a soaring imagination and she took us flying over the world of Pern with her. She made us want to live in her various worlds, but Pern most of all. I will miss her storytelling genius sorely – sad I am, very sad.

  • Anita

    I’m over 60yrs old, and if It wasn’t for Anne I probably wouldn’t be as sane as I am now. She gave me a safe place to go to releave the mountainous stress I had to face in my life. I started reading her when my son brought home the first Pern book over 25years ago. I have purchased every book I could find and afford. And l look forward to re-reading them over and over again. I always wished she would have created a Pern Movie or series. I know there were attempts toward it but she never approved how they would have butchered her story line. I also wanted to see the many Dragons of Pern created in statues. But never transpired as far as I know. She will always be in my heart. Anita Vancouver Wa.

  • Melanie

    Anne introduced me to Pern and my love of Fantasy stories was born. Her wit and talent will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to her family – celebrate her life as you mourn her passing. She has touched so many with her work and her legacy will live in the hearts and minds of so many for generations to come.

    Melanie Alderson

  • Dianne Tabor

    Ms. McCaffrey,

    You will be greatly missed and the world has lost a wonderful and talented person.

    To the McCaffrey family,

    The world mourns with you. You have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Losing a mother is never easy and I know she loved you all dearly.

    Jeff and Dianne Tabor

  • Janis

    Anne, you will be missed. I am sad, so sad you are gone. Soar high on the wings of a Golden Queen Dragon like the Queen of writing you were. Find rest and peace in your beloved PERN.
    Many books and stories you penned but for me I lived and loved your DragonRiders all. I read and reread the books so many times. The books gave me a world to retreat to when times were rough. I looked forward to each new book Anne wrote. Anne, thank you for your wonderful stories. Todd, please continue the dragon stories. I’m so glad to know Dragonflight will soon be a movie. Sad that Anne didn’t live to see the movie released.
    My prayers to your family.
    God bless you all and give you peace during your sorrow.
    Thank you Anne.
    Rest In Peace.


  • Pavanne M Halpin

    I did not know about Anne and her dragons until I was in my 30’s. But, once I found the books I have loved every one and had to replace a couple several times over, though I still have the original White Dragon book. I wish I had gotten to meet her in person, but from what I know of what others have said and what I have read on her web pages and blog she was a wonderful person. My condolences to her family. I am sure she is soaring with her dragons.

  • My sincere condolences to Mrs. McCaffrey’s family for their loss. My dad passed away earlier this year but he left me with a love for sci-fi and Anne McCaffrey was one of his favorites. Her books were a way my father and I could bond. So her books meant a lot to my life. I loved her Talented Rowan series as well as the all famous Pern series. She was and always will be my favorite author. I realized something a few months ago about other books I’ve been reading and (this is just speculation) but it seems that these other romance sci-fi authors got some inspiration from Mrs. McCaffrey. I wish I could’ve met her.

  • Melvyn

    What a legacy she leaves behind her. Some of the best books I have ever read!
    My condolences to the family, and sincere appreciation for all she gave us.

  • James

    The Dragonriders of Pern was the first “grown up” book that I read when I got my first public library card.
    I looked forward to each new book that came out and read it from cover to cover, dreaming of flying against thread myself.
    Anne McCaffrey was among the greatest Science Fiction authors. She’ll be missed greatly and dearly.

    With Heart Felt Sympathy


  • Kathy Bennett

    My thoughts and prayers are with Anne’s family at this time. I will miss Anne’s stories immensely, having always looked forward to her next book almost immediately after reading the newest one. Blessings to all she loved and touched with her talents.

  • Sharon Klassen

    A friend first shared the Harper Hall series with me in the late 70’s and Anne’s stories have kept me company over 30 years now. They have been shared with family and friends and I have read most of them over a dozen times each. They have kept me company through my husband’s sea duty and quiet long snowy winter nights together once he’d return home again.
    And now, you are home in my heart and on Pern. We were glad to see you and Todd at DragonCon ’08. It was a dream come true. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your gift and hard work with us. Wishing peace to family and friends, our thought are with you.

  • Oh my… I just found out reading a post in the Fantasy section of Amazon. I am a writer, and have just published Mortal Conquests of the Dark Ages – The Wayfarers the first novel in this series. I must say Anne McCaffrey was one of the writers who inspired me to write fantasy. My condolences to her family.

  • Linda Morse

    The Master Harper ,Fire Lizards and Golden Dragons will sing you to your rest , Killashandra will find black crystal to guide you Brawn, Talent and Brianships travel with you now. We will miss you & your words will live on. Your genius survives you. Thank you for the hours of great enjoyment you have given all of us. I will treasure forever my card you sent me that shows the dragon addressing a conference “Anne McCaffrey fact or fiction”. Anne your words have enriched my whole family my children have grown up with your work and my grandchildren have been told the Pern stories. You are right up there with the great SF writers, including Austin Tappen Wright. Thank you for nearly 50 decades of wonderful worlds and words – Vale Anne McCaffrey

  • Julie Edenburn

    My sister and I discovered Anne just after Dragonflight came out in paperback. We were hooked! I have read everything she has ever written that I could find and enjoyed it all immensely. My deepest sympathy to all of her family. She has been and will ever be the best storyteller. Thank you for sharing all your worlds with us, you will never be forgotten.

  • Morris Gavant

    The greatest “DragonWriter” has gone Between.

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  • Lorraine Talbot-Smith

    Damn….all those times I was going to send a letter to Anne and didn’t and now I’ll never have the chance to tell her how much the books meant to me and then to my daughter.How we soared on the wings of dragons or visited with others to strange and alien worlds.How the strength of all her female characters shone through and inspired us.My belated sympathy to all her family. May dragons soar forever and harpers play for you for evermore.

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    Damn….all those times I was going to send a letter to Anne and didn’t and now I’ll never have the chance to tell her how much the books meant to me and then to my daughter.How we soared on the wings of dragons or visited with others to strange and alien worlds.How the strength of all her female characters shone through and inspired us.My belated sympathy to all her family. May dragons soar forever and harpers play for you for evermore.( Had problem sending)

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