Anne McCaffrey Passes Away at 85

Random House released a statement this afternoon confirming that fantasy author Anne McCaffrey has passed away at age 85. Reports say that she suffered a stroke in her home in Ireland.

McCaffrey is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series. She began her career in 1967 with the novel Restoree, and was rumored to be working on the 23rd installment in the Pern series to be released next year.

I had the great pleasure of interviewing Mrs. McCaffrey in 2003 and am still struck by the memory of our meeting. Her love for the worlds she created  was immense and she was alight when she talked about Pern and the characters that were like children to her. Though I think we spent more time talking about her horses and riding once we discovered a mutual love for the sport! She will be missed by many readers, this one included.

20 Responses to Anne McCaffrey Passes Away at 85

    • Thinking about it, I take consolation in the fact that she lived so long and wrote so many books. The world would have been a slightly darker (certain less dragon filled) place without her.

  1. I have every single one of her books, all of them. Short story compilations, dinosaur planet series, everything. The dragons are keening tonight. And I feel an overwhelming desire to go pull out Dragonflight.

  2. This is horrible. The world will mourn an absolutely amazing author tonight….. She was my all time favorite author. I was actually just reading Dragon Quest before I saw this… I feel like this is even worse than Brekke losing Wirenth… I will miss you Anne. I hope Todd continues writing the Pern series at least..

  3. She was and always will be an inspiration. To those who think her passing is all bad, I would like to say that death is not always a bad thing, but it does seem to have a rather nasty knack for being untimely. I salute her and her gifted abilities to put into words the dreams that kept her in living, will continue keep her in passing and I hope will give us a dream for sharing in her stead. I can only dream that we are worthy of as much.

  4. The white Dragon has finally gone to her resting place, may all your literary friends welcome you.

    Being a avid reader of Anne i will miss searching the book stores for new editions of her work, with luck
    more adventures will be forth-coming from Todd.

    Respect Tsurwolf

  5. I am saddened by her passing, but secure that the Great Dragon will pass her into BETWEEN gently. My salute {standing at attention, arm bend and hand straight} to our Weyrwoman. If you are reading this Todd, my best and condolenses to you and your family.

  6. I’ve heard that there will finally be a Dragonriders movie. I only hope that Todd will maintain the same integrity his mother showed in insisting that the movie be made to her standards if it is to be done. I’d come to believe that this was one of the reasons she’s been training him up in writing in her world, so, please, Todd… let’s make sure it’s done right.

  7. Oh man… I used to read her books back when I was a kid. I remember first reading about Pern and thought it was cool (you know, music and dragons and all) and I just couldn't put them down. Sad times…. sad times indeed. Later!

  8. D: Noo! My Dad gave me his old Dragonriders of Pern books when I was about 12 and I loved them. One of the first fantasy authors I seriously got into. RIP Anne.

    Also, that 'the Dragons are keening tonight' comment almost had me welling up :(

  9. Damn…the world just lost one of the greatest authors of any kind- certainly the most creative and imaginative. Like so many others I fell in love with her Dragonriders of Pern novels with Moreta being my favorite. She inspired me to write my own tales and that there people with a similar love to my own in Dragons and fantasy and sci-fi. I don't know who I'll start reading now that two of my favorite authors have passed away. (Michael Crichton being the other.) RIP Anne- the world will surely mourn you…

  10. I loved these books sooo much, they had a great impact on me during a very hard childhood. They will forever be a part of my life and the lives of my childern.

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