Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011
Tor.com reports the sad news that Anne McCaffrey, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern series, passed away of a stroke in her home in Ireland yesterday at the age of 85.
McCaffrey was the first woman to win a Hugo Award (for the first Dragonrider story “Weyr Search” in 1968) as well as the first woman to win a Nebula Award (for the second Dragonrider story “Dragonrider” in 1969) and the first author to hit the New York Times Bestseller List with an SFF title (The White Dragon, the third book in the series).
In 1991 Dragonflight, the first Pern book published, was adapted as a set of three graphic novels by Eclipse. The first two were illustrated by Lela Dowling and Fred Von Tobel, the third by Lela Dowling and Cynthia Martin. The story was adapted by Brynne Stevens.
She was an incredibly gracious lady, and will be missed.