requiscat in pace, dear anne

Anne McCaffrey died yesterday. (Here’s GeekDad on it. And here a Reader writes about what Anne McCaffrey and the world of Pern meant to her.)

I’m a little surprised at how much that hit me. I haven’t read one of her books in ages. But there was a time…

I first discovered McCaffrey and Pern when I was in high school and my high school boyfriend’s mom lent me books. She started me with the Dragon Singer trilogy and then I read the Dragon Rider books. My favorite was DragonQuest. I liked Brekke and F’nor better than Lessa and F’lar. I even wrote a sonnet from F’nor to Brekke in a creative writing class. Yes, I am that much of a geek.

In college, my roommates and I all read Anne McCaffrey: the Pern books, The Ship Who Sang, and others. On June 3, 1992, we went to the county south of us to a book signing. I didn’t realize then that I could have brought any book and she would have signed it, so I dutifully bought the book she was promoting. It’s a sequel to a book I hadn’t read, so I still haven’t actually read it, but there it is. She was utterly gracious to each person as we went through the autograph line, stopping to make a specific comment to each person. I’m sure I could find our exact conversation written in a journal from the time, but it had something to do with my first name which is a literary creation and somewhat less common in the US than it is in the UK, at least for people of a certain age.

McCaffrey, among others, is important as an early woman author in science fiction/fantasy, and, I think, in establishing strong character development in science fiction stories. Character development is my #1 criterion for books, so for that I salute her.

I am reminded today of how absorbed I have been in the world of books at times in my life. Pern was a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for creating it for us, Ms. McCaffrey.

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3 Responses to requiscat in pace, dear anne

  1. Deanna Long says:

    Another way I’ll think of boyfriend’s mother when I look at the so appropriate needlepoint she made for our family.

  2. Terri says:

    As one is not ordinarily drawn to science fiction and fantasy books I have never her books…may have to check one out…

  3. Kim says:

    I, too, was sorry to hear that she had died. I loved to read her books.

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