Anne McCaffrey 1926-2011

AnneMcCaffrey 1926-2011Beloved science fiction and fantasy novelist Anne McCaffrey, 85, died today, November 21, 2011, of a massive stroke at her home in Wicklow County, Ireland.

Anne Inez McCaffrey was born April 1, 1926 in Cambridge Massachusetts. She attended Radcliffe College, graduating in 1947, and worked as an advertising copywriter while directing and performing in stage productions. She married H. Wright Johnson in 1950, and had three children, Alec Anthony, Todd, and Georgeanne “Gigi”. She divorced Johnson in 1970, and moved to Ireland, where she opened a stable and began raising horses.

McCaffrey is best known for her long-running Pern series of SF novels and stories. Pern novel The White Dragon (1978) was the first hardcover SF novel to make the New York Times bestseller list. Many of the later books in the Pern series were written in collaboration with McCaffrey’s son Todd. In all she authored or co-wrote more than 100 titles, beginning with first novel Restoree (1967).

Her many honors include being named a Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Master (2005); induction into the SF Hall of Fame (2006); and a Robert A. Heinlein Award (2007). She was the first woman to win both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards, with “Weyr Search” (1968) and “Dragonrider” (1969) respectively.

To learn more about Anne McCaffrey visit her website at or visit your friendly Fountaindale Public Library and check out some of her books today.

– Lynnette


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