Author Anne McCaffrey died. RIP.
I just learned that legendary sci-fi author Anne McCaffrey died on Monday at the age of 85. She had apparently been having health issues the last few months. A stroke is suspected. McCaffrey is most noted for her Dragonriders of Pern series and helped pave the way for female writers everywhere. She will be great missed.
Her family released this statement:
Anne McCaffrey ended a long and enormously successful life early Monday evening, November 21st, at her home in County Wicklow, Ireland. Surrounded by the reassuring presence of family and close friends, her passing was swift and without suffering. We, her children, are hugely comforted by the outpouring of sympathy flowing now from all over the world. Our mother’s talent was known to countless fans. Yet her greatest gift to us all has to have been her enormous heart. That she was able to touch so many with her tender and loving heart is the greatest source of pride we will forever enjoy. Words cannot express how grateful we are to the universe of her admirers, whose heartfelt condolences beguile us in our grief, which pales beside the joy we know Anne McCaffrey brought to so many people.