The author who gave us the magical world of Pern has passed away. Anne McCaffrey passed away today at the age of 85. She is survived by her three children.
Random House Books has also acknowledged the writer’s death. A post now up at the publisher’s site reads, “McCaffrey died at her home in Ireland on November 21st shortly after suffering a stroke.”
The trailblazing writer helped usher in a new era for women writers of science-fiction and fantasy. McCaffrey was the first to be given a Hugo Award in 1968 and a Nebula Award one year later. She was also the first woman with a science fiction title on The New York Times Best Seller list in 1978, with “The White Dragon.”
Extremely prolific, she published nearly 100 books, mainly fiction, starting in 1967. She emigrated to Ireland (from America) in 1970. McCaffrey was also a large collaborator. Up until 1990, she co-authored more than 30 books — 15 with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. She also co-wrote with Margaret Ball, Mercedes Lackey, Elizabeth Moon, Jody Lynn Nye and S. M. Stirling.
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame inducted her June 17, 2006.