The first time I ever read Anne McCaffrey was when my parents brought her books home. They were taking turns reading them. Mom read them in the mornings, Dad read them late at night and I read them during the middle of the night or in the afternoon.
I was twelve, and my parents and I were all captivated by the world of Pern. Her books were the first adult science fiction/fantasy books I’d ever read. For the span of a couple months, my mother, my father and I lived in the world of Pern, talking about our experiences inhabiting these books, trying not to reveal spoilers if one of us was too far ahead in the book.
Yesterday, at 85, she died. She was a pioneer for women in the science fiction/fantasy genre. She constantly spoke out against sexist portrayals of women in the genre, was the first woman to win a Hugo Award and tirelessly supported other young writers of both sexes, mentoring those who were inspired by her prolific, spellbinding prose.
Her books helped shaped my imagination and the imaginations of millions of others. She will be dearly missed. Her stories, however, will stay with us.
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