Anne Mccaffrey

November 23, 2011 by staff 

Anne Mccaffrey, American science fiction author Anne McCaffrey, who created the hugely popular Pern series of books about the symbiotic relationship between humans and dragons, died at home in Ireland on Monday, aged 85.

Her American publisher Random House said that McCaffrey passed away shortly after suffering a stroke. She is survived by her two sons and a daughter.

McCaffrey, who went on to publish almost 100 books, began her career in 1967 with Restoree, which she described as a “jab” at the way women were portrayed in science fiction. Later that year, she had the idea for the Dragonriders of Pern series, in which dragons and humans join forces to defend their planet from the deadly “thread” which falls from space and which, from 1967′s Weyr Search to the most recent Dragon’s Time, published this summer, became a smash hit.

“I suddenly wondered, ‘what if dragons were the good guys?’ Then I had to develop a planet which needed a renewable airforce against some unknown menace and came up with Pern, dragons, Thread and humans who impressed a hatchling in a lifelong symbiotic relationship,” McCaffrey wrote on her website. “Rather wonderful to have an intelligent partner that loves you unconditionally. Who wouldn’t like a 40ft telepathic dragon as their best friend? By the time my (then) children got home from school, I knew how it would all start: ‘Lessa woke, cold.’ I finished Weyr Search by summer.”

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