I’m going to spend a good portion of my Thanksgiving crying. I just discovered that my favorite author – the woman who introduced me to fantasy back in 1995; the woman who wrote a letter back to me on dragon stationary and signed it in purple ink – passed away.
Dear Anne McCaffrey,
Your books have been with me almost from the beginning. When I first started choosing bigger, better, more adult books back in sixth grade, your books were there. You introduced me to dragons, to fantasy, to new worlds. You introduced me to aliens who inspired our unicorn myths. You brought magic and science into my life like no one else. You inspired me to write. One day, when I’m brave enough to share any writings, it will because you inspired me to share my work. You have been a constant in my life.
Every year I reread some of your books. Every year I laugh, I cry, and I live with your characters again. I’m so glad that you were the first fantasy/science fiction writer I read.
I will miss you, Anne. My children and friends will know your works and they will love you as I love you. You will live on in our hearts and the hearts of all your fans.
Thank you for sharing your imagination with us over the years. Thank you for taking the time to write back to young girl years ago. Thank you for being there.
Your #1 Fan
For anyone who doesn’t know who Anne McCaffrey is, you should be ashamed of yourself. Read her Pern books, for starters. “Dragonsong,” “Dragonsinger,” and “Dragondrums” were the first books of hers that I read. They are amazing and wonderful books.
Thank you, and I hope you’re enjoying your time in Pern. ^_^