?Best-selling, beloved fantasy author Anne McCaffrey passed earlier today at the age of 85. Although she wrote or co-wrote more than 100 books, she will be best remembered for her long-running Dragonriders of Pern serie. She was the first woman to win the Nebula and Hugo awards for science fiction writing, the first female science fiction/fantasy author on the New York Times best-seller list, and was made the 22nd Grand Master of the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2005.
Like so many nerds, I devoured all the Pern books I could get my hands on in middle school; I remember distinctly reading Dragonsdawn and discovering what I thought was a great fantasy series was secretly a science fiction story in disguise. It blew me away. So long, Anne, and thanks for all the dragons.