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Recommended Book: DRAGONWRITER edited by Todd McCaffrey


DRAGONWRITER:
A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern

ed by Todd McCaffrey

The dedication for Dragonwriter is to “all those who have found solace in the Worlds of Anne McCaffrey and Pern” and that’s exactly who this collection is for. All of us who’ve dreamed of her dragons, of flying her brainships, of being a Talent in our own right.

These essays all encompass different aspects of the same great woman, yet cross and overlap consistently to paint a picture of this larger than life, mischievous person who is Anne McCaffrey. Some of the essays head into the history of McCaffrey’s career, detailing certain aspects or shedding light on events that became turning points. Some of them give larger, more macro-oriented overviews. And some are more personal, more focused on the relationship between essay writer and McCaffrey.

All of the essays come from the writer’s specific viewpoint, highlighting the ways they knew McCaffrey and how she affected or influenced them. The writers are an eclectic bunch, with some of them being fellow writers who were either inspired by or mentored by McCaffrey in some way. Some of them knew her in other ways, such as being an editor she worked with, convention runners, a singer/songwriter, a cover artist, and, of course, her children, each of whom leave their own mark within these pages.

I recommend this non-fiction book for all who fell in love with McCaffrey’s fiction, regardless whether it was Pern who first brought you to her work or another of her series, especially as The Ship Who Sang is referenced a great deal, particularly in one emotional essay. This will only heighten your appreciation for these stories, as well as making you fall in love with the woman behind the words.


Thank you, Anne McCaffrey

A long time ago I picked up a copy of Dragonquest off the basement bookshelf. It was already torn and bent up, but it had a picture of a man holding a baby dragon. I was probably ten. Ten + Baby Dragon = Win.

I can’t honestly say that Anne McCaffrey was the most influential author in my youth (that distinction lies with L. Frank Baum), but she was second.

So, in the wake of her death, I wanted to thank her…

For teaching girls all across the world that we can ride dragons too.

For proving brains are just as important as brawn.

For showing how talent isn’t always set, that it can grow and morph and sometimes even explode into being.

For setting the stage for female characters to continuously become more and more on par with male ones.

For proving to me that motherhood and writing are not mutually exclusive.

For giving me the inspiration to wish that some day a little girl will dream of living in my worlds.

Thank you, Anne McCaffrey. May you rest in peace.