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When Anne McCaffrey passed in November 2011, it was not only those closest to her who mourned her death; legions of readers also felt the loss deeply. The pioneering science fiction author behind the Dragonriders of Pernand#174; series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre.
In Dragonwriter, Anneand#8217;s son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Awardand#150;winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pernand#8217;s Lessa (and from Lessaand#8217;s creator); Hugo Awardand#150;winner David Brin recalls Anneand#8217;s steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan shares (and tells stories about) never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more.
Join Anneand#8217;s co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life, and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it.
and#149; Angelina Adams
and#149; David Brin
and#149; David Gerrold
and#149; John Goodwin
and#149; Janis Ian
and#149; Alec Johnson
and#149; Georgeanne Kennedy
and#149; Mercedes Lackey
and#149; Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
and#149; Lois McMaster Bujold
and#149; Elizabeth Moon
and#149; Charlotte Moore
and#149; Robert Neilson
and#149; Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett
and#149; Robin Roberts
and#149; Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
and#149; Wen Spencer
and#149; Michael Whelan
and#149; Richard J. Woods
and#149; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
"Fan fiction is the appropriation and use of characters and plots from popular books, television series, and movies by amateur writers. It's a genre that's most often associated with the Fifty Shades trilogy. The spread of fan fiction may be facilitated by the Internet, but as Jamison, a University of Utah literature professor, and the dozens of other contributors show, it is in no way new nor is it inherently uncreative. After presenting examples of classical, medieval, and Sherlock Holmes inspired fan fiction, Jamison takes readers on a tour of the field as it developed in the 20th century, focusing on television- and book-based fan fiction of the 1990s and 2000s, a period when technology allowed people across the globe to share their enthusiasms online. Though to some readers, fan fictioneers may look suspiciously like anarchic communitarians at best, or thieves at worst, this book, with a foreword by Lev Grossman, takes a sympathetic and supportive look at the unconventional practice, highlighting both its precedents and the benefits this mixing of ideas can bring. Those already in the know about fan fiction may find little that is new here, but those unfamiliar with the field would do well to read this text. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Science fiction Grand Master Anne McCaffrey and her work, particularly her Dragonriders of Pern series, are beloved by generations of readers. She was one of the first science fiction writers to appear on the New York Times
bestseller list, the first woman to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and an inductee to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Her death in November 2011 was met with an outpouring of grief and memories from those whose lives her stories had touched.
Edited by her son Todd, Dragonwriter collects McCaffreys friends, fans, and professional admirers to remember and pay tribute to the pioneering science fiction author, from the way her love of music and horses influenced her work to her redefinition of the SF genre.
Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Lois McMaster Bujold
Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett
Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Richard J. Woods
Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
About the Author
Todd Johnson McCaffrey
wrote his first science-fiction story when he was twelve and has been writing on and off ever since. Including the New York Times
bestselling Dragon's Fire
, he has written eight books in the Pern universe both solo and in collaboration with his mother, Anne McCaffrey; appeared in many anthologies, most recently with his short story, "Coward," in When the Hero Comes Home
(2011), and with "Robin Redbreast" in the forthcoming When the Villain Returns
(August 2012), and the mini-anthology Six
He is currently working on several non-Pern books, including the near future City of Angels and an alternate history steam world where Bonnie Prince Charlie captures London and restores the Stuarts to the thrones of England and Scotland.
Visit his website at http://www.toddmccaffrey.org.