When Dragons Cry


Cincinnati, OH


Legendary author Anne McCaffrey has passed away. Her writing was born out of frustration. In an early interview, Ms. McCaffrey said she began writing sci-fi after reading the “unrealistic” portrayals of women in the genre. Her first novel was titled Restoree written in 1967, but the world of Pern is what caught readers imagination.

Beginning with Dragonriders of Pern, McCaffrey created a believable world that kept readers returning for nearly forty years and through fourteen “Pern” novels.

A gifted author, she was also gracious with her time giving many aspiring authors encouragement. Her advice that was given and repeated often: “ First – keep reading. Writers are readers. Writers are also people who can’t not write. Second, follow Heinlein’s rules for getting published. 1. Write it. 2. Finish it. 3. Send it out. 4. Keep sending it out until someone sends you a check. There are variations on that, but that’s basically what works.”

This is that day that dragons cry. Goodbye Ms. McCaffrey.