Anne McCaffrey has, sadly, passed between
I mentioned briefly on twitter that it has been a while, a long while, since I looked forward to a new Anne McCaffrey novel.
But I did once.
In fact Anne was one of the first
authors to go onto my "buy-in-hardcover" list once I had the income to support it.
I think my first encounter with her work was Dragonsinger: Harper of Pern
in high school but Dragonflight
and The Ship Who Sang
could not have been far behind. That I had read Dragonsong
second surprised her when I met her at a signing session in Perth (at The Space Merchants
as I recall).
These are works I still remember fondly, and which have stood the test of many adult rereads since.
The title story of The Ship Who Sang
collection still has the power to move me.
One of the early Helva stories, Dramatic Mission
, inspired what interest I have in seeing Shakespeare performed. The sheer passion
the plays in that story was impossible to deny.
I am not musically, or dramatically, inclined so catching my interest in such subjects (and, yes, I enjoyed The Crystal Singer
too) shows the love for performance that Anne had, and conveyed so well.
Vale Anne McCaffrey, you will be missed.