Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern

Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern

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by Todd McCaffrey
     
 

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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 Pern® series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre.…  See more details below

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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 Pern® series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre.

In Dragonwriter, Anne’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 Award–winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern’s Lessa (and from Lessa’s creator); Hugo Award–winner David Brin recalls Anne’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 Anne’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.

Contributors include:

• Angelina Adams
• David Brin
• David Gerrold
• John Goodwin
• Janis Ian
• Alec Johnson
• Georgeanne Kennedy
• Mercedes Lackey
• Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
• Lois McMaster Bujold
• Elizabeth Moon
• Charlotte Moore
• Robert Neilson
• Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett
• Robin Roberts
• Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
• Wen Spencer
• Michael Whelan
• Richard J. Woods
• Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/14/2013
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. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937856830
Publisher:
BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date:
08/06/2013
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
249,417
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet 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.

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