Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern

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A Tribute to SF Great Anne McCaffrey

Angelina Adams - David Brin - David Gerrold - John Goodwin - Janis Ian
Alec Johnson - Georgeanne Kennedy - Mercedes Lackey - Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
Lois McMaster Bujold - Elizabeth Moon - Charlotte Moore - Robert Neilson
Jody Lynn Nye & Bill Fawcett - Robin ...

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A Tribute to SF Great Anne McCaffrey

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

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 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.

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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.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781480536319
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Todd McCaffrey is the bestselling author of the Pern novels Dragonsblood, Dragonheart, and Dragongirl, and the co-author, with his mother, Anne McCaffrey, of Dragon’s Time, Dragon’s Kin, Dragon’s Fire, and Dragon Harper. A computer engineer, he currently lives in Los Angeles. Having grown up in Ireland with the epic of the Dragonriders of Pern,® he is bursting with ideas for new stories of that world, its people, and its dragons.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Good Info

    BEST book,yet! Loved the articles on her cronies. It gave me more insight on Anne McCaffrey! Catlya_191

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    If your a fan and want to know more its for you...

    A view of a very talented woman from the people who got to know her first hand...

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  • Posted March 1, 2014

    have been my reward and my pleasure for so many years. Her writi

    have been my reward and my pleasure for so many years. Her writing has brought me through tragedy, and pain, loneliness and heartache. And it’s hard to be in a world without another of her books to find the excitement and depth. I have seen the pictures of her words like movie screens of life, that would have the depth and breadth that I could never forget. I close my eyes and see Menolly running from the thread, in Dragonsong, the first book of hers that I had ever read, in some ways more treasured because the character had a way of escaping the life she did not want to lead. I can do the same thing with nearly all of her books. How interesting to find that A Stitch in the Snow, or The Freedom Series both start in my home town. I want to still see the Ireland of The Lady, and the rolling countryside of the landscape. I have named my pets, and my cars for characters in her books, because of their similar nature or personality. 

    Todd McCaffrey
    With reluctance and eager pride I have waited for this book to come out. Having read through Todd's introduction i have found out information i wondered about but had no need of knowing. Anne McCaffrey can lead her life in what ever manner, just that she continue to write her stories i would be complete with each new one. 

    Anne McCaffrey, Believer in Us
    David Brin talks of the depth of her writing the history of her stories showing us the struggles of our world to rise from the Dark Ages to the enlightenment. 

    Why are you reading this stupid shirt? 
    Sharon Lee and Steve Miller tell a story of personal experience of the quark and lovable nature of Anne McCaffrey, of her support, intelligence and strong nature. I laughed out-loud at her trundling around on a scooter,her influence on publishers, and writers. And her caring that she showed these two writers in re-birthing their series, and books.I am envious of the attention and appreciation they had and received from her. Most of all the since of humor, that gave Piemur his his personality, and Robinton all the characteristics that made him the MasterHarper of Pern...  

    Star power:
    John Goodwin talks of Anne McCaffry and her support of new writers, starting in 1986 when she sponcered The Writers of the future program, and the enforcement of female judges. Her joy of being able to preform during events at Dragoncon and other indications of her achieving her dreams that she had given up so long ago.  

    How the Dragonlady saved my Life
    David Gerrold is hilarious with his glasses or water. But the description of his friendship and mutual support he received from Anne McCaffrey will send you into giggles while you are commiserating with him and the difficult times he had that Anne was forced to save his life, even though it did not inspire his writing, but healed his spirit instead. 

    Robert Neilson
    A close family friend and fan talks about the kindness and fame of his friends mom. He gives antidotes of teenage impressions and the regretful goodbye of a dear and pivotal friendsgip.

    Lessons from Lessa
    Elizabeth Moon had grown up with the characters of the worlds of Anne McCaffrey. And as an enviable and collaborative artist help build one of the predominate thematic series that Anne was known for. I envy her luck talent and twenty plus year friendship with our mutually idealized role model.

    Flying in New Directions
    Robin Roberts' award winning biography of Anne McCaffrey has shown a woman who wrote science fiction and changed the genre. She took the traditional roles and placed them on their heads making the genre better and more popular then ever. But it wasn't just changing things it was creating a cooperative world(s) which she shared with other writers which maybe her legacy. I hope so too... I want to see more books by Todd, Rose or other authors who have worked with her... Yes, tell each of them this fan would be willing to allow them to expand and change Anne McCaffrey' s worlds just to keep escaping into them.... Anne McCaffrey has given me so much in the past two years I have missed her... Yes Todd I have read all your digital books. As I have bought and treasured book written by other contributors on their own worlds... 

    Modeling the writer's life
    Lois McMaster Bujold tells how role models can give the best inspiration. From childhood Lois has heard of or read Anne McCaffrey's books. She sees her as a model for young girls, writers, and women. Her triumphs well earned and lovingly greeted. Her abilities well shown and well lived. And her home office the envy of writers. I asked a friend if he had a chance on his trip to Ireland to just take a pic of the house or area.. not to bother her but I wanted to see Dragons hold... he couldn't find it.. so he brought back a license plate for the area... It is great part in this story to her how her home was...

    All the Weyrs of Pern 
    Wen Spencer is a writer coming from a different perspective. Wen wrote fanfiction of Pern, and her involvement of the fan club not only taught her how to write but supported her learning ability until she was able to produce her own first published novel. 

    The McCaffrey effect
    Jody Lynn Nye, and Bill Fawcett talk about the society with in Anne McCaffrey' s books and how fans found acceptance with in her stories and the fan groups. Whether its fan fiction, gatherings or just websites for fans

    The ships that were
    Mercedes Lackey tells the story of her involvement and development in the first dystopian series of Anne McCaffrey how ground breaking the ship who sang was. How in those pages how she removed obstacles for her characters from technology and society. I never considered the story to have been written before the development of PC's or home computers when i read the book in the 90'S I just thought it was a wonderful concept. I noticed the problem of forced indentured service but I was so involved with the characters I figure Helva and the other brainships would win out. This essay opened my eyes to how dynamic and broad reaching the story was. I have read and treasured the Brainship series over half of them are in hard back, and written by other authors but still remain predominately with my collection of Anne McCaffrey books.

    The Dragonlady's Songs
    Elizabeth Ann Scarborough speaks of anne McCaffrey and her sue of music, bards, and harpers. within her various books Elizabeth Scarborough looks at how the idea of using music as a memory for an illiterate society. 

    Religion on Pern?
    Richard J Woods relates the history and stories of Anne Mccaffrey in a religious nature. Referred to as the weyr chaplain, he had many discussions and interchanges over the years about religion, Pern, beliefs and nature. The biggest surprise was a final book, hopefully to be published...(Please Todd, Alec or Georgeanne, Rose...) I found that she was as I am in her beliefs... 

    Annie and horses
    Chelsea Quinn Yarbro is a close friend, fellow writer, and horse lover. She speaks about horses, and Dragons. 

    Picturing Pern
    Michael Whelan's art work is why i bought the copy of this book when I saw it in the store. Looking at his pictures i realized how much his concepts affected my perception of dragons in the stories. 

    Red Star Rising
    Alec Johnson is Anne McCaffrey' s oldest son, and a modern day activist. He enjoyed his mothers continued support from his early teens and on. Anne McCaffrey gave him all she could, first allowing him use of her memo machine, to funding his second start at college.

    Changes without Notice 
    Angelina Adams' story shows the dynamic nature of Anne Mccaffrey's writing and how as a fan you will find yourself transported by her stories. And sometimes the stories find you at the right time in your life. this story is about a mother who found inspiration in the ship who sang, and the con, weyr sites who gave her focus and

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    Posted August 30, 2013

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