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American sci-fi author Anne McCaffrey dies at 85

23rd November 2011

The renowned sci-fi and fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey, who was best known for her Dragonriders of Pern novels, died at her home in Ireland on Monday.

'It is with great sadness that Del Rey Books and Random House report the passing of beloved author Anne McCaffrey,' her publisher Random House said in a statement.

'McCaffrey died at her home in Ireland on November 21st shortly after suffering a stroke. She was 85-years-old.'

She started her prolific writing career, which saw her pen more than 100 books, with the 1967 novel Restoree.

It was written as a protest against the portrayal of women in sci-fi novels in the 50s and 60s.

Just a year later, in 1968, she became the first woman to claim a Hugo Award for Best Novella with Weyr Search, a short story within her Dragonflight collection.

Despite her association with telepathic dragons due to the success of the Dragonriders of Pern series, McCaffrey always claimed The Ship Who Sang was actually her favourite novel.
 

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