Certain authors, especially those you discover at a younger age, shape the way you read, write and approach fiction altogether. For me, one of these idols of the page was Anne McCaffrey.
I first met her through her Harper Hall of Pern trilogy, discovering the world of Pern and it’s dragons through the protagonist Menolly. From there I was hooked, latching on to her other characters, other stories. Devouring Pern and all the adventures and romance it offered. I owe an immense debt of gratitude to Dragonflight. Junior High Me scribbled away in her notebooks, shamelessly ripping off the heated moments between F’lar and Lessa for my own little stories. The novel had action, politics and a romantic subplot–all things I adore in the fiction I read nowadays.
The universes McCaffrey created were boundless, diverse and fraught with the complications of real life–which make her worlds seem all that more tangible. I’m deeply sorry to hear that she has passed and I thank her for all she did while she was with us.