Monday, April 1, 2013

Anne McCaffrey wrote Dragonriders series

It is the birthday of science fiction writer Anne McCaffrey (1926), who is best remembered for her Dragonriders of Pern series (first published in 1967). She was the first woman writer to receive the Nebula Award of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She also won a Hugo Award for science fiction achievement. Dragonriders is set on the planet Pern, which colonists from Earth populate. Although they have lost their advanced technology, they genetically engineer dragons and ride them in defense of the planet against invaders from space. Her book Decision at Doona (1969) deals with an overcrowded planet where speaking too loudly is socially unacceptable. It was inspired by an incident when her son was in his fourth-grade play and was told to lower his voice.

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