Dec 182014
 

From my Newsletter:

I’m very pleased to confirm that Warner Brothers has optioned The Dragonriders of Pern® and it is in active development.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Hollywood, development is a very difficult process with many starts, stops, and bumps along the road.

We are all very hopeful.  Fingers crossed!

 Posted by at 03:09
May 252015
 

On the page at http://pernhome.com/aim/anne-mccaffrey/fans/fan-fiction-rules/ it says the following:

“Any reference to the mark “Dragonriders of Pern®” must be accompanied with a trademark notice indicating registration and my ownership of the mark. You may wish to consult your own attorney about online and Internet law and the rules governing copyright and trademark notices.”

After writing two fanfics based on the Dragonriders of Pern books, I decided to contact a trademark solicitor based on the advice given above, and she said that since my activities aren’t in the course of trade they can’t possibly infringe on your trademark, so my best response to you would be to respectfully refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram. Just sayin’.


Dear Sheogorath,

Firstly, congratulations on the fanfics! You join a rather elite group who have written Pern fan fiction, including Wen Spencer who wrote the marvelous Alien Taste series (also known as the Ukiah Oregon series) that Mum and I adored.

Pern, in the realm of fan fiction, has been a placed where many people have spread their literary wings or just escaped with their imagination and Mum was thrilled that her world and works were so loved.

Secondly, the purpose of the fan fiction rules was to ensure that legalities required to protect Mum’s hard work were followed (mine, too, now) so that there might possibly be a movie.

It sounds like you are following those guidelines in that your activities are “not in the course of trade” so I’m not at all sure why you’d want to refer anyone to Arkell v. Pressdram. Particularly me, as I am neither Anne McCaffrey, nor her lawyer.

Sincerely,

Todd

 Posted by at 22:52
May 242015
 

I am a huge fan of the Pern novels. I have many of them and have read most of them (including those you have written and co-written) several times.

My question is have you thought of updating the Pern dragon lovers guide to include the new novels that you have worked on?


Dear Eric,

Nope. The question has been asked but there’s a lot of work involved. The question becomes: more Pern books or an update to the DLG? The answser is always the former.

Cheers,

Todd

 Posted by at 23:26
May 242015
 

After the way you left the Sky Dragons I have been waiting to find out what happens next Please tell me that you will continue the story sometime soon I would love to find out how the others (Telgar Weyr) react to Xhinna, Fiona and the others returning to the current time with all the dragons that they have been raising back in the past and i would like to know what happened to Lorana as well


Dear Natasha,

I’m glad to hear that you’re curious to find out what happens!

I’ve been busy with other projects but will probably start looking Pernward in the near future — and, of course, the Third Pass will be on my mind!

Cheers,

Todd

 Posted by at 23:24
May 122015
 

I have read a lot of you and your mums books are they on iBooks I am blind and that’s the best way for me to read them . When is a new book coming out. Thanks for all the books you have written.


Dear Kyle,

Pern-wise I’ve got nothing coming out in the foreseeable future.

Mum, in her Will, requested that no one write on Pern except for myself and my sister, Georgeanne.

I’ve got my fingers crossed that Gigi (her nickname) will shortly take up the mantle and produce us a bright, shiny, marvelous new Pern book.

Cheers,

Todd

 Posted by at 16:34
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