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 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.



 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!



 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.



 Posted by at 16:34
May 122015

Hello Mr. Todd McCaffrey, I wanted to ask if I did artwork of Pern characters and dragons, but my interpretation, and to be able to sell it as Pern merchandise with copyrights, do I go through Anne McCaffreys’ estate aka you, for permission? Do I go through Warner Bros too? I just want to make sure it is all legal, and accepted, before I do anything…I realize that you/the estate would get some profit, but I have no idea if my dragons are different from Warner Bros, how that would work? Please let me know, and thank you Todd, love the dragon books you did!

Dear Connie,

Firstly, I’m not one of the Executors of Mum’s estate. Anything I say is purely my own conjecture and has no bearing on the Estate.

I suspect, however, that you will not be able to get copyright for your artwork. I imagine that Warner Brothers would prefer wait until they have their own imagery and license that instead.

I haven’t the foggiest notion of how to go about getting in touch with Warner Brothers on this issue. I do suspect that, as they haven’t started actually filming, they’re probably not interested in worrying about merchandizing rights at this time.



P.S.: I suspect your spell-checker did you a disservice; when I got your original my name was mis-spelled: ‘McCaffery.’ The e & r should be reversed. As I like to say, we’re “free” (‘frey’) not “furry” (‘fery’).

 Posted by at 16:31
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