Month: July 2012

Wrap-up: Comic-Con 2012

Wrap-up: Comic-Con 2012


It was less crowded this year than the last year I went.

I got my new copy of Tau Zero by Rob Reid signed!

I got to meet Claudia Christian (but I didn’t say much because I didn’t want to bother her).

I had a great signing at the Random House booth. Thanks to the great people at Random House and all the marvelous Mysterious Galaxy people!

I also had a marvelous dinner with John Del Arroz, his wife, Sam, and his “convention mom” (wow, I didn’t know you could have a convention mom!). John is an awesome guy and I expect to hear more from him soon (the usual rules apply: don’t forget me when autographing your New York Times Bestseller books!).

I was down for Preview Night and, after three hours on the concrete floor, my feet were kiling me. On Saturday, I was down for pretty much the entire day — nearly twelve hours and didn’t fell nearly as bad. The difference: I was wearing Dr. Scholl’s inserts. We’d been at a Rite-Aid and there was one of their magical measuring machines and I figured that I might as well give it a try. It certainly seemed to make a difference (still, it’s not the same as Doc Martens’).

Letter from Pat

Letter from Pat

Dear Todd –

This is simply a very long overdue “Thank you”, for continuing the Pern series so seamlessly from where your amazing mother left off. I’ve been a McCaffrey fan for approximately 31 years, thanks to my sister who gifted me a boxed set of three paperback books. The first book was The White Dragon and I’ve been hooked ever since and I’ve read – and purchased – every book that has the McCaffrey name on it. Finances made me stop purchasing any books shortly after your second co-written book but I am now catching up.

I wish you the same success your mother enjoyed and look forward to many more years of escaping to Pern.

Again, thank you for the many hours of enjoyment your writing has provided.


Dear Pat,


Glad to hear you’re able to catch up (I understand about finances, there’s a reason we talk about “starving artists”).

Not many years okay I came to the realization that to write on Pern I would have to write better than Mum. I mentioned that to her in one of our phone conversations and she told to go for it (with her undertone saying, “Good luck!”). She’s a hard act to follow but that makes it all the more interesting.


Letter from Calvin

Letter from Calvin

I am currently deployed and I wrote you not knowing the “tech/software” problems you were having.

I first would like to convey my condolences though I know that no words can ease the anguish that you must be feeling. I have grown up reading the books that she wrote and though I mostly stick to biographies, science and alot of technical manuals related to my craft I have always kept her books in my library and can’t seem to put them down.

I was very grateful when my wife sent me a Nook and it had 15 books written by her on it. It makes my deployment easier when I can wind down and read books that I grew up with. I have added the ones that you teamed up with your Mother and the ones that you have written recently. I had to find a good connection to be able to download them.

I do have a question for you. Do you know when all her books will be put into some sort of ebook format? I know that the Harper Hall trilogy is not among them right now and I would love to be able to have that to read as well.
Thank you for taking the time to read my email and I look forward to the future stories that you may add to the Pern saga.

U.S. Army(DV)
Southern Afghanistan


I served in the US Army for four years in Germany with the old 1st Infantry Division (Forward). My uncle was in WWII and Korea; my grandfather served in WWI, WWII, and worked with the UN in Korea. My hat’s off to you for your service and I hope your deployment is not too hard.

Thank you for your condolences.

With regards to your question, a lot of the older books weren’t made into eBooks because the original contracts didn’t allow that. It’s taking a while to get all that sorted out, particularly with the Harper Hall as those books are actually pubished through a different publisher (Bantam). Hopefully the ammendments will get sorted soon and you’ll be able to get the Harper Hall in eBook format.


Letter from Terry

Letter from Terry

First off, my belated condolences on your wonderfully talented mother passing away. I have been reading Pern books since a kind Librarian introduced me to the series during a summer reading program and I was running out of appropriate books to read. I have been a fan ever since and re-read them often.

I am not able to access the FAQ’s so here goes. There was a reference to a forthcoming book “Dragonrider” at the end of Dragongirl. Has this been renamed or postponed at this time? I really am interested in what happens to Lorana timing it into the future and how this will affect Fiona’s current time.

Thank you for your time.



Thank you.

“Dragonrider” has become Dragon’s Time and “Dragon’s Time” has become Sky Dragons. Both are now in print.


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