Month: September 2012

Comment from Joyce

Comment from Joyce

Please do a Dragon Holder Part 2
Finish your Mom’s biography

PS I Loved Six write more

Hi Joyce,

Thanks! I liked Six too.

I’m not planning a Dragonholder part 2 partly because Robin Wright did a more in-depth biography, A Life With Dragons.

I am hoping to re-issue Dragonholder with the marvelous Rowena cover that so pleased Mum (“She took twenty pounds off, bless her!”).

Also, I can’t do a Dragonholder part 2 if I’m busy working on more sequels to Six!

Question from Fred

Question from Fred

Mr. McCaffrey –

I am a great fan of the Pern series. I am also a great fan of ebook readers. I live in BC, Canada, and am trying to find a copy of the Harper Hall Trilogy for my ebook reader. Are you able to tell me if and when any resellers will be selling these to Canadian customers in some ebook form?

Thank you,



The answer is yes but it’ll take a while. I believe (don’t quote me on this) that Transworld handles the Canadian side of things although in this case the first sticking point is that when the original Harper Hall books were written, they weren’t any eBooks. So the contracts have had to be amended and the books converted into eBook format and then they’ll get on sale.

Hopefully you won’t have to wait too much longer!


Letter from Tom

Letter from Tom

Hi Todd,
Will you write the final Lessa book you mentioned before that your Mum was going to write ” After the Fall”?

I think the ones you wrote are good almost up to her standard.

All the best writers have left us Heinlein, Asimov, Clark & McCaffrey only Elizabeth Moon and you left.

Best Wishes Tom

Hi Tom,

Well, now, I don’t think we’ve lost all the best writers! I know that Mum would have disagreed, too! If you haven’t had the chance to read Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosign series, or David Weber’s Honor Harringotn series, or Patricia Briggs’ Mercedes Thomson books or Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series, then I could see how you might perhaps think so! (Not to mention Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files or countless other good reads.)

I think that we’re getting many very excellent new writers and I’m pretty sure we’ll continue to do so (else reading would get very boring).

Don’t forget Elizabeth Ann Scarborough who not only collaborated with Mum but also wrote many great novels on her own, including the Nebula-Award winning Healer’s War.

As for After the Fall is Over, we’re still trying to get the Estate sorted out and that’s taking a great deal of effort from my sister, Georgeanne Kennedy. I’d like to work in concert with her on anything that we do with After the Fall… because, per Mum’s Will, she is the other person who is allowed to write on Pern.

Anyway, I think you’ll find there are lots of great reads out there and I certainly hope that there won’t be a dearth of new authors to fill the shoes of Asimov, Heinlein, and McCaffrey (don’t forget Silverberg!)


Question from Patty

Question from Patty


Since discovering the wonderful world of Pern, I have given many of my own books away to others so that they too might fly with Lessa and Ramoth. As Headwoman of Benden, when is Manora’s story going to be told? She is such a large part of Pern’s “current” timeline/storyline, I can’t help but wonder when we will learn more of her?



I don’t know if that’s a story that wants telling. It’s not enough to have an interesting character, there has to be something compelling for the writer to want to explore her story, too.

It’s possible that my sister, Georgeanne Kennedy, may take up the challenge — she’s the other person Mum specifically authorized to write on Pern.

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