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I’ve opened up the page on Pern Home where you can add any condolences or memories you’d like.

48 Comments

  1. Beverly Olmstead

    I have been a faithfull follower of your Mom’s since Dragonriders of Pern, I have read them all including Restoree(one of my favorits). You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. I am also extremely grateful you are continueing with Pern. I would miss them all terribly. Sincerely, Bev

  2. lori taylor

    I’m so sorry. may your work continue to inspire others. God Bless. I feel that I’m one of Ms McCafferey’s biggest fans. I have all of her books and love the dragon-riders, have a letter of answer from a letter that I wrote her years ago. Most Sincerely: Lori Taylor

  3. Cate Walton

    Much love to all those who loved Anne. She was an amazing woman. I was privaleged to meet her many years ago In New Zealand. She will be sadly mised.

  4. Rhonda Reed

    I was greatly saddened by your Mother’s books- I have many of her books besides the Dragon Riders of Pern- there is so many other books connected to these books. And it is WONDERFUL you are following up with her stories. She was one heck of a writer- such imagination!! I also have other books by her as well- like the Crystal Singer books.
    She made her stories seem so real that a person can seem to be an actual participant in her stories- She will be greatly missed!!!

  5. slcory75

    OMG! Wow…. reading of your mother’s death was like a rock in my chest. Such a great person and a writer. I wish I could have met her. I’ve read sooooo many of her books. In a way, your mother was a part of my life. Heck, in high school my grades dropped cuz I read so much instead of doing my homework. LOL

  6. Paul Smarsh

    I have been reading your mom’s Dragonriders of Pern books since I was 15 years old.Now I am 48.
    I wish to add my condolences, for your loss.In many ways I feel like Ive lost a mom as well.Her books have helped me during my life as well. Master Robinton’s wisdom,Lessa’s cunning, F’lar’s courage and commanding presence, Jaxsom’s compassion and daring. I have used many of the lessons she’s woven into each book, during my life.I wished I was able to come to Wicklow county( place of my grandfathers birth), and got to meet your mom.
    Maybe with your mom at God’s side, he will create a pern, for the rest of her readers to go to, when it is our time.

  7. Laurie

    Anne McCaffrey was one of the best authors of science fiction that existed. She will be missed by all. My thoughts go out to her family. It is good to know that she has someone to carry on her stories. With condolences. Laurie L.

  8. Lise Brouillette

    Earth would be a far bleaker place if it didn’t know about Federated Sentient Planets in general and Pern in particular. My condolences for your loss, and we are so grateful that you have taken up the piloting of the rocket to Pern so that we don’t lose that too…

  9. William Darrell Walker

    Dear Todd,
    It was with such shock, when I seen on the news of your mother’s passing. I send you my most heartfelt condolences. It was in 1965 while in Junior High School I picked up my first copy of Dragonquest, and from that moment on I was hooked, and have enthusiastically followed Anne’s exploits of those amazing colonists of Pern and their wonderful dragons. I am soon turning 60 years old and my enthusiasm has not diminished one iota. Anne took me places in her books that no other author has ever done and made me feel as if I was part of the population of the planet of Pern. I guess we all thought Anne was immortal and in a way she was because of her writing skills she lives on in the hearts and mind of all her fans of which I am and always will be. I am so glad that you have carried on her work with the dragons. Thank you for doing that and I’m so sure you made her so proud doing this. You, too, are and accomplished writer and I have enjoyed you versions of the Pern series. I have enjoyed all of Anne’s books and am looking forward to your further writings also. My only regret in all of this is that Anne did not get to see her beautiful dragons on the big screen. I hope that her passing will not delay the filming of the Dragons of Pern. Todd please keep up the good work, and again my heart felt condolences for the loss of your mother the Queen of Scifi………..Your friend forever, Darrell Walker.

  10. Lorraine Presland

    I’ve been an avid reader of all the ‘Pern’ books and I had the greatest pleasure meeting Anne at a children charity function in London in the early 1990’s she was gracious, kind with a wicked sense of humor. Her books helped me through a difficult time in my life and I thank her for that. A gifted story teller and a great loss. I love that you continue the story of ‘Pern’ as my children now are avid readers of your wonderful stories. My deepest condolences for the loss of your Mother…..Heart felt wishes Lorraine

  11. Heather R. Sayer-Mohrhauser

    Dear Todd,
    I am eternally grateful to your mother. She inspired me, and opened my heart and soul up to the love of Pern. Her stories live in me and I will read them over and over in my mind. I named my first child Jaxom. He is as amazing as her Jaxom was. I wrote to your mom shortly after I had him over 16 years ago, and she kindly responded to me. All who read your stories are blessed to have her live in you and I so endearingly love your stories as well. I know that your mother lives with the Angels and fly’s with the Dragons where she has gone.

    With all of my love, I send you peace in the passing of your mother, Anne McCaffrey.
    Sincerely,
    Heather R. Sayer-Mohrhauser

  12. Sandra

    Todd:
    My deepest and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I am most grateful to have had the writings of your Mother and yourself to see me through sleepless nights, depression, children’s illnesses, long trips and quiet evenings for over 30 years,. When I become tired of mystery fiction, and other genres, I return to the wonderful stories that have been created by you both.
    Many, many thanks
    Sincerely
    Sandra Berry-Ashpole

  13. Debra Jackson

    My ex-husband started me on Anne’s book when I was 26, I am now 53 and have read and reread all of her books. I am greatly saddened to hear that she is no more, I sit here typing this with tears rolling down my face and neck. I’m sure there will never be another one like her ever again. I give you all my deepest heartfelt condolences to you and your family. She will be GREATLY missed in this world. She was the inspiration behind my CB handle/e-mail address.

    Sincerely
    Debbie

  14. Avonne Fields

    Over the last few weeks, I’ve been re-reading the Pern books…for the fourth or fifth time.

    I only discovered today (while searching the Web for any books I may have missed) that Ms. McCaffery has past away. Her books have meant a great deal to me over the last 25 years, and I’m sure they will continue to give me pleasure for years to come. My thoughts and best wishes are with her family and friends.

    I’ve only discovered Todd’s books in the last year or so, and they are definitely a delight. These books will also provide me enjoyment for years to come. Thank-you.

  15. Cathy Langston

    I am so sorry for you great loss. I am also sorry for my loss when I heard that one of the greatest writers was gone. (But never forgotten). I have read and reread all of Anne’s books. They have given me so much joyover the years. I do hope that you (Todd) will go on with some of her great stories. So many to pick from and all so good. Maybe you could let us know what she had in the future for Botany gang. I felt that there was more to come.
    Thank you for this page to say how much your Mother’s books enriched my life. Please keep on writing.
    Cathy Langston /January 15,2012 8:40 p.m.

  16. Gwen Johnson

    Dear Todd,
    I just learned of Anne’s passing today… It was like reading about Masterharper Robinton’s death again…I never wept so hard as I did at his passing, and never before have I cried for a “celebrity”. But Anne was a rare and special woman… I am a second generation Pern fan, having found Dragonriders Of Pern in my mother’s bookshelves when I was 10. I blew through that trilogy in three days, only managing to stay awake in class by reading those books through them. It was a love that has and will last a lifetime. That series so utterly captivated my imagination, I’ve reread the series 9 times so far… which these days is some feat! I still fly through every new book like I did the first, and now I’m 34. I can’t wait until my son is old enough for us to read these books together. Pern is my favorite series by far… in fact, when I decided to tattoo a dragon on my shoulder many years ago I just couldn’t find one I liked until I saw the cover to Masterharper of Pern, and that’s the picture I brought in. It is a green dragon that is becoming a gold… a fighter becoming a queen. I hope somewhere in between that makes Anne chuckle. My deepest condolences to you and your family and all those touched by that wonderful woman… my prayers are with you. Todd, I can’t wait to read your next Pern book, you have done us all proud! Keep up the great work. And I sincerely hope that we will all get to see After The Fall and treasure it in it’s closure of an era of Pern. Best wishes on realising Anne’s wish of seeing Pern on a big screen. Again, my condolences and prayers.

  17. Paul Furey

    Hi Todd,

    Having read all your mothers books and all Pern books, I was just about to start Dragons Time. So I needed to play catchup of the last few books – to get the story back in my head. That will take a while now upon finding out about Anne. I have been reading her/your books for about 30 years and am very sorry to hear about your mum. A lot of people are saddened by the news.

    Paul Furey – Dublin

  18. merrye noble

    Dear Todd

    I am so very sorry for your loss,your mother was a huge part of my life through her books and short stories. I am to say the least a fan, I have every book and most all of the short stories. I am sad that such a good friend in my heart is gone and I never had the courage to write to her and tell her how very much her words ment to me. Even thought I never met her,her books were my friends,always there when I was lonesome or when I needed to drownd out the real world. So before anymore time slips by I want to tell you thank you so very much for your words, they and you are a big part of my life my friend who I’ll never meet but on the page. I would like to think that your mother knew at least a little how much her fans really loved her, I know that I do and will always and that with her books and yours I will be able to “visit” her over and over . Thank you again very much
    All my best wishes
    merrye noble

  19. Kelly

    All the books…all the books behind my head on my bed…the dragon riders of pern…just to live in that type of world…your mother was with out a doubt at one point in her life a Queen Rider:). I’m sorry that you have losted your mum…be sure and keep up the Dragonhold….xoxo

  20. Gail Gibson-Schwob

    Like the afterburn of a rocket that leaves an echo on my retinas, your mom’s shinning comet will echo forever in my heart.

    How about writing a BIG tribute book using ALL of her charachters/ books?? I can’t wait for ‘Sea Dragon’ to come out….you know, the one about the dragon that lost it’s wing, but can swim like a ship fish? Yeah, I have a great imagination. Please use any of my ideas…for free…and what about the three eggs found in a secret chamber at Fort? You know, where one egg is dead, the other has an aggressive dragon that tears the wing off a newly hatched dragon (hence the Sea Dragon) and the other egg holds a red dragon…hmmm….

    My mind wanders too far, so I reign it in to wish you healing, and to let you know that your mom will be truly missed.

    Love and Light, Gail

  21. Tori

    Even though I never met Anne McCaffrey, I feel as if I have lost a close friend. She created a beautiful world of dragons, fire-lizards, watch-whers, and people. She will surely go down in history as one of the greatest fiction writers of all time.

    Todd, I offer my condolences. I hope to say this to you in person one day, but I’ll satisfy myself by saying it now: There is no one more fit to continue your mother’s work. I have every confidence that you will continue telling the stories of Pern with all of the love, skill, and devotion that she had and that you have clearly shown. Thank you for “Dragon Harper”, “Dragon’s Kin”, “Dragonheart”, and every other contribution you have made to this beautiful series.

    And, I hope that Anne McCaffrey’s spirit hears me when I say this: Thank you, Anne McCaffrey, for bringing Pern into my life. You will always be remembered.

    ~Tori

  22. George B Jeanes

    I dont know how I missed the passing of Anne McCaffrey, my only excuse is that I had lost members of my own family.

    I first came across her works years ago when I bought a copy of Dragon drums at a jumble sale and having read it I just had to go out and buy everything that was available at that time and I have been buying her works ever since and then Todds when he started writing.

    I will miss her and her wonderful talent forever more and I extend my heartfelt condolences to her family and I can honestly say I know what you are going through and my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  23. Diana McKnight

    Todd,
    I just found out about your mother’s death. It took my breath away. Of course I am a devoted follower of Pern, I have read all of them – even the ones you wrote. I also fell in love with Acorna and Petabee. My condolences to you and all your family. She will be greatly missed.

  24. Ulla Loether

    March, 5th 2012

    Hello,
    just I dicovered your loosing. I`m in Germany an read the Pern books beginning 30 years ago, reread after stroke and in the last weeks again. I was looking for the next book of Pern and then discovered, your mother ist gone!
    Absolutly shocked and full of sadness and my thinking is with you and the whole family.Reading a longer comment in one of her books gave me the impression of an fantastic woman with huge heart and humor.
    Sadness can´t expressed – sorry for my bad english, it`s a log time ago I learned.
    My condolence, best wishes to the family and the future.
    Ulla

  25. Holly Douglas

    Dear Todd, i am not sure how many times I have read and reread your Mother’s books on Pern, when I am reading one of them I get lost in the world of Pern. I starting reading them when I was 19 and love to share them with friend especially young people around 19 years of age. They are great stories to read.
    I will miss your Mother’s writing and I very pleased that you have continued on with stories of Pern.
    Please know that my heart goes out to you.
    This world has been truly blessed to have two wonderfully McCaffrey writers in it.

    Bless you,
    Holly- from Winnipeg,Manitoba, Canada

  26. Ruth Kippenberger

    I have read your moms books and repeatedly read them again when my son hasnt pinched them and my granddaughter ia reading them after pinching them from him they are so well worn that they are slowly being replaced by paperback. My deapest sympathy to you and yours the littlist dragon boy do keep up her legascy of pern as those who have read both yours and hers love them. She shall be very saly mised.

    bless you,
    Ruth from Whangarei, New Zealand.

  27. Steve Jackson

    Todd,

    Please accept my sympathy on the death of your mother. I just learned of her death and was shocked. Her writing took me to Pern and the Dragons and everything that encompassed life there. When I read i somehow am able to place myself in the story as if I am on the sideline watching what is taking place. This has been a wonderful and enjoyable set of books for me. I can’t wait for the movie to come out if it is made. I know that your mother loved her family and was loved by many others including myself. To her I say “Well Done my good and faithful servant” and rest in peace.

  28. Debra Hogan

    I just logged onto to the SFBC web site and saw the link for In memorium Anne McCaffrey. I have been without a job since last year and have not been buying books as a result. I sit here and just want to cry – she will be missed so much! I first started reading her books in 1978 when i got a copy of the three books in the original trilogy when they published The White Dragon. I was immediately hooked and bought her books whenever I saw them. I started replacing the paperback versions with hardbacks when the SFBC issued them, because my paperback copies were falling apart because I re-read them so many times.

    My sincere condolences to you and your family over her loss.

    Debra Hogan, South Carolina, USA

  29. I first met Anne at Norwescon 9, over 25 years ago. It was my 2nd science fiction convention. It was a madhouse. Anne took the time to personally speak with me, and encourage me in attending conventions and that I’d have a great time. Why was this important to me? I am disabled and use a wheelchair. For such a famous author like Anne to take the time to encourage a newbie to enjoy the convention’s other offerings besides the panels (hospitality? Parties?), well, she helped create someone that loves conventions and is a lifelong volunteer. I have been going to conventions ever since, and I volunteer at Seattle’s two conventions each year, and I was on the convention committee for both several years ago. And I read A LOT. Using a Kindle, I am able to forget my disabled body and enjoy the Dragonriders of Pern, first written by Anne, and now by Todd. I shall miss Anne terribly, but I will ALWAYS remember the kindness she showed a young disabled fan. Something that will stick with me for the rest of my life.

  30. jessica mccauley

    I started reading your mothers books in 4th grade, now at 27 I still count her as one of my favorite writers. for years her books of taken me away from sadness and sorrow and taken me into a world of joy. I have read the Dragonriders of Pern combo so much that I now have to take each page and flip it and lay them back down as all the pages are falling out. one of my most favorite dreams was of being chosen on search for one of ramoth’s clutches and of the queen egg choosing me. Tanith was beautiful. I cried when I woke up.

    I cried when your mother passed for the loss of our world for such a gifted woman. You and your writing succeed her well.

  31. Carol Forbis

    Dear Todd,

    Like others before me I was very saddened to hear of your Mother’s passing. I have been a fan of Pern since 1979 when I bought my 1st book, Ruth. Sort of strange to read so far into the series but, for some reason, the cover just caught my attention. Imagine my confusion when I was reading about a boy talking telepathically with his dragon and yet it seemed like a normal thing to do in this book. Needles to say I have been hooked ever since and the rest, as they say, is history. I have all of them; including the ones you & your mom wrote together. With the advent of the internet and the availability to know when the latest adventure would be arriving soon it was always with great anticipation I awaited the next adventure of Pern and it’s many character’s. But I think my favorites will always be Ruth, for the dragons and MasterHaper Robinton.

    Now sadly I await the last one that you and your Mom have done together but hopefully it won’t be the last of Pern if you continue the “tradition”. May you never be hit by Thread and God Bless.

    Respectfully, Carol

  32. Your mother had a nack of pulling you into the novel you can almnost see the beautiful landscape of Pern. Just the way she saw it. Very few authors can do that, you also have that tallent don’t ever loose it.

  33. elle Cotzee

    Dear Todd

    So lovely that you share in your mothers love for the dragonriders and Pern. Here in South Africa if we meet as friends and find we read the same books….its almost like meeting family. Your moms books creates a circle of closeness and intimacy which is so special…a true legacy. I am enjoying Acorna as well but have not been able to get hold of novels here. I am an artist and illustrator and love to paint what I think the characters look like…but that is just for myself. even the clothing etc….the illustration of Acorna is lovely. Keep up the excellent work….God Bless you.

  34. Robyn

    Todd, I have just learnt of your mums passing and my heart goes out to you. I lost my mum just a few days after you Nov 25th and am just starting to come to terms of a life without mum.
    Your mum has always been one of my favorite authors with the Pern series being my all time favourite.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the books you have added to the collection and I am very happy that the pern series is in safe hands with you.

  35. Misty

    I’m so sorry it took this long to learn of the loss of your mother.

    I started reading her books in Middle School and have used them to encourage other young people to read, write, and think more.

    I hope all the stories will continue; thank you.

  36. howard spitzer

    Your mother will be sorely missed. I have been reading the series since she first started it all those many years ago.

    She was nice enough to respond by postcard many years ago to a note I sent her at the time and I cherish to this day.

    I believe I am a little older ( I don’t say more mature) than your average reader as I have been trying to get my granddaughters to read the series for the last few years.

    I hope you will continue with her legacy and take us back to Pern as often as you can.

    I think I speak for all your fans when I say that each time we will read the Dragon Riders of Pern we will think of her. That is more than most people leave behind

    My condolences to you and your family.

    I pick up the 1st book and read Lessa’s story from time to time.

    It still moves.

    You never get over the loss, it just gets softer

    My thoughts are with you.

  37. Carolyn

    I just learned today of your mother’s passing. You have my deepest condolences.

    Of course, I was searching online while looking for your latest book. She was a gifted writer. Even since I was little, her books captured my attention. Her books made dragons my favorite animal. I used to wish that I could impress my own little queen on an isolated beach somewhere. My favorite book was her book on the “little white dragon that could”, Ruth.

    I hope you will choose to carry on the Pern story if you feel motivated in your spirit to do so.

    Carolyn
    USA

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