Letter from Autumn Koukal

Letter from Autumn Koukal

Dear Mr. McCaffrey,

I have been a fan of you and your mother’s Dragonriders of Pern series for over 30 years, and have read them over and over and, well, you get the picture.

I am so sorry about your loss, and regret never contacting your Mother. I figured she’d heard all the accolades before and I didn’t feel the need to add to her work load by reading mine.

I realize that it may seem like a huge conceit to say that I could ‘write Pern’ as you do and your Mother did, but I would like the opportunity to send you a chapter and see what you think.

It takes place from 28 AL to 58 AL and centers mostly on Torene and Mihall and the dynasty they began. The challenges they face as more and more technology fails them. Plus, I noticed that although Pern has plenty of blizzards and snowstorms, not much is said about lightning. It will play a part in the angst of one of my chapters.

It would most definitely be “Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern” titled over the top, with “Benden: The First Thirty Years” and my byline, if that is acceptable to you. If you enjoy it as much as I think you will, I’d love a foreword from you.

Thank you for your time and consideration and please let me know when you would like to receive the chapter.


Autumn Koukal

Dear Ms. Koukal,

My mother’s Will was very specific in this regard, she singled out only two people whom she wanted to write on Pern after her death: myself and my sister, Georgeanne. 

I am sorry that you did not read my FAQ or search through my other posts or you would have known earlier that neither myself, my sister, nor the Estate are at all interested in reading derivate works on Pern –  among other things, there’s too much chance of a collateral lawsuit. 

Todd McCaffrey

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