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by Todd McCaffreyon Anne McCaffrey and the Dragonriders of Pern series
All too often we try to measure a person by cold, hard facts: when they were born, when they died, their marriages, their children, their schooling.
Is that really enough to illuminate a soul? What about when they cried in despair, wept for joy, screamed in exultation–aren’t those all memorable moments? When they sang, when they played, when they loved?
What is it, truly, that marks a life and gives it shape?
Those of you who are reading this probably have already met some aspect of Anne McCaffrey. Most likely you know of her as the science fiction author of the famous Dragonriders of Pern® series. Perhaps you first found her with The Ship Who Sang or with To Ride Pegasus or any of some hundreds of other novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories.
So you know a part of Anne McCaffrey, and you’re reading this because you’d like to know more–perhaps to see … read more»
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