A tribute to science fiction great Anne McCaffrey’s life, legacy, and work

Dragonwriter

A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern

Edited by Todd McCaffrey

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When Anne McCaffrey passed in November 2011, it was not only those closest to her who mourned her death; legions of readers also felt the loss deeply. The pioneering science fiction author behind the Dragonriders of Pern® series crafted intricate stories, enthralling worlds, and strong heroines that profoundly impacted the science fiction community and genre.

In Dragonwriter, Anne’s son and Pern writer Todd McCaffrey collects memories and stories about the beloved author, along with insights into her writing and legacy, from those who knew her best. Nebula Award–winner Elizabeth Moon relates the lessons she learned from Pern’s Lessa (and from Lessa’s creator); Hugo Award–winner David Brin recalls Anne’s steadfast belief that the world to come will be better than the one before; legendary SFF artist Michael Whelan shares (and tells stories about) never-before-published Pern sketches from his archives; and more.

Join Anne’s co-writers, fellow science fiction authors, family, and friends in remembering her life, and exploring how her mind and pen shaped not only the Weyrs of Pern, but also the literary landscape as we know it.

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Dragonwriter, a tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern
Posted August 13th

Each season we announce our new titles individually, each in their own post, to give you a little extra background behind the book. If you’ve missed any, you can check them all out here. All of Spring 2013′s intro posts are here.

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Today is the official pub date for Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern, edited by Todd McCaffrey.

There’s something different about working on a tribute volume, compared to our usual anthologies.  All of our books are, in some ways, about passion—about fictions that...

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Anne McCaffrey and Pern
Posted November 25th

In Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern universe, we like to imagine Santa’s reindeer battling Threads right alongside dragons between making holiday gift deliveries. 

If going to the mall this time of year makes you wish you could go Between just to get some breathing room, fear not. All of these gift ideas can be delivered right to your doorstep (maybe a dragon will even make the drop off).

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  1. Dragonwriter. Our recently released tribute volume to Anne McCaffrey and Pern is edited...
San Diego Comic-Con 2013
Posted July 4th

It’s July again, and that means one thing around here at Smart Pop: frantically finishing up packing for San Diego Comic-Con. Click/scroll onward to see where you can find us in the convention center this year, what we’ll be up to, and what we’re giving away.

Jump to: Location, Signings, Panels, Free Stuff (With Bonus Prize Wheel!), Scan and Win

 

Location (#4300 – Exhibit Hall, Entrance F)

We’re sharing booth space again with Friend of Smart Pop...

What People Are Saying

This book was extremely moving. You don't have to be a fan of Anne McCaffrey's, you don't need to know a single thing about her or her books. This book is a fantastic collection of stories about a powerful woman's life, as well as enlightening on sci-fi writers in general. I would highly recommend you read this - I told you, I don't do non-fiction or pseudo non-fiction, but I absolutely loved this book!

— Elizabeth at so long and thanks for all the fish

If you are a diehard McCaffrey fan . . . you really don't want to miss this wonderful tribute to a truly fantastic lady.

— The Bookwyrm's Hoard

A fantastic tribute to a woman who clearly impacted many, many people throughout her life.

— Fanboy Comics

This collection has given me an amazing insight into who Anne McCaffrey was as a person, not just a writer . . . I will buy this as a paper book once it’s out, not only to see the beautiful artwork in color (and larger scale) but to have this gem of a tribute gracing my shelves, right next to my small (but growing) collection of Anne McCaffrey novels.

— Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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