There is some debate over whether Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon series were sci fi or fantasy (she says sci fi) or whether to classify her work for YA or adult. Regardless, she was an amazing writer. And for precocious 6th graders who love science fiction and fantasy, she’s often one of the authors picked up. I haven’t read any of her work since I was a teenager, and I’m sad it’s taken her death to remind me of how talented she was.
For women writers of sci fi / fantasy, she paved the way.
From an I09 article by Charlie Jane Anders:
Anne McCaffrey wasn’t just the inventor of Pern, the world where a whole society is based on dragon-riding. She was also an incredibly influential author who helped transform the way science fiction and fantasy authors wrote about women, and the way all of us thought about bodies and selfhood. She was the first woman to win a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award, as well as a Grand Master of science fiction.
The woman published over 80 books in 45 years. (you do the math, that’s incredible)
For those middle graders out there I’d recommend:
Fantasy for “juveniles”
For Upper Middle Grade and YA:
the Acorna series
And everyone’s favourites (there are 26 of them in the series, but some are written by her son):
The Dragonriders of Pern series
If you’re going to pick up any McCaffrey, the Dragonriders series is always suggested. Some adults don’t enjoy the other two series mentioned above, but that may be because they were expecting something more mature like her other work.
Happy Middle Grade Monday . . . and now back to the last 1,000 words on my NaNo!
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