If you enjoy paranormal romance, try out Zoe Winters’ “Preternaturals” series while they’re on sale this week. I enjoyed them, though they’re very much romance with fantasy rather than vice versa.
Anne McCaffrey, author of the Pern novels and several other series, is dead.
I’ve been thinking for a few days that I should write something, maybe include links to some of my favorite books by her.
Every time I go to start, I wind up writing about something else, though.
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I’m not sure why, but when I was a kid, for some reason I assumed that all of the people who had written the books I loved were already dead.
It was somewhat disconcerting, therefore, when someone would mention that a favorite author had just died. “Weren’t they already dead?” I would wonder, generally silently.
Likewise, it was a disconcerting pleasure when I would discover, say, a new book by Robin McKinley or Anne McCaffrey or Andre Norton. “Wait, why didn’t I know about this one? It was just published this year?? But I thought she was dead!!!”
Alas, now two of those three have passed on, though I am pleased to say that Robin McKinley is still writing, and even blogging daily, long may she continue!
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Anne McCaffrey was 85 when she passed away a few days ago, so perhaps it was not entirely unexpected, but I think the flip side of having started my reading life thinking all these wonderful authors were dead is that having found out many of them were still alive, I almost expect them to be immortal, as if they have truly journeyed back from death once already.
And certainly, in an entirely selfish manner, I want them to continue being alive, and sharing their wonderful stories, for as long as possible! I take comfort, though, in the fact that even once they pass on, their work lives on, letting them continue to touch and shape readers’ lives and minds indefinitely.
Perhaps it is a little bit like immortality after all…
In any case; safe journey, Dragonlady, to whatever comes next.