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Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern [Format Kindle]

Todd McCaffrey , David Brin , Lois McMaster Bujold , Mercedes Lackey , Elizabeth Moon , Michael Whelan , Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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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.

Contributors include:

• Angelina Adams
• David Brin
• David Gerrold
• John Goodwin
• Janis Ian
• Alec Johnson
• Georgeanne Kennedy
• Mercedes Lackey
• Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
• Lois McMaster Bujold
• Elizabeth Moon
• Charlotte Moore
• Robert Neilson
• Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett
• Robin Roberts
• Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
• Wen Spencer
• Michael Whelan
• Richard J. Woods
• Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 288 pages
  • Editeur : Smart Pop (6 août 2013)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00BS03KSA
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Beloved Dragonwriter, Missed by So Many 11 août 2013
Par Beverly Diehl - Publié sur
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Like millions of readers across this planet, I fell in love with Anne McCaffrey's Pernese dragons (and wanted my own, of course). I also loved Helva and the brainships, Killashandra Ree, The Rowan - ALL her heroines were smart, strong women - even the baddies like Kylara were interesting. (Blogged about her heroines here: [...] I cried buckets when Anne went between.

So I expected to love this collection of essays by people who knew her, from co-writers Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Jody Lynn Nye, and Mercedes Lackey, people who knew her from Dragon*Con, her main cover artist Michael Whelan, famous writer-friends like David Gerrold and Lois McMaster Bujold, and Anne's children.

I found Angelina Adams' Changes without Notice, David Gerrold's How the Dragonlady Saved My Life, Robert Neilson's Bookends, Georgeanne Kennedy's Universal Mum, and Todd McCaffrey's Afterword particulary moving and poignant. I loved the stories of Anne McCaffrey as secretary for the SFWA with her mimeograph machine, as a matchmaker, as a hostess whose door and heart was always open, as a speed-demon at conferences with her electric scooter.

The choice of subjects was comprehensive, clearly meant to cover the multiple aspects of Ms. McCaffrey's life, from writing to fandom to motherhood to religion to horses to music. And yet, several of the essays seemed to be a lot more about the writer and his/her interests than about Anne McCaffrey. While I don't know how much editing any of the essays received, the bragging-on-self or long wandering ones could have used more.

Anne McCaffrey was an amazing person, and it was fascinating to get a "dragon's eye view" of her, from so many people who knew her well.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A place of honor on my comfort shelf 6 août 2013
Par Sheri - Publié sur
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This book is a must for every Anne McCaffrey fan. For those of us who missed the opportunity to meet this incredibly creative writer, but loved her none the less for giving us such wonderful stories that we could enjoy, relate to and wish for, it will give an incredible insight to who she was as a person.
There is so much love, warmth and loyalty that emanates from these pages that even when the stories that bring tears to your eyes you will find a smile on your face.
There is one story in this book that will resonate with anyone who has been touched by one of Anne McCaffrey's books - it begins on page 215.
I could say so much more but I will leave the rest for others to continue.
Thank you Todd and everyone who contributed to this book for sharing with us. Thank you Anne for "changes without notice".
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderful homage to a master of SF/F 23 août 2013
Par Esther Schindler - Publié sur
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In my heart-of-hearts, I believe thatPern is a real place. It's just a place I have not personally visited, such Toyko or Mars. But it's somewhere around a corner I haven't turned yet.

If that's how you feel about Anne McCaffrey's Pern -- or her worlds as created in The Ship Who Sang or Crystal Singer or other stories -- you probably will enjoy this book. Dragonwriter is a collection of 20 essays that explore who "Annie" was, both as a writer and a person, and the influences she had on the world of science fiction and fantasy. I assure you that you don't need to be a full-on Dragon*Con participant to find it worthwhile; I'm not. What makes the book special even if you only LIKE McCaffery's writing is that the essays investigate the inspiration and world-building skills of one very creative author.

It helps, too, if you appreciate the contributors -- and I think that's what first led me to discover this book. We have Janis Ian writing about her long friendship with McCaffery (who wrote one of the Pern stories with the background music of "Fly Too High" rather than "At Seventeen"). Once, McCaffery explained that Benden Hold looked like the rock cliffs on the Guinness estate and asked Ian to write a theme for it. "Because if Menolly came to life, it would be with your voice." (Which, now that I think of it, does make sense.)

We also have Elizabeth Moon analyzing the role of women in SF, and pointing out that "Lessa stood out as an early example of someone who transcends the victim role -- whose life is not defined (once she becomes Ramoth's partner) by the attack on her home and her family's death."

Lois McMaster Bujold's essay is about how she modeled her writer's life after McCaffery, especially after she visited Ireland. "How did another female writer, also divorced and towing a family, put it all together and achieve success? Such practical career-maintenance skills are not taught in any literature or writing class." ... "How do writers live? How can we learn from each other how to do it better, by all measures?"

Other essays go into McCaffery's redefinition of the dragon in SF (which had "bad press" before Pern), the manner in which music influenced her worldbuilding (consider the role of the Harper Hall, which trained musicians in political skills as well as voice, points out Elizabeth Ann Scarborough), and... well, much more. A few of them made me think, "Wow, it's been way too long since I read anything by that author," and sent me to my bookshelves to fill up the To Read pile again.

I really liked this book. If you like McCaffery's work, or if you are a burgeoning writer yourself, I expect you will like it, too.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful tribute to an amazing author 16 octobre 2013
Par miranda mcguinness - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle
For the full review, head to <a href="">so long and thanks for all the fish</a>

Oh wow. I had no idea what I was getting into when I read this book! For some reason I thought it was going to be a dry collection of stories about Anne, it would be a quick, informative read and then I'd be on my way! I was so wrong it's laughable! The only thing I got right is that it was very informative.

Firstly, it's clear that any stories involving Anne could never be dry. It's amazing how clear an image of her I got - it didn't matter if it was family, friends, colleagues, or fans - no matter how these people knew Anne (and see? I can't call her Anne McCaffrey after reading this book), they all painted the picture of the same person. Warm, loving, snarky, hard-working, extremely supportive - the story written by her daughter referred to her as a "universal mum". I'm not really sure how to review short stories honestly, so I won't bother to separate them because all of them were absolutely wonderful to read. I had to limit myself to one chapter at a time though as I do much of my reading on the train and if I wasn't laughing out loud then I was failing horribly at trying not to cry which made me look a bit mad!

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!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A beautiful tribute 18 août 2013
Par Deedo1964 - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I laughed, I cried, and I thought that I'll always miss this lady,that I never met, as I read this tribute to her. Todd did a wonderful job compiling the essays, and I appreciated the order he chose to present them.
I am grateful that the people of Pern will live on, and that Todd will share more of their stories with us.
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