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Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern Format Kindle

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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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  • Editeur : Smart Pop (6 août 2013)
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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
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Warm and Fitting Tribute 2 janvier 2014
Par FountainPenDiva - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Menolly of Pern was one of my first awesome girl heroines during my awkward teenage years. Unlike most Pern fans, I came into the world through Anne McCaffrey's Harperhall Trilogy, which I read in junior high and have made it a point to re-read it at least once every year. Menolly, the irrepressible scamp Piemur, Manora, Masterharper Robinton and Menolly's brace of fire lizards--are old and familiar friends. I'm still hoping for a bronze fire lizard of my own.

Unlike typical romance heroines who were always perfect, always beautiful and often stuck on stupid, Menolly was self-sufficient and not scared to be smart. She wasn't about her looks but her brains. I've come across some readers who, in trying to be oh-so "edgy" have accused McCaffrey of writing Menolly as a "Mary Sue". Sorry, but unlike the obvious Mary Sue-edness of Bella Swann, Menolly wasn't perfect. In fact, I've found her to be rather socially inept when it comes to basic human interactions. She has a hard time making female friends, but no wonder. Like myself, she grew up wanting to do "what the boys did". For her it was being a harper. For me it was jumping over garbage cans a la Evel Kneivel and reading science-fiction. I didn't have girl friends with these sorts of hobbies. And the few female friends she does make--namely with Mirrim (whom I have always been a fan of)--are cut from that same cloth.

Once I discovered there was more Pern, then there was Lessa--prickly but strong and a wonderful leader. Lessa wasn't warm and fuzzy and her first mating flight with Ramoth was so far and away not the hearts and flowers type of intimate scene, and yet it made perfect sense for it not to be. And yet for some reason, I always got a nice tingle down below reading it. My guess is the idea of being mentally overwhelmed by the sheer lust of the dragon, which is still an animal. I wondered then, even at that age, whether animals had the right of it. Sex without all the human rules. Though I have, over the years, have had serious issues with McCaffrey's handling of Kylara. Not that I liked the witch, but her sexuality should have been separate from her other bad behaviors as Weyrwoman. I've often viewed the Brekke/Kylara arc as a weird Madonna/Whore dichtomy (though I love Brekke and F'nor and it would have been all kinds of AWESOME had Canth flown Wirenth).

Oh Anne McCaffrey, how your world of Pern changed my life for the better. My first love was Lord Jaxom (he even figured prominently in my first book written in high school--The Time Ghost and Saren). Then I fell for the steadfast yet easygoing F'nor. But I will always love Masterharper Robinton and I bawled like a baby at his passing. I sighed with fangirlish happiness when Menolly and Sebell got together (no surprise there really), courtesy of the mating of their fire lizards.

Then I met Killashandra Ree and the whole idea of singing crystal. I agree with McCaffrey that Killashandra was wasted on a brand of butter. I think I've seen Ballybran in the night sky before. And Helva, the ship who sang. I never knew where McCaffrey's books would take me, but I always knew wherever I went, adventure and characters who leaped off the pages and into my heart, was sure to follow.

There are really few female science-fiction/fantasy authors who mattered when I was growing up in my book: Octavia Butler for so many reasons, Marion Zimmer Bradley for others. Ursula LeGuin, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Andre Norton, and of course, Anne McCaffrey. They spoke to the geek girl who wanted adventure, not boys and a white picket fence.

Therefore, it was so awesome to read how so many people were inspired not just by Pern, but by the woman herself. And the fact that she was so accessible--a rarity in this day and age. I remember my friend Kara told me that she went to Anne McCaffrey's house in Ireland and had tea with the woman. My mouth dropped, but having read this wonderful tribute, I can only wish I'd done the same. Oh, the conversations she and I could have had. What an amazing woman and how she's so very missed.

The Pern books will always hold a special place in my heart. Dog-eared and very much loved. Dragonwriter is for the fans, we who can see ourselves within every essay. And who knows, I may yet find that bronze fire lizard, and when I do, I will name him Robinton.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Absolutely Marvelous! A Must-Have for Any Anne McCaffrey Fan! 2 avril 2016
Par Steven Farrar - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is an absolute must-have for fans of the renowned author, Anne McCaffrey. It is a truly, delightfully wonderful and extraordinary biographical tribute to Anne McCaffrey - a collection of warm, candid essays written by her children, some of her closest friends, colleagues, co-authors and fans. I have four other biographical works about Anne McCaffrey and I was delighted to find much new interesting, funny and heartwarming information about "Annie" in "A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern," as well as information which does appear in the other biographies, some of which is expounded upon in this biographical work. Additionally, the cover of this book is very special, which you learn about in the artist's essay within the pages. I was so happy to add this to my Anne McCaffrey library - books that I have enjoyed reading and re-reading for over twenty years now, as so many of Anne McCaffrey's fans do.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A place of honor on my comfort shelf 6 août 2013
Par Sheri - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 fantastic writer! 8 mai 2015
Par catsperson - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
All I can say, to put it in a nutshell, is; ever since I picked up a paperback book called The White Dragon, I have been addicted to Anne McCaffrey. The way she writes always keeps one on the edge of their seat. However, when you get to know the writer and find out that their life is a drama of its own. Anne McCaffrey's life / story is full of adventure! She is well educated, college graduate, singer, actress, wife, mother and more that I cannot remember. Oh yes; fantastic writer!!!
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