I am deeply saddened by the announcement received today of the passing of the great SF/Fantasy author, Anne McCaffrey. Her Dragonriders of Pern series, The Ship Who Sang, and many other stories were an inspiration to generations of writers.
Anne McCaffrey was an accomplished author and the first woman to win a Hugo Award and Nebula Award. She was 85 years old.
You can read Anne McCaffrey's tributes and biographies at a number of sites: