Last night I read that Anne McCaffrey died. It has been confirmed by several sources, including the Guardian so I can't stay in denial any more. She was getting older, 85 at her last birthday, so I knew it was going to happen, I just didn't want it to happen now, or ever.
As I've related before, she was one of the first real SF authors I read. Her books stayed with me throughout my teenage years and into my 20s (and I really need to dust them off and give them a re-read). They were groundbreaking at the time, female heroes who did things rather than waiting for things to happen. Menoly from Dragonsong, played music, like me, and kept me sane through the experience of being bullied in school, my own copy is in bits.
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