I didn't know what a gift the world of Pern would become to me, and I didn't know how much of a formative influence its creator was about to be on my own work. I didn't know that I would eventually own every scrap that Anne McCaffrey chose to publish.
I'm grateful for those gifts, and I'm very sorry for her family and friends who are grieving this holiday season. You have my deepest respect and sympathy.
Anne McCaffrey has died at age 85.