Anne McCaffrey died today.
I first fell in love with her Crystal Singer books, and then… I escaped into Pern and stayed there a very long time. She provided me with more hours of entertainment than I can ever calculate, and was the first woman scifi/fantasy writer I ever read. Her death was not untimely or unexpected – she was 85 years old. Still, it feels like a loss.
Added: Foxfier comments, “I still get teary-eyed thinking about the Masterharper’s death.” I do too.