Anne McCaffrey has died. How very, very sad this makes me. She was a glorious writer and a lovely person, and she was always deeply kind to me. She gave me my first book blurb and feedback, and we kept up a correspondence for years. And she told me I could have a queen dragon on Pern, which made me so happy. I put her into "Blackmantle" as Aunya nic Cafraidh, and she was delighted. She leaves a huge, huge emptiness where she stood. May her journey thrive.