Anne Inez MCaffrey (1926-2011), the American born Irish writer best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series, was the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction, as well as the first to win a Nebula Award. In 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McAffrey it’s 22nd ‘Grand Master’, an extraordinary award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction.
Dragonflight, first in the series, is offered here today in first edition state, signed. It was ranked in 1987 as 9th best fantasy novel of all time. Though some of posted that McAffrey fits squarely into ‘planetary romance’ subgenre of sci fi, McAffrey herself considered most of her work science fiction and enjoyed “cutting them short when they call me a ‘fantasy’ writer (remember that in her books, the dragons were genetically engineered by the Pern colonists).
She goes on to say: “I started writing sci fi in the late 50s/early 60s, when readership was predominately male. And their attitudes unreconstructed. (Women) began reading sci fi and fantasy and by preference, women writers. My stories had themes and heroines they could, and did, relate to. I never had any trouble with editors and publishers. I had trouble getting male readers to believe I was serious, and a good enough writer to interest them.”