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Sci-fi Author McCaffrey Dies

24 November 2011 4:16 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sci-fi author Anne McCaffrey has passed away. She was 85.

The celebrated writer died at her home in County Wicklow, Ireland on Monday after suffering a stroke.

McCaffrey, born in Massachusetts, trained as an actress and a singer before she started writing science fiction for adults.

Her biggest work came in 1968 when she wrote Dragonflight, which kickstarted a series of books under the Dragonriders mantle, which were written over four decades and comprised of more than 20 novels.

She won several awards for the works, with The White Dragon book becoming one of the first sci-fi novels to appear on the New York Times Best Seller List. She was made a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2005 and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. »

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Anne McCaffrey, ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ Author, Dies

23 November 2011 5:42 AM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Del Rey Cover of Anne McCaffrey’s “Dragonflight.”

Anne McCaffrey, author of the “Dragonriders of Pern” series, has died. She was 85 years old.

Her publisher Random House reportedly announced that the author passed away after suffering a stroke.

McCaffrey’s books about a distant planet in which some inhabitants rode telepathic dragons to combat deadly falling alien Threads are considered seminal works of fantasy fiction. The books combined mythic inspiration, sci-fi and adventure.

McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Mass., and published “Dragonflight, »

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R.I.P. Anne McCaffrey

23 November 2011 3:10 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Sci-Fi/Fantasy author Anne McCaffrey, who published almost 100 books, was the first woman to win both a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award, and the creator of the planet of Pern has died in her home after a massive stroke, at the age of 85.

McCaffrey was born in Massachusetts, and then emigrated to Ireland in 1970. Throughout her 35 year-long career, she accomplished more than most authors even dream of. McCaffery was named the 22nd Grand Master by the The Science Fiction Writers of America in 2005, she was inducted into The Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006, and her book, The White Dragon, became the one of the first science fiction novels to hit the New York Times Best Seller List.

On behalf of the writers and Mob of readers here at SciFiMafia, our hearts go out to Anne McCaffrey’s family, friends and fans – her contribution to sci-fi/fantasy literature will always be remembered and cherished. »

- Jason Moore

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Anne McCaffrey, 1926-2011

22 November 2011 3:50 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »

Image via Wikipedia reports the sad news that Anne McCaffrey, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern series, passed away of a stroke in her home in Ireland yesterday at the age of 85.

McCaffrey was the first woman to win a Hugo Award (for the first Dragonrider story “Weyr Search” in 1968) as well as the first woman to win a Nebula Award (for the second Dragonrider story “Dragonrider” in 1969) and the first author to hit the New York Times Bestseller List with an Sff title (The White Dragon, the third book in the series).

In 1991 Dragonflight, the first Pern book published, was adapted as a set of three graphic novels by Eclipse. The first two were illustrated by Lela Dowling and Fred Von Tobel, the third by Lela Dowling and Cynthia Martin. The story was adapted by Brynne Stevens.

She was an incredibly gracious lady, and will be missed. »

- Glenn Hauman

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Win a Copy of Age of the Dragons on DVD

16 March 2011 5:09 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Age Of The Dragons out to own on 21st March, HeyUGuys have teamed up with Metrodome, to give five lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the DVD.

Based on Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Age Of The Dragons starring Danny Glover and Vinnie Jones is an all-action re-telling of the classic story like never before. Captain Ahab (Glover) and his crew hunt the most feared creatures to have ever existed: Dragons.

Ishmael, a charismatic harpooner, joins their quest with the promise of riches beyond his wildest fantasies. Whilst Ahab’s adopted daughter Rachel, sexy yet tough, runs the hunting vessel. And it’s not long before the vessel’s fearless and most experienced harpooner, Stubbs (Jones), is leading the crew into combat against the deadly mythical beasts.

But it gradually emerges that this isn’t a hunt, it is an obsession. »

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‘Age of the Dragons’ Trailer – It’s ‘Moby Dick’, But with Dragons!

3 March 2011 2:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A couple of weeks ago we gave you an early look [1] at Danny Glover as Captain Ahab in Age of the Dragons (previously titled Dragon Fire), the low-budget reimagining of Herman Melville's Moby Dick which sees the titular white whale replaced with a white dragon. Now there's an international trailer for the film, which also stars Vinnie Jones. Watch it after the break. I'm not gonna lie, the movie looks pretty bad. It may share the same basic narrative with the revered literary classic, but it doesn't carry with it any of the same sophistication, nor does it intend to. To quote the film's own executive producer, "It’s Moby Dick with way more excitement, way more action." That quote is probably best read with several exclamation marks tagged on the end of it. Still, for a budget of $5 million, there are some occasional impressive visual flourishes to be found within this trailer, »

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