Anne McCaffrey

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Anne Inez McCaffrey (born April 1, 1926) is an American science fiction author best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series.

Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts to George Herbert McCaffrey and Anne Dorothy McElroy. She received her B.A. in Slavonic Languages and Literature at Radcliffe College in 1947. She married in 1950 and has three children: Alec Anthony, born in 1952, Todd, born in 1956, and Georgeanne, born in 1959. She was divorced in 1970, after which she emigrated to Ireland.

In 1968 McCaffrey's short story "Weyr Search", the initial story in the Dragonriders of Pern series, won a Hugo Award for Best Novella. It was the first time a woman had won a Hugo for fiction.

At the 2005 Nebula Award ceremonies, Ms McCaffrey will be named the 22nd Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America organization.

She currently lives in County Wicklow, Ireland.


Chronicles of Pern (Dragonriders of Pern)

  • Dragonflight (1968) (the first section is derived from "Weyr Search")
  • Dragonquest (1970)
  • Dragonsong (1976)
  • Dragonsinger (1977)
  • The White Dragon (1978)
  • Dragondrums (1979)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (1983)
  • Nerilka's Story (1986)
  • Dragonsdawn (1988)
  • Renegades of Pern (1989)
  • All the Weyrs of Pern (1991)
  • The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (1993)
    This is a collection of short stories:
    • The Survey: P.E.R.N.
    • The Dolphins' Bell
    • The Ford of Red Hanrahan
    • The Second Weyr
    • Rescue Run (originally appeared in Analog)
  • The Dolphins of Pern (1994)
  • The Girl Who Heard Dragons (1994)
  • Red Star Rising (Hardback) and Red Star Rising: Second Chronicles of Pern (Paperback) (1996) (called Dragon's Eye for US release)
  • Masterharper of Pern (1998)
  • The Skies of Pern (2001)
  • Dragon's Kin (2003) (with her son Todd McCaffrey)
  • Dragon's Blood (2005) (Written by Todd McCaffrey)

The Ship Series

The Talents universe

The Pegasus Series

  • To Ride Pegasus (1973) (short stories)
  • Pegasus in Flight (1990)
  • Pegasus in Space (2000)

The Tower and Hive Series

  • The Rowan (1990) (partly based on the short "Lady in the Tower")
  • Damia (1991) (partly based on the short "A Meeting of Minds")
  • Damia's Children (1993)
  • Lyon's Pride (1994)
  • The Tower and the Hive (1999)

Coelura & Nimisha & Crystal universe

  • The Coelura (1983)
  • Nimisha's Ship (1998)

The Crystal Singer Series

  • Crystal Singer (1982)
  • Killashandra (1986)
  • Crystal Line (1992)

(Several "Crystal Singer" short stories also appear in the anthologies Continuum 2 and Continuum 4, both edited by Roger Elwood.)

The Dinosaur Planet and Planet Pirate Series

The Doona Series

The Petaybee Series (Powers series)

The Catteni Series (Freedom series)

  • Freedom's Landing (1995)
  • Freedom's Choice (1996)
  • Freedom's Challenge (1998)
  • Freedom's Ransom (2002)

The Acorna Series

Acorna's Children Series

Twins of Petaybee Series


  • The Mark of Merlin (1971)
  • Ring of Fear (1971)
  • The Kilternan Legacy (1975)
  • Stitch in Snow (1985)
  • The Year of the Lucy (1986)
  • The Lady (1987)



  • Roberts, Robin. Anne McCaffrey: A Critical Companion. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996.

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