http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_McCaffrey She passed away yesterday at the age of 85. She wrote my favorite series Dragon Riders of Pern. She published nearly 100 books, mainly fiction, beginning in 1967. Born in the United States, she emigrated to Ireland in 1970, where she lived in a home of her own design, "Dragonholdâ€“Underhill". Rest in Peace Anne. You provided countless hours of fantasy reading and daydreaming for me.