Anne McCaffrey, author of the Dragonriders of Pern and Crystal Singer series of books has died at the age of 85.
It is a constant source of amazement to us that the Pern books haven't yet been made into a big budget movie series. What's not to like? There's intrigue, adventure, romance and bloody big dragons.
We read the books way back when and they are truly magical, and epic series that remains light and breezy and entertaining without ever straying into the pomposity that other large fantasy series can be known to.
McCaffrey was a pioneer in the field of fantasy being a female author, but her style wasn't aimed at either gender and appealed to both.
The universe of fantasy was made greater by her presence and is diminished by her loss.