Random House has confirmed that celebrated science fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey died of a stroke in her home on Monday, November 21st at age 85.
McCaffrey, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern series, penned nearly 100 books, including 1978′s The White Dragon, the first sci-fi/fantasy novel to make the New York Times Bestseller list. She was the first woman to win a Hugo Award and a Nebula Award and earned the title Grand Master from the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2005.
She continued to write into her 80s and was active in responding to fan questions on her website as recently as two weeks prior to her death. The impact that she made on science fiction and fantasy authorship throughout the course of her 44 year career can scarcely be measured and she will be sorely missed.