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Anne McCaffrey

answers the Usual Questions

Anne McCaffrey addresses an Australian science fiction convention

Anne McCaffrey addresses an Australian Science Fiction convention (photograph (c) Richard Hryckiewicz)

Anne McCaffrey was one of the first people to answer the usual questions. These answers, together with the interview, were originally published in the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Fan Resource Book.

Has your interaction with fans, for example, at conventions, affected your work?

I doubt it!

Is there any particular incident (a letter, a meeting, a comment that stands out?

I can't recall one other than the gift of the quilt which stunned me.

Do you have a favourite author or book (or writer or film or series) that has influenced you or that you return to?

Dick Francis

Who is the person you would most like to be trapped in a lift with? or a spaceship?

I wouldn't inflict me on anyone.

Who is the person you would most DISlike to be trapped in a lift with? Or a spaceship?

Stupid question!

What would you pack for space? (Is there a food, beverage, book, teddy bear, etc that you couldn't do without?)

Peanut butter!

What is the most important thing you would like to get/achieve from your work?


What is the special satisfaction of your work?

My books are going to second or third generations of readers!

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Just the facts:
Born: April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Died: November 21, 2011, in Wicklow County
Resides: In a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill in Wicklow County, Ireland.

Books about McCaffrey listed on her site:
Todd J. McCaffrey, Dragonholder, The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey, Ballantine/Del Rey, New York, 1999.

Martha P. Trachtenberg, Anne McCaffrey. Science Fiction Storyteller , Enslow Publishers Inc., Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922, USA and Aldershot, Hants GU12 6BP, UK, 2001.

Mathew D. Hargreaves, Anne Inez McCaffrey, 40 years of publishing, An International Bibliography , P.O. Box 66099, Seattle, WA 98166, 1992.

Robin Roberts, Anne McCaffrey: A Critical Companion, Westwood, CT: Greenwood Press, 1996.

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