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Artist, Heather Oliver             

Gone Away, Gone Ahead

Restoree, The Ship Who Sang, Crystal Singer, Dragonflight.  I read them in the 70s and 80s alongside the like-minded works of André Norton.  I knew then intuitively what I know now from reading biographies: the person who wrote these stories opened a lot of doors previously closed to women.  Many of her works have aged badly (to say nothing of some of her views).  But her best works were seamless fusions of SF, fantasy and romance — as it should be, as it can be.  And her women protagonists changed worlds while getting to savor (and why not?) beautiful men.

Fair winds, Anne Inez McCaffrey, Weyrwoman of Pern.

Image, used with permission: Lessa, dragonrider of golden Ramoth, Weyr of Benden © 1988 Robin Wood (who created lovely portraits of many Pern characters).

2 Responses to “Gone Away, Gone Ahead”

  1. Caliban says:

    She will be missed.

    Another door-opener passed away this week, as I’m sure you know: Lynn Margulis. If requests can be made of your all-too-short time, an essay on how her work broke new ground would be deeply appreciated!

  2. Athena says:

    I agree, Margulis did groundbreaking work — and it changed the way we see life and lifeforms. More in the essay (*smile*)