Anne Inez McCaffrey (1
April 1926 – 21 November 2011) was an American-born writer who emigrated
to Ireland and was best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science
fiction series. Early in McCaffrey's 46-year career as a writer, she
became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to
win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel The White Dragon became one of the
first science-fiction books to appear on the New York Times Best Seller
In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named
McCaffrey its 22nd Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of
fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted by the Science Fiction
Hall of Fame on 17 June 2006. She also received the Robert A. Heinlein
Award for her work in 2007.
works are the Dragonriders of Pern series. After colonists from Earth
make a decades-long journey to a new planet (which they name 'Pern',
from the report of the initial exploration of the planet. Pern is an
acronym for "Parallels Earth, Resources Negligible"), a volcanic
eruption and an extra-planetary threat called Thread force the original
colonists to retreat into caves in the northern hemisphere of the
planet, abandoning most of their advanced technology in the process.
Adopting an agrarian lifestyle, the survivors of the original expedition
create genetically-engineered 'dragons' from a native species of
reptiles, and use them to fight back the encroaching thread.
See her wiki page at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_McCaffrey and her web site page