Lord, I’m close enough to epitaph writing that I wouldn’t be very witty. I think ‘Story Teller’ would be a good summation. Anne McCaffery.
I share the sentiments of Scott Sigler, who wrote on Facebook:
Anne McCaffrey has passed away. She was my favorite author as a kid. I couldn’t get enough of Pern, Dragonflight, Dragonsinger and the Crystal Singer.
Anne created magic, pure and simple. I read the paperbacks over and over, until they were crumbling. Out of all the books I read as a kid (and there were a lot of them), Pern was the one place I most wanted to be real.
She was a big part of my desire to write, to create, and to take people away to another place. Her writing taught me that the fantastic could be rooted in science instead of magic. The collapse of advanced cultures into medieval states, the real fading into myth, and genetically engineered monsters remain central aspects of my own work, thanks to her.
Her books will stand the test of time and remain classics of science fiction.