I was greatly saddened by the passing of Anne McCaffrey, a very favorite author of mine. George Kelly alerted me to the January 2012 issue of Locus magazine, which is the McCaffrey issue. I was too late to find it at the book store (sold out, they only get about 10 copies) but was able to order it directly, and it came in the mail the other day.
I’m not a regular Locus reader, let alone a subscriber (George told me he’s subscribed for 34 years now!) and aside from the biographical article on McCaffrey, and a dozen or so eulogies, the magazine is mostly reviews, announcements, publishing information and so forth. That’s not information I’d read in-depth on a monthly basis, so I still won’t subscribe, but I sure did enjoy the cover article here.
I love McCaffrey’s Pern books, have read all of them more then once, have reviewed several of them on this blog. The crystal singer books are also favorites, and I’ve read many others. I’m not a fan of the Pern books written with or by Todd McCaffrey, however and cannot recommend them on any basis. I wasn’t surprised to read his eulogy to his mother in this issue and find it was all about…Todd. He claims to have been the inspiration for many of the Pern novels including The White Dragon, to have been her “go to guy” for ideas and editing, and so on. Bleah. However the material by Robert Silverberg and many others was worth reading. A good issue, which your local library may have in hand.