The science fiction and fantasy world was lost something wonderful. Anne McCaffrey, the author who brought us the Pern, Rowen, Crystal Singer, and so many other series and stories has passed away. Anne was a wonderful writer who inspired me as a teen for her wonderful worlds, character development, fight sequences (learned SO much), and plain brilliant storytelling. On top of that, she was quite gracious to other writers and her fans.
So, along with the Dragons who must surely be arching towards the sky, I keen and mourn her passing. She will be greatly missed.