It is with great sadness that I learned earlier this weekend that Anne died on Tuesday 22nd November at the age of 85. She is the author of the Pern series featuring dragons fighting a plague that fell from the skies. She also wrote the Acorna the unicorn girl series, the talent series, Crystal singers, and a few more. In her own way she changed the face of science fiction/fantasy stories.
A nice bit here about her=
Anne McCaffrey, Dragonriders of Pern creator, dead at 85 | Blastr