One of my all-time favorite sci-fi authors, Anne McCaffrey, passed away at age 85 a month ago, on November 21st. From Restoree, to Killashandra, to The Dragonsinger and Dragon-Rider series, to The Crystal Singer series, to The Ship Who Sang.... Mrs. McCaffrey's books and short stories were the ones I read and re-read the most.
Her women were so very human, and strong, and confident, and smart. Her stories gave me stability in my younger world of turmoil. Sanity when all around me there was none. Confidence when I lacked my own.
She's left quite a legacy--a world that I hope to follow someday.