Nov 22, 2011 – It is with great sadness that we must report the sudden passing of Anne McCaffrey on November 21, 2011. Anne was a wonderful person, and long standing friend of Albedo One. Her writing enjoyed huge popularity as well as critical acclaim. Her fine short story “Weyr Search”‘, originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact in 1967, won a Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1968. Her novella Dragonrider won a Nebula Award the following year. Her novel, Restoree, is regarded as an important and influential riposte to stereotypical portrayals of women in the science fiction of the decade. In 2005, Anne was named the 22nd Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writer’s of America (SFWA) and in 2006, she was Inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Anne had also acted for the past two years as a Grand Judge for the International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest, lending her great experience to the task of choosing the winning stories in the contest. More information, including a statement from Anne’s son, Todd, can be found here. Our deepest sympathies go to Anne’s family, friends and legion of fans.