Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011) was an American-Irish author best known for her science fiction and fantasy novels. She was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, but spent much of her life in Ireland.McCaffrey's most famous works are the Dragonriders of Pern series, which began with "Dragonflight" in 1968. The series is set on the planet Pern, where humans live in symbiosis with dragons who protect them from a deadly spore known as Thread. The series continued for over twenty novels and has been beloved by generations of readers.McCaffrey was the first woman to win a Hugo Award for Best Novella for her 1971 work "Weyr Search," which was later incorporated into "Dragonflight." She also won a Nebula Award in 1969 for the same work.In addition to the Dragonriders of Pern series, McCaffrey wrote numerous other novels and short stories, including the Ship Who Sang series and the Crystal Singer trilogy. She was known for her strong female characters and her ability to create intricate, fully-realized worlds.McCaffrey passed away in 2011 at the age of 85, but her legacy lives on through her many beloved works of science fiction and fantasy.