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American-born Irish writer Anne McCaffrey (1926 – 2011) is best known for her science fiction works, including the Dragonriders of Pern series. A trailblazer, McCaffrey was the first woman to win a Hugo Award and the first to win a Nebula Award, as well as the author of one of the first science fiction books to earn a place on the New York Times bestseller list. Born in Massachusetts, she attended high school in New Jersey and Virginia, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College with a degree in Slavonic languages and literature. McCaffrey worked at various jobs before becoming a writer. She moved to Ireland in 1970 after filing for divorce. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey as its Grand Master in 2005, and she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.

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