Anne McCaffrey

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The concept of a spaceship as a living being is cleverly developed in [The Ship Who Sang]…. The present work may not be up to the standards of [Anne McCaffrey's] Dragonflight …, but it is a winning treatment…. In a special way this is a love story, for Helva … finally finds her ideal ship partner.

Richard W. Ryan, "The Book Review: 'The Ship Who Sang'," in Library Journal (reprinted from Library Journal, October 1, 1969; published by R. R. Bowker Co. (a Xerox company); copyright © 1969 by Xerox Corporation), Vol. 94, No. 17, October 1, 1969, p. 3468.

When things get too terrible, the SF writer can always scuttle into a never-never world. Plausibility is just about down to nothing in Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight. This novel of a quasi-medieval world where chaps ride telepathic dragons and fend off things from outer space won a Hugo Award. A number of people evidently hate the here-and-now.

"The Feasibility Factor," in The Times Literary Supplement (© Times Newspapers Ltd. (London) 1969; reproduced from The Times Literary Supplement by permission), No. 3529, October 16, 1969, p. 1215.∗

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