Anne McCaffrey This is an epic sci-fi book cover. I have probably read every one of her books. She was perhaps the first sci-fi/ fantasy author that I got into back in Jr. High and helped begin my lifelong cultish book addiction.
I'm not a huge Sci-Fi fan, but Anne McCaffrey's Pern books took me to a world that I just LOVE. Not a "high tech" Sci-Fi. A planet with dragons and people that ride them. Good characters. A great mental escape.
Anne Inez McCaffrey (1926 – 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series. During McCaffrey's 46-year career, she won the Hugo Award and was the first female recipient of the Nebula Award. Her book The White Dragon became one of the first science-fiction novels to appear on the New York Times Best Seller list. Read Details - NYTimes.com