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Old Jun 18 2007, 08:13 PM   #1
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I found this a few weeks ago then I lost it in the book case today I refound it ...it has a tiny article in it that Anne wrote, about her writing...with a lovely dedication at the end of it. I hope that it all shows up well enough... so you can all read and enjoy it...






It didn't look like you could see it well enough to read it soooo...faithfully re-typed...

QUOTE[ Anne McCaffrey...My Favorite Story

Writer are always being asked why they wrote a particular stoy. Most of the time we may not have an obvious reason. I had to find out why I wrote "The Ship Who Sang," first published in Fantasy and Science Fiction in April 1961. But it is, and probably always will be, my favortite.
It has flaws and certainly, with mearly 30 years of publishing behind me now, I would bring stronger skills to its writing now, but then, those skills would not improve the underlying force of the yarn. Why? Because I felt the story so deeply and so keenly, with all the passion of a deep and festering grief, that that grief can still hit an unwary reader (including me) with the same force that it carried when it was first written.
Oddly enough, "Ship" was hand-written, and then typed out. I distinctly remember I was sitting in my bed (safe from my kids for the moment) as I wrote the final few pages. I had tears dripping down my cheecks onto the paper as I killed off my hero "as black space echoed back the song the ship sang." But I knew it was dramatically correct, and effective. I did not realize as I wronte that I was trying to assauage my grief over my father's death. I still am. And every time I read that story aloud, anytime a reader is moved by that last poignant phrase, the story notches up another tribute to my father.
In those early 60's, science fiction was not supposed to be emotional or emotive. There were very few stong women characters and certainly the notion of cyborges was still new and realatively unexplored. So "The Ship Who Sang"/Helva had more impact then than perhaps she does now. Yet, to judge by the fact that it is my most frequently reprinted story, appearing in secondary school texts and many anthologies, the story can obcviously still grab its audience. "The Ship WHo Sang" remains the story I am proudest of writing. Here's to you, Dad!]END QUOTE

I hope that this is all ok and leagal(HI Cheryl )...but since you all know that this is also my most favorite story of Anne's...I had to let you all read it, in the hopes that any of you members that haven't read it...will possibly give it a read...in tribute to Anne and her father.
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Thanks so much for sharing that! I think most of us knew she wrote that story while dealing with the loss of her father but to read that article in her words makes it so much more poignant. It made me feel sort of misty-eyed myself.
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I agree whole heartedly with Sandi! :goes in search of a copy of this for myself!:
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Whew! Found it, bought it! Can't wait to get it!!!
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Wow Becky, that was fast!
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Yep, Sandi, gotta grab 'em when you find 'em!

And thanks to Lady Maelin for the info on this. Something that I didn't have and can't wait to read over. (even tho you did a wonderful job Maelin, but to me there's nothing like reading the original)
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*Looks forward to reading fully when she's not currently in a car trying to read the forum on a laptop bouncing around on her lap as hubby drives over the Appalachians*
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Hans, This is the one I have been trying to find on my desk, to show you...arrggghhh!!! Finally found it..

Becky,Yes indeed, it is the best to read it off of your own copy...

Sandi, this was such a treat for me to find and get to read...and it makes all my "Sip books sing with pride and that is getting to be a very lovely chorus indeed.
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