DUBLIN (AP) -- Anne McCaffrey, whose vision of an interstellar alliance between humans and dragons spawned the sci-fi "Dragonriders of Pern" novels, has died in Ireland aged 85, her publisher and family announced Wednesday.
Random House says the Cambridge, Massachusetts-born author died of a stroke Monday at her rural home south of Dublin, her residence for four decades.
McCaffrey was the first woman to win the top two prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and the Nebula, in 1968 and 1969 respectively following publication of her first two novels set on the fictional planet of Pern.
Her popularity peaked with the 1978 publication of the trilogy-completing "The White Dragon."
She is survived by a daughter and two sons, including her frequent writing collaborator Todd.
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