[singlepic id=3752 h=200 float=right]The cover art for DRAGONWRITER, A TRIBUTE TO ANNE MCCAFFREY AND PERN was originally conceived in 1991 for her novel ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN.

Anne often reminded readers that her Pern series were science fiction novels and this was a scene that she wished could be on the cover. Michael did a tight preliminary called “In the Cargo Hold.” He was ready to do the full-size painting, but he had a dream in which he envisioned the dragons having a conference high up in the clouds. He told Anne about it and she liked it so much that she wrote the scene into her story and that’s what became the cover.

This new book seemed like the perfect time to realize the final painting from all those years ago, and IN THE CARGO HOLD became DRAGON ABOARD – with his dear friend Anne appearing on the video screen.

  • Dragonlover

    I am a huge Anne McCaffrey fan and truly love the artwork Michael Whelan did for her Pern novels. If any-one knows if He has a studio in or near southern Wi. where I can purchase some of the paintings please let me know @ roobabe123@gmail.com. Thank You and Godspeed, Colleen Black

  • Devil_Dinosaur

    Brilliant! I remember this unused preliminary from one of the art books; to see it finally realized as a full painting is amazing. Thanks, Michael: you’ve been a huge inspiration and a major influence on my own work.

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