Back in junior high I was crazy for Pern. I found the Dragonriders trilogy first, but it was the Harper Hall trilogy that I loved. I will always be grateful for Robinton, Menolly, and Piemur.
McCaffrey had some odd ideas about male homosexuality, and upon examination the premise of The Ship Who Sang is pretty fucking horrifying, but I found her books when I needed them and I read and re-read them for years. I'm sad that she is gone.