The first question one must tackle when compiling
a long bibliography is how to organize it: alphabetically, by
series, or by date of publication. Each way has it's own
merits and uses. Organizing by series makes a lot of sense
with an author that has quite a number of different series, to
make it easy for the unfamiliar reader to pick a book to start
with, and for the longer-time reader to see if their are new
works in their favorite series. An alphabetical order
makes it easy for the collector to see what might be missing in
their collection, especially with as many works as McCaffrey has
written. In order by publication date shows the
progression of an author's career, and makes it easy for the
major fan who reads all the author's books to see what's new.
So which way is best?
None of them and all of them! I've decided to provide Anne
McCaffrey's bibliography in all three formats, so that you may
choose the order that meets your needs best.
indicated that these bibliographic pages separately list books
from short stories, please note that there are some items
(mainly novellas - long short stories or short novels) which are
either hard to classify or which legitimately can be classified
both ways (usually because they've been published both as
individual items and as part of short story collections).
These items therefore can be found as part of both the book and
short story bibliographies. Also note that any short
stories which belong to one of Anne McCaffrey's series are
listed as part of the Series Order bibliography.