- At 60,000 words around her birthday she «got the urge», she told us, and finished the draft by the end of April. The working title given to us at Anne's birthday was «New Era, Pern» but a few days ago Anne told us she dubbed it «After the Fall».
- — Hans van der Boom, News Archive
However, after that (around 2008, at the age of 82), Anne warned fans with whom she spoke that she might not be able to finish the book due to health problems. So it happened. November 21, 2011 Anne McCaffrey passed away.
In his commentary after the death of Anne, Hans van der Boom, who apparently saw the manuscript or its fragments, said:
- I don't think Anne's latest book is ever to be published. I'm hesitant to talk about the plot and the story but I didn't like it and I did tell Anne. She had tried to get it publoished [sic] it since 2007 and DelRey refused it twice, so the people at the publisher's obviously didn't believe in it.
- — An Anne McCaffrey Discussion Forum, June 22, 2012
In July 2012, Todd McCaffrey stated:
- I don’t know if «After the Fall is Over» will complete the story of Lessa and F'lar or merely expand it. The latest version of the manuscript is with Mum’s agent.
- — Todd McCaffrey answering reader questions, July 15, 2012
According to Todd, not only he, but his sister, Gigi, has the right to continue the cycle. He considers her a good writer and was looking forward to when she wrote her first novel about Pern, only after that they would start thinking about the continuation of the novel After the Fall Is Over. But due to the moral pressure that Georges felt, she was in no hurry to release her book.
Gigi released her book Dragon's Code on October 2, 2018. Information about the work on the After the Fall Is Over yet.