Anne McCaffrey

Updated Saturday, 24 November, 2012

The first book I ever tried to read by Anne McCaffrey was To Ride Pegasus. My father, who is an avid fan of McCaffrey, had it on his bookshelf, and it looked interesting to me. I was a young teenager, and I enjoyed fantasy novels. I should have read the back of the book to discover that it wasn't a fantasy novel. I hated being let down so much I didn't even finish the book (or get very far, at all). Luckily, at some point, I decided to try Crystal Singer. After that, I read the Dragonriders of Pern series, and all the rest of the series my father had, and kept going with other McCaffrey novels. She's sometimes a little weak on the science part of science fiction, with things such as ships that cross solar systems in matters of hours (in normal space), but her character development is usually wonderful. And when she sticks to the less technical aspects, she writes a mean space opera.

Books I've Read by Anne McCaffrey


Confederacy of the Dead (short stories, edited by Anne McCaffrey)
Confederacy of the DeadAn all-original anthology of short fiction exploring what may be the most fascinating and certainly bloodiest of all American wars--the Civil War--by the bestselling authors of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. Contributors include Anne McCaffrey, Michael Moorcock, William S. Burroughs, and Kristine Kathryl Rusch. 25 stories. (book description)
(I haven't read this book, yet.) Restoree
RestoreeThe Mil have been raiding the planets Tane and Lothar, raiding the population as food. The sudden and mysterious appearance of Sara, and the slow disclosure of her origins, sets in motion political and military upheavals. As the Mil approach for the final conquest, the Lotharians must save themselves, and Sara must save herself from the Loatharians! (book description)

The Brain and Brawn Ship Series

  1. The Ship Who Sang (Paperback edition)
    The Ship Who Sang

    HELVA HAD BEEN BORN HUMAN

    . . . but only her brain had been saved--saved to be schooled, programmed and implanted in the sleek titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to choose a human partner--male or female--to share her exhilarating escapades in space!

    Her life was to be rich and rewarding . . . resplendent with daring adventures and endless excitement, beyond the wildest dreams of mere mortals.

    Gifted with the voice of an angel and being virtually indestructible, Helva XH-834 anticipated a sublime immortality.

    Then one day she fell in love! (book description)

  2. Brain Ships (Hardcover edition) (with Margaret Ball and Mercedes Lackey)
    Brain Ships

    Compilation: Partnership and The Ship Who Searched.

    Partnership
    Nancia, a new member of the elite Courier Service of the Central Worlds and the brain of one of the most advanced stellar ships, finds her innocent vision of human nature shattered when she is paired up with brutish partner Forister.

    The Ship Who Searched
    Accompanying her exo-archaeologist parents on an EsKay dig, seven-year-old Tia becomes afflicted with a strange neural disorder that leaves her totally dependent on a mechanical life support system. (book description)

    1. Partnership (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (with Margaret Ball)
      Partnership

      Several hundred years after Helva was commissioned, Nancia takes her commission as XN-935. Her first trip is to transport five troublesome progeny of high-level families. Nancia finds her cargo have no respect for her or others, so she does not communicate with most of them. Most of the passengers do not realize Nancia is a Brain-ship, so under assumption she is a Drone-ship they conspire to break laws. After five years the passengers will see who has accumulated the greatest wealth. Her recording systems capture the conspiracy, and years later her travels bring her up against the network that the five have been operating. (book description)

    2. The Ship Who Searched (Paperback edition) (by Mercedes Lackey and Anne McCaffrey)
      The Ship Who Searched

      Set in the same universe as The Ship Who Sang and Partnership, The Ship Who Searched tells the story of a shellperson and her search for the EsKays, a star-faring race whose artifacts are scattered througout the galaxy, but whose fate is a mystery.

      It all began when Tia, a bright and spunky seven-year-old accompanying her exo-archaeologist parents on an EsKay dig, was afflicted by a mysterious neural disorder, one whose progressing symptoms finally permit her no life at all outside of some total mechanical support system. But like The Ship Who Sang, Tia won't be satisfied to glide through life like a ghost in a glorified wheelchair; like Helva, Tia is going to strap on a spaceship!

      But Tia has also set herself on a special mission: to seek out whatever it was on the EsKay planet that laid her low, to come to understand and then eliminate it--so that no other little girl will ever suffer the fate of

      THE SHIP WHO SEARCHED
      (book description)

  3. (I haven't read this book, yet) The City and the Ship (Hardcover edition) (with S.M. Stirling)
    The City and the Ship

    Compilation: The City Who Fought and The Ship Avenged

    The City Who Fought
    Simeon was a shell-person--the brain who ran Space Station SSS-900, on the fringes of human space. But things hadn't been going too well lately, and he was more than a little discontented. Though normally he enjoyed his work, these days it seemed boring. To make matters worse, his long-time parner had just retired and he was having a hard time adjusting to his newly assigned brawn--a strong-willed woman named Channa Hap, who seemed to feel it her duty to keep him in line. Simeon's love of wargaming would find unexpected uses when the brutal Kolnari attack the nearby colony planet, Bethel. Sheltering the colony's refugee's brought "the city" an invitation to serious trouble with Kolnari pirates.

    The Ship Avenged
    Planet Bethel bigwig Amos ben Sierra Nueva and his daughter Soamosa are kidnapped by the evil mutant, Belazair of Kolnar, in revenge for a previous defeat; Belazair plans to infect Amos with a contagious brain-destroying virus and then send him back to Bethel. So, after some arm-twisting by secret agent Bros Sperin, spaceship WYAL (brain: Rand; brawn: Joat Simeon-Hap) speeds to the rescue, though Joat and Rand don't yet know about the virus. But then Belazair's kindly son, Karak, refuses to torture Soamosa; instead he falls in love and escapes with her. Joat, meanwhile, discovers that one of Belazair's key associates is the drug-ruined uncle who, when she was a small girl, sold her into slavery in settlement of a gambling debt. (book description)

    1. The City Who Fought (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (with S.M. Stirling)
      The City Who Fought

      Simeon was a shell-person--the brain who ran Space Station SSS-900, on the fringes of human space. But things hadn't been going too well lately, and he was more than a little discontented. Though normally he enjoyed his work, these days it seemed boring. To make matters worse, his long-time parner had just retired and he was having a hard time adjusting to his newly assigned brawn--a strong-willed woman named Channa Hap, who seemed to feel it her duty to keep him in line. Simeon's love of wargaming would find unexpected uses when the brutal Kolnari attack the nearby colony planet, Bethel. Sheltering the colony's refugee's brought "the city" an invitation to serious trouble with Kolnari pirates. (book description)

    2. (I haven't read this book, yet) The Ship Avenged (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (with S.M. Stirling)
      The Ship Avenged

      And now, the sequel . . .

      It's ten years later, and Joat, the eleven year old techno-demon from The City Who Fought, is an adult herself, and by hook, crook, and blackmail (with an assist from Rand, her very own Artificial Intelligence), she's become one of the youngest commercial ship owners in human space.

      Using the good ship WYAL (for While You Ain't Looking) for various motley "transport" jobs, she has quickly gained a reputation as a trustworthy courier with a flexible approach to the rules. Which is why Central Worlds Security has recruited Joat and the WYAL to determine the present whereabouts of the Kolnari space raiders, with whom Joat has an old score to settle.

      But Belazair of the Kolnari has his own plans for revenge through an incurable and highly infectious disease that quickly destroys the higher brain functions, leaving the body a mindless husk. Belazair needs to find a carrier shiy to spread the infection--and the carrier he has hired is Joat, who is completely unaware that she is receiving a deadly cargo that could destroy civilization throughout the galaxy! (book description)

  4. (I haven't read this book, yet) The Ship Who Saved the Worlds (Hardcover edition) (with Jody Lynn Nye)
    The Ship Who Saved the Worlds

    Compilation: The Ship Who Won and The Ship Errant

    The Ship Who Won
    The brainship Carialle and her brawn, Keff, find a habitable planet inhabited by an apparent mix of races and cultures and dominated by an elite of apparent magicians. Appearances are deceiving, however, and by the time the explorers have discovered the planet's secrets--not to mention other intelligent races--they find themselves in a desperate battle to save it.

    The Ship Errant
    Carialle and Keff were the ones who had discovered intelligent life on the planet Ozran. Now she and Keff are serving as couriers for the "globe-frogs", to return them from whence they came. And now all the evidence is indicating that the dirty rats who caused Carialle such pain in the first place may be the very globe-frogs with whom she and Keff have just become friends. (book description)

    1. The Ship Who Won (Paperback edition) or (Hardcover edition) (with Jody Lynn Nye)
      The Ship Who Won

      The brainship Carialle and her brawn, Keff, find a habitable planet inhabited by an apparent mix of races and cultures and dominated by an elite of apparent magicians. Appearances are deceiving, however, and by the time the explorers have discovered the planet's secrets--not to mention other intelligent races--they find themselves in a desperate battle to save it. (book description)

    2. (I haven't read this book, yet) The Ship Errant (Paperback edition) (by Jody Lynn Nye)
      The Ship Errant

      Carialle and Keff were the brainship and brawn crew who discovered intelligent life on the planet Ozran. Now she and Keff are serving as couriers for the "globe-frogs", to return them from whence they came. But to get there, they must transit a sector where Carialle experienced a trauma so intense it nearly destroyed her mind.And now all the evidence is indicating that the slime who caused Carialle such pain in the first place may be the very globe-frogs she and Keff have just become friends with. (book description)

The Crystal Singer

  1. Crystal Singer
    Crystal SingerHer name was Killashandra Ree. And after ten grueling years of musical training, she was still without prospects. Until she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild who could provide careers, security, and wealth beyond imagining. The problem was, few people who landed on Ballybran ever left. But to Killashandra the risks were acceptable.... (book description)
  2. Killashandra
    KillashandraKillashandra's old black crystal claim was destroyed in a storm, and she has little to show for eighteen months work. Her last find provides enough credits to get her off Ballybran - but not far. Killashandra learns the planet Optheria needs a set of white crystals installed in one of their organs for a summer music festival. She obtains the contract to repair the organ and a secondary assignment to find out if the government there is controlling the population against the planetary charter. All goes smoothly until she is kidnapped by an Islander named Lars Dahl, and discovers in time she has fall in love with him. (book description)
  3. Crystal Line
    Crystal LineWhen Killashandra Ree joined the mysterious Heptite Guild, she knew that she would be forever changed. Crystal singing brought ecstasy and pain, near-eternal life...and gradual loss of memory. What she hadn't counted on was the loneliness she felt when her heart still remembered what her mind had forgotten. Fortunately, someone still cared enough to try to salvage what was left of Killashandra's mind. But she would have to learn to open herself--to another person, and to all her unpleasant memories. (book description)

Dinosaur Planet

  1. Dinosaur Planet
    Dinosaur PlanetKai and his beautiful co-leader Varian had a simple enough mission--to catalogue fauna and flora and search for new energy sources for the Federated Sentient Planets. But what they discovered was awesome. The creatures were larger, the resources were smaller, and the rescue ship had disappeared.... (book description)
  2. Dinosaur Planet Survivors
    Dinosaur Planet SurvivorsKai and Varian awoke from their forty years of coldsleep only to discover that mutineers had taken over Ireta. But they were determined to save their planet and its unusual dinosaurs. All they had to do was solve the planet's myriad mysteries and gain the trust of the most dangerous beings in their Universe.... (book description)

  3. The Planet Pirates
    (with Jody Lynn Nye and Elizabeth Moon)
    The Planet PiratesIn Generation Warriors, the list of people who will save the galaxy is not a long one, but together the might and wisdom of them cannot be thwarted. Lunzie, Fordelition, Dupaynil, Aygar and Sassinak work to stop disaster. Sassinak, the novel, tells how Sassinak was only twelve years old when the raiders came. Despite her youth she remembered them and resolved to take revenge on the pirate who killed her parents and friends. In The Death of Sleep, Lunzie Mespill always knew that the "planet pirates" were capable of doing horrible things, but she truly believed nothing would ever happen. Then, the pirates attack the space liner she's on. She thinks fast and decides to spend some time in cryogenic stasis while awaiting rescue. (book description)
    1. Sassinak (with Elizabeth Moon)
      SassinakSassinak was 12 when the raiders came. Old enough to be used, young enough to be broken -- or so they thought. But they reckoned without the girl's will, forged into a steely resolve to avenge herself on the pirates who had killed her parents and friends.

      When the chance comes to escape, Sassinak grabs it, thanks to the help of a captured Fleet crewman. Returned to the Federation of Sentient Planets, she initiates her revenge by joining Fleet as a raw recruit, surprising everyone by her rapid rise to senior rank. And then her vengeance begins in earnest. (book description)
    2. The Death of Sleep (with Jody Lynn Nye)
      The Death Of SleepLike every other citizen of the Federation of Sentient Planets, Lunzie Mespil knew the so-called "planet pirates" were capable of terrible things. But - also like every other citizen of the Federation - she never in her heart of hearts believed anything would happen to her. When pirates attack the space liner on which she is a passenger, Lunzie does not panic. Keeping her head, she makes it to a lifeboat and decides not to worry: she will spend a month or two in cryogenic stasis awaiting inevitable rescue, and then proceed with her life. Only it might not be month or two . . . (book description)
    3. Generation Warriors (with Jody Lynn Nye and Elizabeth Moon)
      Generation WarriorsLunzie, fresh from her adventures in The Death of Sleep, has discovered that the one good heavyworlder she ever met isn't so good after all . . . Dupaynil, having made the mistake of pushing Sassinak too far, has been exiled to Seti space aboard a tiny escort vessel - where he's discovered that the crew are in the pay of the planet pirates . . . Then there's Sassinak, ordered to report to FedCentral for the trial of the mutineer Tanegli. She's been told to disarm her ship when it enters restricted space; she'd been told her crew can't have liberty or leave; and she'd been told to follow all the rules. But the only person who might be able to stop the disaster ahead has never been one to follow the rules . . . (book description)

Freedom

  1. Freedom's Landing
    Freedom's LandingWhen the Catteni ships descended on earth it was one of the most terrifying experiences humankind had ever known. Kris Bjornsen, along with thousands of others, found herself herded by forcewhips into the hold of giant spaceships to be transported to the slave compounds of an alien planet. And even then it wasn't over. For, after a partially successful escapee attempt, Kris was once more shipped across space - to an apparently empty and untamed planet. The Catteni just dumped an assorted load of humans and aliens on the strange world and left them to see what would happen.

    Brilliantly the refugees began to organize themselves into a pattern of survival. The planet was eerie and not as empty as it seemed. For someone - something - had built giant storage barns - the planet was being used as a huge larder - for an entity they could not comprehend.

    As Kris and her patrol set out to explore the enigmatic world she had yet another problem to contend with - the presence of Zainal, the high-ranking patrician Catteni who had been abandoned with the rest of them. Zainal was strong, brilliant, and . . . kind, and Kris was puzzled by this presence, his personality, and above all by the tenuous tie she felt towards this man - who was not a man but one of the hated Catteni. (book description)
  2. Freedom's Choice
    Freedom's ChoiceIn Freedom's Landing, Anne McCaffrey created a new world that human slaves were forced to colonize. In time, this new world became more than a home - it became something to fight for.

    But now Kris Bjornsen and her comrades have found evidence of another race on their planet. Are they ancients long dead and gone? Or could they still exist . . . to join their fight? (book description)
  3. (I haven't read this book, yet) Freedom's Challenge
    Freedom's ChallengeThe inhabitants of Botany - a mixture of humans and extraterrestrials - had managed to build a thriving and productive world out of what had originally been intended as a slave planet. And now they had plans to overthrow the terrible Eosi, who for centuries had existed by subsuming members of the Catteni race, living in their bodies, and ruling space through them.

    The Botanists had received mysterious and unexpected help from the great beings they knew only as 'Farmers'- for the 'Farmers' had thrown up a huge impervious space bubble round Botany. Even as the Eosi ships tried to pulverize the rebellious planet, the bubble held firm.

    But, safe though they were behind the protective device, Kris Bjornsen, Zainal, and all of the Council knew they had to go out and destroy the Eosi on their own ground. It fell to Zainal to risk his life in a desperate and daring mission to vanquish the monster life forms forever. (book description)

Doona

  1. Decision at Doona
    Decision At DoonaAfter the first human contact with the Siwannese ended in a mass suicide, the Terran government made a law that no further contact with sentient aliens would be allowed. But since their own planet was overcrowed, they looked to colonize Doona--until they found the Hrubbans. Their choice was simple but dangerous. They could kill the cat-like Hrubbans, or for the first time in history, learn to coexist with an alien race.... (book description)
  2. Crisis on Doona (with Jody Lynn Nye)
    Crisis On DoonaAs a twenty-five year contract--arranging the cohabitation of the planet Doona between humans and the cat-like Hrrubans--comes up for renewal, an unknown entity works to sabotage the heretofore successful alliance. (book description)
  3. (I haven't read this book, yet) Treaty on Doona (with Jody Lynn Nye)
    Treaty At DoonaSeveral years after resolving a crisis of treachery on Doona, the Humans and Hrrubans encounter a new threat to their peaceful coexistence . . . The Gringgs are not the first alien visitors to Doona, but they are the first to offer friendship - and a proposal to partake in a trade agreement being drawn up by Doona's leaders. Some are willing to trust the Gringgs; others question their true motives . . . and a battle of diplomatic unrest ensues. With Doona's military forces at the ready, the planet once again falls under the dark shadow of uncertainty - and self-destruction. (book description)

Pern

Click here for the Pern series Chronological Order
  1. The Dragonriders of Pern (Paperback edition)

    Dragonflight

    After ten long Turns, Lessa was ready to come out of hiding, to claim her birthright and become Weyrwoman of Benden. But suddenly, the deadly silver threads once again threatened all Pern with destruction. The mighty telepathic dragons were fewer in number, not nearly enough to protect the planet in its hour of greatest peril . . . until Lessa hatched a daring and dangerous scheme to rally support from people who had long ago ceased to exist!

    Dragonquest

    Another Turn and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. The bold dragonriders took to the air once more to destroy the shimmering strands before they hit the ground. But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, before the Oldtimers could breed any more dissent . . . before his brother F'nor could launch another suicide mission . . . and before those dratted fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble!

    The White Dragon

    Never before had there been as close a bond as that between adventurous Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary pure white dragon, Ruth. Though Ruth was a dragon of many talents, almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt. But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads . . . a belief that put them both in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all! (book description)

    1. Dragonflight
      DragonflightAfter ten long Turns, Lessa was ready to come out of hiding, to reclaim her birthright. . .and to Impress the young dragon queen and become Weyrwoman of Benden.

      Suddenly the deadly silver Threads once again threatened all Pern with destruction. But the mighty telepathic dragons that for centuries had defended Pern were now few in number, not nearly enough to protect the planet in its hour of greatest peril. Then Lessa hatched a daring and dangerous scheme to rally supported from people who had long ago ceased to exist! (book description)
    2. Dragonquest
      DragonquestAnother Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the bold dragonriders took to the air once more and their magnificent flying dragons swirled and swooped, belching flames that destroyed the shimmering strands before they reach the ground.

      But F'lar knew he had to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, and he had to find it before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed any more dissent. . .before his brother F'nor would be foolhardy enough to launch another suicide mission. . . and before those dratted fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble! (book description)
    3. The White Dragon
      The White DragonNever had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything. But Jaxom knew better, knew he could teach his dragon to fly and to destroy the deadly silver Threads that fell from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxom and Ruth trained in secret. Their illicit flights seemed but a minor disobedience--until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all! (book description)
  2. On Dragonwings (Paperback edition)
    On Dragonwings

    The spectacular planet Pern seems a paradise to its new colonists—until unimaginable terror turns it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores are falling like silver threads from the sky, destroying everyone and everything they touch. Pern is in mortal danger. The only thing that can stop the Thread is the fire from Pern?s flying dragons. Now, the colonists must join forces with the dragons to burn the Thread before the parasite devours any and all organic life—and turns lush Pern into a barren wasteland.

    On Dragonwings traces the story of the early generations on Pern. From the colonists who first created the fire-breathing dragons for protection, through the rise of the dragonriders, these three novels set readers on a daring quest to protect a beautiful and extraordinary planet.

    Dragonsdawn

    The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists—until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything—and everyone—in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.

    Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety. If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider . . .

    And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately needed—Dragons!

    Dragonseye

    It's been two-hundred years since the deadly Thread fell like rain upon Pern, devouring everything in its path. No one alive remembers that first horrific onslaught and no one believes in its return—except for the dragonriders. For two centuries they have been practicing and training, passing down from generation to generation the formidable Threadfighting techniques.

    Now the ominous signs are appearing: the violent winter storms and volcanic eruptions that are said to herald the approach of the Red Star and its lethal spawn. But one stubborn Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, refuses to believe—and that disbelief could spell disaster. So as the dragonriders desperately train to face a terrifying enemy, they and the other Lord Holders must find a way to deal with Chalkin—before history repeats itself and unleashes its virulence on all of Pern . . . .

    Moreta: Dragon Lady of Pern

    An air of pleasant anticipation hung so thickly over the Halls, Holds and Weyrs of Pern that it had affected even the businesslike ways of Moreta, the Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr, where her dragon, Queen Orlith, would soon clutch.

    Then without warning, a runnerbeast fell ill. Soon myriads of holders, craftsmen, and dragonriders were dying; and the mysterious ailment had spread to all but the most inaccessible holds. Pern was in mortal danger. For, if dragonriders did not rise to char Thread, the parasite would devour any and all organic life it encountered. The future of the planet rested in the hands of Moreta and the other dedicated, selfless Pernese leaders. But of all their problems, the most difficult to overcome was time . . . (book description)

    1. Dragonsdawn
      DragonsdawnThe beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonists—until unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything--and everyone--in their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.

      Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety. If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider...

      And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately needed--Dragons! (book description)
    2. (I haven't read this book, yet) Dragonseye (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
      Dragonseye

      It's been two-hundred years since the deadly Thread fell like rain upon Pern, devouring everything in its path. No one alive remembers that first horrific onslaught and no one believes in its return—except for the dragonriders. For two centuries they have been practicing and training, passing down from generation to generation the formidable Threadfighting techniques.

      Now the ominous signs are appearing: the violent winter storms and volcanic eruptions that are said to herald the approach of the Red Star and its lethal spawn. But one stubborn Lord Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, refuses to believe—and that disbelief could spell disaster. So as the dragonriders desperately train to face a terrifying enemy, they and the other Lord Holders must find a way to deal with Chalkin—before history repeats itself and unleashes its virulence on all of Pern . . . . (book description)

    3. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
      Moreta: Dragonlady Of PernAn air of pleasant anticipation hung so thickly over the Halls, Holds and Weyrs of Pern that it had affected even the businesslike ways of Moreta, the Weyrwoman of Fort Weyr, where her dragon, Queen Orlith, would soon clutch.

      Then without warning, a runnerbeast fell ill. Soon myriads of holders, craftsmen, and dragonriders were dying; and the mysterious ailment had spread to all but the most inaccessible holds. Pern was in mortal danger. For, if dragonriders did not rise to char Thread, the parasite would devour any and all organic life it encountered. The future of the planet rested in the hands of Moreta and the other dedicated, selfless Pernese leaders. But of all their problems, the most difficult to overcome was time... (book description)
  3. Nerilka's Story
    Nerilka's StoryA deadly epidemic was sweeping across Pern!

    Everyone, holder and dragonrider alike, pitched in to help--except Nerilka's father, who refused to share Fort Hold's bounty with the other Holds. So, ashamed of her family and determined to do her part, Nerilka packed up medicines and supplies and sneaked off to aid her people.

    Her quest to help wherever she was most needed led her finally to Ruatha Hold, where Lord Alessan was frantically preparing the precious serum needed for mass inoculations against the dread plague.

    Nerilka had long ago abandoned the hope of marriage and a home of her own. Now she found happiness in being useful and appreciated--first the Healers and then Alessan made very clear that they were grateful for her help.

    She had no idea that her new path would change the course of her life forever! (book description)
  4. The Renegades of Pern
    The Renegades Of PernAs long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the dragonriders, Pern's greatest weapon against Thread.

    But not everyone on Pern was protected. Some had been rendered holdless as punishment for wrongdoing. Some, like Jayge's trader clan, simply preferred the freedom of the roads to the security of a hold. Others, like Aramina's family, had lost their holds. And they all feared the outlaws who preyed on holds and holdless alike.

    The Lady Thella's renegades were the most dangerous yet--all they needed was Aramina, whose telepathic link with dragons could help them evade the dragonrider patrols. But Jayge was out to stop Thella. . . and he would never let her have Aramina! (book description)
  5. All the Weyrs of Pern
    All The Weirs Of PernFor generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fighting Thread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky to ravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragons they flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reach the planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was to find a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again would their beloved Pern be threatened with destruction. Now, for the first time, it looked as if that dream could come true. For when the people of Pern, led by Masterharper Robinton and F'lar and Lessa, Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, excavated the ancient remains of the planet's original settlement, they uncovered the colonists' voice-activated artificial intelligence system-which still functioned! And the computer had incredible news for them: There was a chance--a good chance--that they could, at long last, annihilate Thread once and for all! (book description)
  6. The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (short stories)
    The Chronicles Of Pern: First FallTravel back to the earliest days of Pernese history in this first-ever Dragonriders of Pern short-story collection. Join the original survey team as they explore Pern and decide to recommend it for colonization. Share the terror of the evacuation from the Southern Continent as a flotilla of ships, aided by intelligent, talking dolphins, braves the dreadful currents of the Pernese ocean . . . Building a new life on a distant world, braving the dreaded Thread that falls like silver rain from the sky only to destroy every living thing it touches, flying heroically on the wondrous dragons: The Dragonriders of Pern! (book description)
  7. The Dolphins of Pern
    The Dolphins Of PernWhen the first humans came to settle the planet Pern, they did not come alone: intelligence-enhanced dolphins also crossed the stars to colonize the oceans of the new planet while their human partners settled the vast continents. But then disaster struck. The deadly silver spores called Thread fell like rain from the sky, and as the human colonists' dreams of a new, idyllic life shattered into a desperate struggle for survival, the dolphins were forgotten . . .

    Now, centuries later, as the dragonriders of Pern were preparing to complete the momentous task of ridding their world of Thread forever, T'lion, a young bronze rider, and his friend Readis, son of the Lord Holder of Paradise River Hold, made contact with the legendary "shipfish." And as the dragonriders grappled with the ending of an era, T'lion, Readis, and the dolphins faced the start of a new one: reviving the bond between land-and ocean-dwellers--and resurrecting the dreams of the first colonist of Pern! (book description)
  8. (I haven't read this one) The Masterharper of Pern
    The  MasterharperOf PernPern: a beautiful world ravaged by Thread, the deadly spores that fall like silver rain, devouring every living thing in their path. Pern: where dragons' flaming breath burns Thread out of the sky before it can drop on the helpless land below. Pern: where harper songs warn of Thread, record history, and prepare for the future. The harpers are the glue that holds the people of Pern together; and no man is more influential than the MasterHarper of Pern.

    In a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries--when, indeed, many are beginning to dare hope that Thread will never fall again--a boy is born to Harper Hall. His name is Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known.

    The son of Petiron, renowned composer, and Merelan, one of Pern's most gifted singers, Robinton is a prodigy from birth. As a child, he is already composing music that the apprentice and journeyman harpers play with delight. And he also discovers another gift: he has the ability to speak with the dragons, who tend to reach out telepathically only to their riders.

    But not everyone appreciates his talents. His own father, driven by jealousy, spurns the boy. And far to the north, in the High Reaches, trouble is brewing in the form of a despotic holder, Fax, who hates harpers in general--and Robinton in particular.

    It is a perilous time for harpers. They sing of Thread, yet more and more people are beginning to doubt the return of that deadly scourge. They teach reading, writing, and history, yet Fax is determined to keep his growing area of influence free of the learning that might sow unrest. And they extol the dragonriders, whom many view increasingly as a drain on the resources of the Holds. Now harpers are being turned away from holds; and, worse yet, they are being derided, attacked, even beaten.

    It is in this climate of unrest that Robinton will come into his own. For despite the tragedies that beset his own life, he continues to believe in music and in the dragons, and he is determined to save his beloved Pern from itself...so that the dragonriders can be ready to fly against the dreaded Thread when at last it returns! As the teaching songs sing:

    Dragonmen must fly
    When Threads are in the sky! (book description)
  9. The Skies of Pern (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition)
    The Skies of Pern

    It is a time of hope and regret, of endings and beginnings. The Red Star, that celestial curse whose eccentric orbit was responsible for Thread, has been shifted to a harmless orbit, and the current Threadfall will be the last. Technological marvels are changing the face of life on Pern, and the dragonriders, led by F'lessan, son of F'lar and Lessa and rider of bronze Golanth, and Tai, rider of green Zaranth, must forge a new place for themselves in a world that may no longer need them.

    But change is not easy for everyone. There are those who will stop at nothing to keep Pern and its people pure. And now a brand-new danger looms from the skies and threatens a catastrophe of unimaginable proportions. Once again, the world looks to the dragons and their riders to save the world. But now, as the friendship of F'lessan and Tai begins to bloom into something more, unforeseen tragedy strikes: a tragedy destined to forever change the future—not just of the two young lovers, but of every human and dragon on Pern . . . (book description)

  10. (I haven't read this book, yet) Dragon's Kin (Mass Market Paperback) or (Hardcover edition) (by Anne and Todd McCaffrey)
    Dragon's Kin

    Young Kindan has no expectations other than joining his father in the mines of Camp Natalon, a coal mining settlement struggling to turn a profit far from the great Holds where the presence of dragons and their riders means safety and civilization. Mining is fraught with danger. Fortunately, the camp has a watch-wher, a creature distantly related to dragons and uniquely suited to specialized work in the dark, cold mineshafts. Kindan's father is the watch-wher's handler, and his son sometimes helps him out. But even that important job promises no opportunity outside the mine.

    Then disaster strikes. In one terrible instant, Kindan loses his family and the camp loses its watch-wher. Fathers are replaced by sons in the mine—except for Kindan, who is taken in by the camp's new Harper. Grieving, Kindan finds a measure of solace in a burgeoning musical talent . . . and in a new friendship with Nuella, a mysterious girl no one seems to know exists. It is Nuella who assists Kindan when he is selected to hatch and train a new watch-wher, a job that forces him to give up his dream of becoming a Harper; and it is Nuella who helps him give new meaning to his life.

    Meanwhile, sparked by the tragedy, long-simmering tensions are dividing the camp. Far below the surface, a group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret. As warring factions threaten to explode, Nuella and Kindan begin to discover unknown talents in the misunderstood watch-wher—talents that could very well save an entire Hold. During their time teaching the watch-wher, the two learn some things themselves: that even a seemingly impossible dream is never completely out of reach . . . and that light can be found even in darkness. (book description)


  11. The Harper's Hall Trilogy
    1. Dragonsong
      DragonsongMenolly has a talent for music matched by no one else in Halfcircle Seahold. Her parents do not approve of her musical interest but tolerated it while the Harper was alive. With the death of Harper Petiron her parents suppress her only real love - music. Menolly flees the hold to the seacaves to live with her music and fire lizards. One day she is caught out in the open during threadfall, trying to outrun the leading edge. She is saved by a thread-fighting dragon, and her rescue sets in motion events and meetings with people that will change her life and future. (book description)
    2. Dragonsinger
      DragonsingerMenolly arrives at the Harper Crafthall. Though at first afraid and apologetic, she quickly learns her way around and makes friends. (book description)
    3. Dragondrums
      DragondrumsWhen his boy soprano voice begins to change, Piemur is drafted by Masterharper Robinton to help with political work and is sent on missions that lead him into unusual and sometimes dangerous adventures. (book description)

    Chronological Order of Pern Books

    In the First Pass:
    1. Dragonsdawn
    2. The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
    In the Second Pass:
    1. Dragonseye
    In the Third Pass:
    1. Dragon's Kin
    In the Sixth Pass:
    1. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
    2. Nerilka's Story
    In the Ninth Pass:
    1. Dragonflight
    2. Dragonsong
    3. Dragonquest
    4. Dragonsinger (overlaps with Dragonquest)
    5. The White Dragon
    6. Dragondrums (overlaps with The White Dragon
    7. The Masterharper of Pern (overlaps with all of the above and more)
    8. The Renegades of Pern
    9. All the Weyrs of Pern
    10. The Dolphins of Pern
    11. The Skies of Pern

Petaybee

  1. Powers That Be (with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough)
    Powers That BeStrange things were happening on the icy planet called Petaybee. Unauthorized genetically engineered species had been spotted, while some people were simply disappearing. None of the locals were talking to the company, so the company sent disabled combat veteran Yanaba Maddock to spy. But a strange thing happened. With her relocation to the arctic planet came a return of Yana's health and strength. And the more she got to know the people of Petaybee, the more determined she became to protect her new home.... (book description)
  2. Power Lines (with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough)
    Power LinesYanaba Maddock's short-lived career as a company spy had ended the moment the planet Petaybee and its people had adopted her as one of their own. Now she was dedicated to keeping Intergal from exploiting and wounding--or even killing--the world she had come to love. For Intergal persisted in denying that Petaybee was sentient, and nothing would stop it from stripping the ore-rich planet--sentient or not.

    Only solid evidence would convince the company to leave the planet alone, and for all its sentience, Petaybee's communications were highly subjective; indeed, some outsiders seemed entirely immune to its voice. So Yana and her friends would have to find some other way to prove that the planet was worth more to the company alive than dead... (book description)
  3. Power Play (with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough)
    Power PlayPetaybee was growing up. Day by day, the sentient planet--like any child--was learning to recognize and understand the meaning of outside stimuli, to respond to those stimuli, to communicate its own needs and desires...even to use human speech.

    Yanaba Maddock had appointed herself defender of her adopted planet, and she had even succeeded in proving its sentience to all the nonbelievers. But despite all her efforts, few outsiders truly cared for the feelings and intelligence of what they perceived to be a giant hunk of rock--or a mere oddity to be gawked at.

    Then Yana was kidnapped. The price of her freedom--the planet itself.

    But the only one who could speak for Petaybee was Petaybee--and no one knew what a living planet could do once it found its voice... (book description)

Tower & Hive

  1. The Rowan
    TheRowanEven as a child, the Rowan was one of the strongest Talents ever born. Telepaths across the world had heard her mental distress calls when her family's home was suddenly destroyed . . . Years later, she became a Prime Talent, blessed with a special power which stretched across the stars. But without family, friends - or love - the Rowan's power was not enough to bring her happiness . . . Then a telepathic message came from a distant world facing an alien threat, a message sent by an unknown Talent. Now - be it power, danger, or love - the Rowan is about to meet her match. (book description)
  2. Damia
    DamiaAfra has submerged his romantic feelings for the great telepath, Rowan, and has even dedicated his life to helping raise her family, but trouble brews for Afra when Rowan's talented daughter, Damia, begins to fall for him. (book description)
  3. Damia's Children
    Damia's ChildrenAlthough they have inherited their mother's legendary powers of telepathy, Damia's children will need more than psionic Talent to face the enemy's children, an alien race more insect than human. (book description)
  4. Lyon's Pride
    Lyon'sPrideTelepathy is the Lyon family birthright. And now all of them must combine their individual powers to combat the Hivers - a relentless race that has slaughtered entire populations in its search for a new home . . . (book description)
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