Anne McCaffrey

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She has written a great many books from Restoree, her first novel all the way through to the Talent books.

Undoubtedly, though, the best known of her books are the Dragonrider books set on the world of Pern.

Pern was colonised by a group from Earth who were fleeing the technic galaxy after a vicious war so they plan for a low tech colony and at first things seem to be going well; Pern is a near ideal world for the type of colony they wanted, and the Southern Continent was beautifully subtropical. But there was a step child in Rukbat's system. A planet with a wild orbit that swung between the frozen outer reaches and the warm inner planets. making a particularly close approach to Pern, where it caused viroidal life forms to fall on the warm and fertile planet, where they developed into a form that could destroy a planet.

These books deal with the efforts of a colony to deal with the effects of a space born spore, and the amazing creatures bred to help the humans with their task.

In recent years Todd, Anne's son, has joined his mother in writing books in the Pern milieu

The books are:

Dragons Dawn

Red Star Rising

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern

Nerilka's Story



The White Dragon




The Renegades of Pern

The Masterharper of Pern

The Skies of Pern

Dragons Kin Pern isn't just the mighty dragons...

Dragonsblood (Todd McCaffrey)

Dragonheart(Todd McCaffrey)

Dragon Girl (Todd McCaffrey)

Dragon's Time (Todd McCaffrey)

As might be expected from a series that has been running as long as this, the books are of varying quality as Anne uncovers more aspects of what is a ever more fleshed out planet. As the dragonriders have overcome their traditional raison d'etre, Thread, Ms McCaffrey has concentrated on the Craft Halls and other aspects of Pernese society. 

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