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Get Off the Unicorn (1982)
Open these pages and discover 14 remarkable stories of fantasy by a
grand master of the genre. A wonderful writer, as well as successful and
beloved by fans across the world, Anne McCaffrey has created an exciting
collection of telepaths, secret gifts, dangerous missions, dragonriders, and
The Girl Who Heard Dragons (1985)
Anne McCaffrey's dragons are the stuff of which SF/fantasy legends
are made. All of her dragon books for many years have been national
bestsellers. She is one of the most popular writers ever in fantasy and
science fiction.The Girl Who Heard Dragons is a feast for McCaffrey fans and
for all readers - a big, satisfying compilation of her fiction never before
collected in book form. Best of all, it opens with an original short novel
of Pern, "The Girl Who Heard Dragons." In addition, the book contains 24
beautiful black and white drawings by award-winning artist Michael
Whelan.Romance, humor, colorful description and affecting characters are
Anne McCaffrey's hallmarks and the fifteen stories herein have these virtues
in abundance. No wonder the Chicago Sun-Times described her as a "master of
the well-told tale.""The Girl Who Heard Dragons" is the story of Aramina, a
teenage girl of Pern who hears dragons - a skill which does not seem likely
to help solve her family's problems. They are "holdless," and must
constantly roam the land, trying to hide from bandits. Aramina's mother
fears losing her daughter completely to the life of a dragonrider, but
McCaffrey has another fate in mind for her young heroine.
Alchemy and Academe (1987)
An enchanting collection of tales, enchantments, things magical and
strange, devils and demons, professors of potent powers, witchcraft and
wizardry, and more. Master fantasy writer Anne McCaffrey has chosen 20 short
tales and poems of wonder and awe, written by the finest writers of fantasy
today, including: Robert Silverberg, L. Sprague de Camp, R.A. Lafferty, Gene
Wolfe, Carol Emshwiller, Sonya Dorman, and others.
A Gift of Dragons (2002)
For more than thirty years, Pern has conjured visions of brave men
and women mounted upon the backs of dragons. As anyone knows who has been
touched by the storytelling magic of Anne McCaffrey, to read of the exotic
world of Pern is to inhabit it—and to experience its extraordinary dragons
is to soar aloft with them and share their dazzling adventures.
Now, A Gift of Dragons brings together three beloved stories and a
thrilling new tale of Pern in a single volume illustrated with beautiful
artwork by Tom Kidd. In “The Smallest Dragonboy,” Keevan is the youngest
dragonrider candidate, determined to impress a dragon when the next clutch
of eggs hatches. But what transpires will surprise everyone—Keevan most of
all. In “The Girl Who Heard Dragons,” a young girl’s rare ability to
communicate with dragons puts her family in danger and will bring her face
to face with her greatest fears—and with her most secret desire. The “Runner
of Pern” is a girl named Tenna, who follows family tradition by delivering
messages—and who will find her destiny on the mossy traces that runners have
used for centuries under the dragon-filled sky. And finally, a very special
gift: an exciting new Pern adventure, published here for the first time,
fresh from the imagination of Anne McCaffrey.
Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey (2004) with John Gregory
Stellar recipes and gourmet lore from Fantasy and Science Fiction's star
Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (1997) with Margaret Ball
She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead,
funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the
ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken
bones. A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod
amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took her to the bandit planet Kezdet, a
place where no questions are asked and the girl might grow up free.
But Kezdet has its own dark secret. The prosperity of the planet is based on
a hideous trade in child slave labor, administered by "The Piper" -- a
mystery man with special plans for Acorna and her powers. But free little
girls have a way of growing into freedom-loving young women, and Acorna has
special plans all her own. . .
(1997) with Elizabeth A. Scarborough
Filled with adventure and wonder, Acorna's Peoplecontinues the enthralling
saga of Acorna, the beautiful, brave, and kindhearted creature known as the
With the help of her "uncles" and the thousands of humans who love and
admire her, Acorna has found her true people, the peaceful, telepathic
Linyaari. But Acorna still has much to do before she can enjoy her new home.
The legendary resting place of the lost Linyaari ancestors has yet to be
found. And with the help of a rogue spacetrader and his feline sidekick,
Acorna must strive to right an unspeakable wrong and defeat an enemy even
crueler than the Khleevi. Along the way, she will at last uncover the
Universe's most carefully guarded secret--the true nature of the ancient
link between the Linyaari and the space-faring humans she has also come to
think of as her "people."
The Unicorn Girl: The Illustrated Adventures
Includes stories by Jody Lynn Nye, Mickey Zucker Reichert, and Roman Ranieri
(1998) with Margaret Ball
Found as an infant drifting in space, Acorna, the Unicorn Girl, has become a
young woman. She still has her tiny, translucent horn, and her "funny" feet
and hands. And, she still has her miraculous ability to make plants grow and
heal human sickness.
But Acorna has strange dreams of a gentle folk who mind-speak by touching
horns. With her "Uncle" Calum, one of the three grizzled asteroid
prospectors who rescued, protected, and raised her, she sets off to find her
people. No sooner does she leave than a mysterious craft appears, piloted by
the Linyaari, a gentle race with telepathic powers.
The Linyaari are roaming the galaxy, spreading the alarm about the deadly
Khleev--And searching for a beloved little girl they had given up for lost,
(1999) with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Acorna, the "unicorn girl" has made peace with her
Linyaari past, and aboard the interplanetary salvage vessel Condor she
is finally free. But dread overtakes her when a distress signal summons
Acorna and her companions to a nearby planet. For among the myraid wonders
of this world of sentient plants and intoxicating perfumes are unmistakable
signs that everythng Acorna holds dear is in peril. A promise of
world-shattering devastation is in the celestial winds-and impending
catastrophe at the claws of the cold-blooded insectile race that seeks to
eradicate all Linyaari and human life from the galaxy...the
(2002) with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The homeworld Acorna has never known was horribly scarred in the brutal
attack by the cold-blooded Khleevi, but the Linyaari -- the
unicorn girl's gentle, spiritual race -- live on. Now is the time for
healing and rebuilding, for restoring the natural beauty corrupted by the
savage insectile oppressors. But Acorna's Linyaari friends and
colleagues begin mysteriously disappearing soon after work gets under way,
among them her beloved Aari. And her desperate search for answers will lead
courageous Acorna to a shocking discovery beneath the surface of her
people's world -- and deep into the realms of limitless space, where the
truth of the origin of everything awaits.
(2003) with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Acorna's people, the Linyaari, have begun reclaiming
their homeworld from the ravages of the brutal Khleevi. But the first wave
of explorers has unlocked a larger mystery about the origins of the Linyaari
-- one that has led Aari, Acorna's beloved lifemate, on a dangerous journey
from which he may never return.
Setting off on a quest to find Aari, Acorna and her friends -- Captain
Becker, Mac, Nadhari, and RK -- are forced to crash land on the beautiful
and barbaric exotic jungle world of Makahomia, home of the mysterious Temple
Cats. But an evil scheme threatens to destroy the sacred felines. To save
the cats, Acorna will lead a band of rebels on a journey into Makahomia's
temples and hidden sanctuaries.
And there, within one sacred shrine, she will discover shocking information
that could lead to Aari . . .or to disaster.
(2004) with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Aari has returned! Now he and his lifemate, the brave
and beautiful Acorna, can finish rebuilding their once-decimated homeworld.
Yet Aari's travels through time have left him oddly changed, and he barely
remembers Acorna or their love. And as Aari's actions turn more sinister,
Acorna must shift her attention to stopping the destruction of innocents by
a vicious criminal. It is precisely the sort of weakness and confusion the
dreaded Khleevi have been hoping for, as the brutal insectile oppressors set
in motion their final invasion and the total destruction of the Linyaari and
the conquest of their world. Though Acorna's heart is wounded, her courage
and determination must remain strong in this dark time -- for only then will
she be able to rescue the Aari she knows and adores, and halt the
bloodthirsty alien menace for good and for all.
Helva had been born human, but only her brain had been saved and implanted
into the titanium body of an intergalactic scout ship. But first she had to
choose a human partner, to soar with her through the daring adventures and
exhilarating escapades in space.
PartnerShip (1992) with Margaret Ball
The Ship Who Searched (1992) with Mercedes Lackey
The City Who Fought (1993) with S.M. Stirling
The Ship Who Won (1994) with Jody Lynn Nye
The Ship Avenged (1997) with S.M. Stirling
Her 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....
At first Killashandra Ree's ambitions to become a Crystal Singer, get
rich, and forget her past, were going just as she had hoped. But after she
grew wealthy, a devastating storm turned her claim to useless rock. In
short order she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she
was going to die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved
was to leave him....
Crystal Line (1992)
When 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.
Kai 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....
Dinosaur Planet (1984)
Kai 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
Sassinak (1990) with Elizabeth Moon
The Death of Sleep (1990) with Jody Lynn Nye
Generation Warriors (1991) with Elizabeth Moon,
The Planet Pirates (1995) with Elizabeth Moon and Jody
The Planet Pirates traces the careers of two remarkable women.
Sassinak escaped from slavery to freedom, and then used that
freedom to fight the evil that had wrecked her world, first as a cadet,
later as a captain, and finally as an Admiral of the Fleet. Lunzie, one of
the galaxy's greatest healers, is Sassinak's great grandmother--but in
actual years she is her junior; Lunzie spent nearly a century in coldsleep
waiting for rescue when her ship was destroyed. Imagine their mutual
surprise when Sassinak rescued her. How together Sassinak and Lunzie save
first a world, and then a confederation of worlds--and almost in
passing establish amity between the genetically engineered Heavy Worlders
and normal reality--is the story of The Planet Pirates.
The Mystery of Ireta (2003)
The crew of shipbred technicians sent to the planet Ireta were prepared
for a routine mission to catalog flora and fauna and search for new energy
sources. Kai and his beautiful coleader Varian, the best xenob-vet in the
business, followed all the standard procedures, but the result of their
investigations was totally unexpected.
When their rescue ship mysteriously disappears, they suddenly find
themselves surrounded by giant swamp creatures, deadly predators, and
terrifying dinosaurs. And a curious change begins to come over many of the
crew members?a mutinous change that will lead all of them, in one way or
another, into the primitive darkness of a future world that holds many
mysteries yet to be revealed. . . .
Over twenty-five years ago, the first humans came to the unspoiled planet
of Doona. They ignored one important fact: They were not alone. Doona was
the home of the cat-like alien race of Hrrubans. And so began an
experiment in cohabitation that lasted for a quarter of a century.
Their contract is now up for renewal.
Now, their delicate alliance is threatened by new alien visitors offering
friendship. But not everyone believes in their motives. And as a battle of
diplomatic unrest ensues, Doona once again falls under the dark shadow of
uncertainty and self-destruction.
After 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 to coexist with an alien race....
Crisis on Doona (1993) with Jody Lynn Nye
Treaty at Doona (Originally
Treaty Planet) (1994) with
Jody Lynn Nye
In Freedom's Landing, bestselling author Anne McCaffrey created a new
world that human slaves were forced to colonize. In time, this new world
became more thatn a home--it became something to fight for.
But now Kris Bjornsen and her comrades have found evidence of another race
on thier planet. Are they ancients, long dead and gone? Or could they
still exist...to join their fight?
Freedom's Challenge (1998)
In Freedom's Landing, a galactic invasion forced thousands of
humans to colonize a new planet. In Freedom's Choice, human Kris
Bjornsen and her comrades found new hope for rebellion.
Freedom's Ransom (2002)
The surviving colonists of the planet Botany have conquered the alien
invaders who enslaved them. But their ravaged world needs technology.
Planet Earth needs food. And now the survivors need to decide what kind of
world they will become.
Travel 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. Learn how the
famous Ruatha Hold was founded, and thrill with the dragonriders as they
expand into a second, then a third Weyr. And discover a secret lost
time: the rescue of some of the original colonists before the planet was
cut off forever!<P>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!
Nerilka's Story (1986)
A 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
ofher family and determined to do her part, Nerilka packed up medicines
and supplies and sneaked off to aid her people.<P>Her quest to help
wherever she was most needed led her finally to RuathaHold, 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!
The Renegades of Pern (1989)
As long as the people of Pern could remember, the Holds had protected them
from Thread, the deadly silver strands that fell from the sky and ravaged
the land. In exchange for sanctuary in the huge stone fortresses, the
people tithed to their Lord Holders, who in turn supported the Weyrs,
whose dragons were Pern's greatest weapon against Thread.
But not everyone on Pern was part of that system of mutual care and
protection, particularly those who had been rendered holdless as
punishment for wrongdoing. And there were some, like Jayge's trader clan,
who simply preferred the freedom of the roads to the security of a hold.
Others, like Aramina's family, had lost their holds through injustice and
cruelty. For all the holdless, life was a constant struggle for survival.
Then, from the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of
renegades, led by the Lady Thella. No one was safe from Thella's
depredations, and now her quarry was Aramina, reputed to have a telepathic
link with dragons. But when Thella mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's
family, she made a dangerous mistake. For Jayge was bent on revenge . . .
and he would never let her have the girl who heard dragons!
All the Weyrs of Pern (1991)
The Dolphins of Pern (1994)
In Anne McCaffrey's New York Times bestselling DRAGONSEYE,
join Weyrleaders, Holders, and Craftmasters in the creation of the
legendary Star Stones and the teaching ballads of Pern!
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
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. . . .
MasterHarper of Pern (1998)
Pern: a beautiful world colonized by humans, terrorized by the deadly
spores called Thread, and defended by magnificent flying dragons. Anne
McCaffrey's bestselling tales of this planet have yielded a multitude of
unforgettable characters. And now, after years of urging by devoted
readers, one of the most popular denizens of Pern takes center stage in a
novel that chronicles his extraordinary life.
Along with the dragonriders, perhaps none are so revered on Pern as the
harpers, whose songs record history, warn of the coming of Thread, and
prepare Pern's people for the future. And no one is more influential than
the Masterharper of Pern. The son of renowned composer Petiron and gifted
singer Merelan, Robinton is a prodigy from birth and enjoys a special
rapport with the telepathic dragons. But it is a time when Thread has not
been a threat for centuries, the harpers have fallen into disfavor, and
one despotic man is plotting to take over Pern. In this climate of unrest,
Robinton will come into his own . . . driven by his belief in music, in
the dragons, and in the salvation of his beloved Pern.
The Skies Of Pern (2001)
Thanks to Anne McCaffrey, millions of readers have soared the skies on
dragonback, shared the thoughts and dreams of the great dragons of Pern,
and risked life and limb to safeguard the planet from the deadly threat of
falling Thread. With the Dragonriders of Pern, McCaffrey has given us more
than just an extraordinary masterwork of imagination. She has given us a
whole world—and has taught us to fly. Now, in this triumphant return to
Pern, Anne McCaffrey takes us on an adventure as surprising and
unforgettable as any that has come before . . .
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 Tia, 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— not even violence—to keep Pern and its people pure. And now a
brand-new danger looms from the skies . . . and threatens a catastrophe of
Once again, the world looks to the dragons and their riders to solve the
crisis and save the world. But now, as the friendship of F'lessan and Tia
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 . . .
Dragon's Kin (2003) with Todd J. McCaffrey
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.
Sara had been torn from Earth by a nameless black force and taken to
Lothar where she was forced to care for a strange man, who she discovered
was the Regent. She escaped in panic, and become a fugitive in a world of
No One Noticed The Cat (1996)
After the death of wise old Mangan, the Regent of Esphania, many of the
regent's skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his
beautiful and intelligent cat, Niffy, who at once attaches herself to the
new ruler, Prince Jamas. When the king of a neighboring kingdom seems keen
to forge an alliance with Jamas by allowing the prince to marry his niece,
the real danger is Yasmin, the wicked queen wife, who poisons everyone she
dislikes or suspects of interfering with her ambitions. Niffy must guide
Jamas through a thicket of difficulties to save the Prince Jamas from a
A Diversity of Dragons (1997) with Richard Woods and John
Finally... She's written The Book on Dragons.
Anne McCaffrey is as renowned for her knowledge of dragons as she is for
her New York Times bestselling novels. In this beautifully designed
hardcover, McCaffrey focuses her attention on the fantastical creature's
existence throughout history. Her words are complemented by the stunning
color portraits by John Howe, noted for his success with several J.R.R.
Tolkien calendars and maps.
Engagingly conceived, McCaffrey's story is a moderndaydragon fantasy,
colored with excerpts of some of the most thrilling scenes taken from
classic dragon tales and accompanied by John Howe's magnificent art.
Dragons from the time of the Bible and the Babylonians, the Arthurian Era
and the Chinese Dynasties, to the current dragons invented by Robin
McKinley, Gordon R. Dickson, Melanie Rown, and McCaffrey herself--are all
fully explored and rendered in glorious detail.
At once a thrilling history, a charming fantasy, and a tantalizing art
book, A Diversity of Dragons is sure to find a place beside Anne
McCaffrey's other bestsellers.
Black Horses for the King (1998)
Lord Artos--later to rule as the legendary King Arthur--knew he could
defeat the Saxon invaders if only he could find a race of horses swift and
strong enough to carry warriors in full regalia fast and far. And so he
set out for the Continent, in search of the famed horses of the desert.
The key to Lord Artos' plan was the young runaway Galwyn Varianus, whose
gift for horse-trading was second only to his skill with horses. What no
one expected was how crucial Galwyn would be to the upcoming battles--as
he mastered the secrets of the iron shoes that would protect the desert
horses' delicate hooves . . .
This fast-moving historical fantasy by bestselling author Anne
McCaffrey--the story of King Arthur as it has never been told before--is
about the beginnings of the British cavalry, as recounted by a boy growing
up in exciting and perilous times.
If Wishes Were Horses (1998)
Young Tizra and her twin brother Tracell find their world abruptly changed
when their father is unexpectedly called to fight in a war which promises
to last much longer than the usual three-day skirmish. Their mother - the
village healer - enlists her children to assist her in caring for the many
refugees left wounded and homeless by the conflict. Inspired by her
mother, Tizra learns never to surrender hope even in a time of fear and
To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged
kitchen girl. For most of her life she has survived by serving those who
betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for
Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.
But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share
will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first
time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil
substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons
and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very
few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the
life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world. . . .
The White Dragon (1981)
Menolly loved music and wanted to be a Harper, though her father would not
allow it. It was a disgrace for a woman even to think of such a thing.
Finally, he forbad Menolly to even sing for fear her ambition would become
known. Menolly had no choice but to run away. On her journey she meets a
group of fire lizards who bring new adventure, challenge and direction to
Pursuing her dream to be a Harper of Pern, Menolly studies under the
Masterharper learning that more is required than a facility with music and
a clever way with words.
When 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.
Finally together in one volume, the first three books in the world's most
beloved science fiction series, The Dragonriders of Pern, by Anne
McCaffrey, one of the great science fiction writers of all time:
Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon. Those who
know these extraordinary tales will be able to re-visit with Lessa, F'lar,
Ruth, Lord Jaxon, and all the others. And for those just discovering this
magical place, there are incomparable tales of danger, deceit, and daring,
just waiting to be explored..
On Dragonwings (2003)
Perfect for diehard fans as well as readers discovering McCaffrey for the
first time, this dazzling new volume features three classic novels from
the early years of Pern–Dragonsdawn, Dragonseye, and Moreta.
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.
Petaybee 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...
Powers That Be (1993) with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
Strange 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....
Power Lines (1994) with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
The natives of Petaybee claimed their planet was sentient, but the
officials of Intergal did not believe them . . . or want to believe them.
The planet was rich in valuable ore, and Intergal was determined to mine
that ore no matter what the cost. Yanaba Maddock, once a company spy, was
adopted by the planet and its people as one of their own. Now her
loyalties are to Petaybee, not Intergal, and she is dedicated to keeping
Intergal from killing the world she has come to love. But without proof of
the planet's sentience, Intergal will proceed with its mining operations.
Can Yana find a way to convince Intergal of Petaybee's sentience before it
is too late?
An indispensable companion guide to the wonderful world of Anne McCaffrey
and her dragons.
Ring of Fear, The Mark of Merlin, and The Kilternan
Irene Teasey came to Ireland to claim an unexpected interitance from an
aunt she had never met . . . a legacy of land, a sprawling house, cottages
with tenants, and even a horse . . . more than she had dared hope for.
Enough to make her independent of her former husband. Enough to start a
new life. Together with her children, Simon and Sara, she will find more
than escape from an abusive relationship. She will find loyal friends, her
extended Irish family . . . and a new love in this beautiful, ancient
Stitch in Snow (1985)
The Year of the Lucy (1986)
The Lady (aka
The Carradyne Touch) (1987)
They are the Caradynes, who for over 200 years have bred and trained
horses of the finest caliber on Coernanagh. But all is not idyllic at
hearth and home. Catriona, the youngest child, longs to ride her family's
big jumpers and show horses. Her father Michael, recognizes her gift, but
her mother hates the very idea. All is in a stalemate until Lady Selina
Healy enters their lives, and provides for Catriona and her father a
stunning example of how the reins of power can be held by a glorious,
The Mark of Merlin (2002 )
Carla Murdoch had learned what it was to be alone, growing up on different
army posts. But now her loneliness is terrible--for her officer father met
a mysterious death on a foreign battlefield, and Carla has been sent to
live in her new guardian's New England mansion . . . a remote, snowbound
place where she finds she isn't really wanted.
Together with her dog, Merlin, Carla must make a new start and face demons
within and without--for her father's killer is now on her trail, too!
They were four extraordinary women who read minds, healed bodies, diverted
disasters, foretold the future--and became pariahs in their own land. A
talented, elite cadre, they stepped out of the everyday human race...to
enter their own!
Pegasus in Flight (1990)
As director of the Jerhattan Parapsychic Center, telepath Rhyssa Owen
coordinated the job assignments for psychically gifted Talents. And though
she had her hands full dealing with the unreasonable demand for kinetics
to work on the space platform that would be humankind's stepping-stone to
the stars, she was always ready to welcome new Talents to the Center.
Feisty and streetwise, twelve-year-old Tirla used her extraordinary knack
for languages to eke out a living in the Linear developments, where the
poor struggled to make ends meet and children were conscripted or sold
into menial work programs. Young Peter, paralyzed in a freak accident,
hoped someday to get into space where zero gravity would enable him to
function more easily. Both desperately needed help only other Talents
With the appearance in her life of one extraordinary man with no
measurable Talent at all, Rhyssa suddenly found herself questioning
everything she thought she knew about her people. And when two Talented
children were discovered to have some very unusual -- and unexpected --
abilities, she realized that she would have to reassess the potential of
Pegasus in Space (2000)
For an overpopulated Earth whose resources are strained to the breaking
point, there is only one place to look for relief: straight up. With the
successful completion of the Padrugoi Space Station, humanity has at last
achieved its first large-scale permanent presence in space. But there are
those who, for motives of their own, want Padrugoi to fail. Standing in
their way are the Talented, men and women gifted with extraordinary mental
powers that have made them as feared as they are respected--and utterly
indispensable to the colonization effort. Now, as sabotage and attempted
murder strike the Station, it's up to the Talented to save the day. Only
who is going to save the Talented?
Pegasus in Space is the tale of Peter Reidinger, first Tower Prime!
On Vega III, Lady Nimisha Boynton-Rondymense loves the challenging world
of her father, Lord Tionel, owner and principal starship designer of the
famous Rondymense Ship Yards. Precociously gifted, Nimisha becomes his
secret assistant--and, in the aftermath of a shocking tragedy, his chosen
successor at the helm of the Ship Yards.
When Nimisha takes an experimental ship on a solo test flight, something
goes horribly awry, marooning her light-years from home on a planet as
deadly as it is beautiful. Now the ruthless members of a rival branch of
the Rondymense family are given the chance they've been waiting for: to
reclaim the Ship Yards by any means necessary.
Only Nimisha's ingenious child, Cuiva, stands in their way. But for how
long? For just when her daughter needs her most, Nimisha is in a
precarious situation herself--and unable to help. But Nimisha has never
given up in her life--and she's not about to start now . . .
The beautiful woman called The Rowan was the most powerful telepath on all
the planets of the Alliance - until the birth of her daughter, Damia.
Damia and her husband, Afra Lyon, were the most extraordinary team of
telepaths the Alliance had ever seen - until the powers of their children
began to emerge.
The Rowan (aka A Meeting of the Minds) (1990)
Damia's Children (1993)
Lyon's Pride (1994)
Now the combined power of all these generations, especially the unique
abilities of the younger Lyon clan, is needed to face once and for all the
threat of the alien Hivers. The human worlds see themselves as peaceful,
and traditionally they have used deadly force only in self-defense, but
now the time has come to take the battle with the Hivers out into space. A
fleet of starships, with the powerful Lyon clan as its leaders, is sent
into Hiver territory. Their mission: seek and destroy the Hiver threat
that is lurking at the edges of known space.
The Tower and the Hive (1999)
For generations, the descendents of the powerful telepath known as the
Rowan have used their various Talents to help mankind--some are powerful
telepaths, others can teleport through space, others are empathic healers.
The clan has grown powerful. They have led Earth to ally itself with the
alien Mrdini, and together the two races have held back the predatory
Hivers, a deadly insectoid species that kills all life it finds.
Like all powerful families, the Rowan clan has also made enemies. There
are those who say the treaties with the Mrdini gave away too
much--especially, that the Mrdini get more than their fair share of new
living space as habitable planets are discovered--that the Hivers should
have been exterminated by now, and that far too much power is concentrated
in one family.
The clan has two goals to keep the peace: to help the Mrdini control
population growth, so that newly discovered planets are distributed more
evenly, and to put a final halt to Hiver advances. They are confident of
success--if they can survive sabotage and assassination attempts aimed at
destroying all they have worked for.
When Meanne, a princess of the realm, runs away from her father's castle
and an unwanted suitor, little does she realize the hardships and
difficulties that lie ahead of her. Loneliness is the worst part - until
she finds a fellow refugee, a boy named Wisp. Together they must make new
lives for themselves. Yet they both have secrets - hidden pasts and
magical powers that can tear them apart!
Crystal Singer Trilogy (1996)
Young and beautiful, Killashandra Ree was a trained musician with no
prospects . . . until she heard of the mysterious Heptite Guild on the
planet Ballybran, where the fabled Black Crystal was found. For those
qualified, the Guild was said to provide careers, security, and the chance
for unimaginable wealth. But once you'd sung crystal, there was no going
back . . .
Killashandra's first season on Ballybran was everything she had hoped for:
She had sung Black Crystal, grown wealthy, and met a man who could make
her forget her own sorrowful past. But then, a year later, everything had
changed. She was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she'd
die, and the only way she could be true to the man she loved was to leave
him. . .
Crystal singing changed the singer forever, bringing ecstasy and pain,
near-eternal life . . . and gradual loss of memory. Killashandra had a lot
of painful memories she could afford to lose. What she hadn't counted on
was the loneliness she felt when her heart still remembered what her mind
had forgotten. Then she found she might have a chance to salvage what was
left of her mind. But to do that, she would have to learn to open
herself--to another person, and to her own unhappy past . . .
At last, all three Crystal Singer novels complete in one volume!
Anne McCaffrey Pern Collection (Audiobook) ( 2002)
Thread: deadly silver strands that fall from the sky like rain, devouring
every organic thing in their path - animals, plants, and people alike. Who
could believe that such a horrible thing could exist? After all, it's been
two hundred years since Thread supposedly fell on Pern. No one alive
remembers that first onslaught. There's no sign of it anywhere in the
world. Only the dragons, originally created to be a weapon against Thread,
are still around to remind people that once before their population was
decimated, their hopes and dreams and livelihoods almost destroyed
For two centuries the dragonriders have been practicing
and training, passing down from generation to generation the
Threadfighting techniques learned on the fly by their besieged ancestors.
And most of the Lord Holders are prepared to protect their people, to
provide sanctuary, to assemble groundcrews to search out and destroy any
Thread that might be missed by the dragons soaring overhead. All but one.
Even 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. Impossibly, one stubborn Lord
Holder, Chalkin of Bitra, refuses to believe - and that disbelief could
spell disaster for all of Pern. So while the dragonriders desperately
train to face an enemy they've never fought before, they and the other
Lord Holders must find a way to deal with Chalkin and protect Bitra.
The Masterharper of Pern
In a time when no Thread has fallen for centuries - when, indeed, many are
beginning to dare to 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.
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, history, but Fax - who hates the
harpers in general - 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 the holds; and, worse
yet, they are being derided, attacked, even beaten.
It is the 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 is determined to save his
beloved Pern from itself . . .so that the dragonriders can be ready to fly
against the dreaded Thread when it at last returns!
The Skies of Pern
Now that Pern can look forward to a future without the threat of
Threadfall, the people are free to leave their protective stone holds and
spread across more of the planet, as well as improve their lives with the
newly discovered ancient technology. Not everyone is happy, though. Some
resist the change, and consider anything new to be an "abomination." And
the dragonriders are uncertain: without Thread, what will their purpose be
in Pernese society?
Then a new danger - again from the skies - looms. Once
again, the people must pull together . . . And turn to the only ones who
can solve the crisis: the dragonriders of Pern!
Dragonsblood (Audio) (2005)
With three acclaimed novels–Powers That Be, Power Lines, and Power
Play–bestselling authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
launched a vibrant new science-fiction saga that told the story of a
sentient planet, Petaybee, and the humans who fought to protect it from
the rapacious designs of an all-powerful interstellar corporation
determined to exploit the icy world’s natural resources. Led by Yana
Maddock and Sean Shongili, Petaybee’s protectors prevailed. But now
Petaybee is changing in mysterious, unprecedented ways, and the return of
off-world scientists threatens the amazing planet and its equally amazing
inhabitants with new dangers.
They are Ronan Born for Water Shongili and Murel Monster Slayer Shongili.
Twin brother and sister. Children of Yana and Sean. Children of Petaybee.
As such, theirs is a destiny deeply intertwined with the sentient planet
that is their home. For Ronan and Murel are more than human. Like their
father, each can transform into a seal and converse telepathically with
the planet’s creatures–such as the friendly otter whose life they save one
day from a pack of ravenous wolves.
But the twins’ bravery has unforeseen results when a visiting scientist
witnesses their startling metamorphosis and becomes obsessed with their
capture. To protect their children, Sean and Yana send them to stay with a
powerful family friend on an orbiting space station. But no one realizes
that Ronan and Murel hunger to discover the origins of their
shape-shifting talent–and that their search for knowledge will place them
squarely in the path of peril.
Meanwhile, Petaybee is changing–and much faster than an ordinary planet’s
natural evolution. It appears that portions of the sea are heating up and
a landmass is suddenly rising from the depths. To investigate the
startling occurrence, Sean heads out to the open water in his seal form.
But the newly unstable region holds untold mysteries–and the potential for
Dragon's Fire (2006)
Bringing fresh wonders and dangers to light in the skies of Pern, Anne
McCaffrey and her son, Todd, who demonstrated his writing talents in the
bestselling novels Dragon’s Kin and Dragonsblood, return with their second
collaboration: a thrilling adventure of discovery and fate.
Pellar is an orphan taken in by Masterharper Zist. Though born mute,
Pellar is a gifted tracker, and when Zist sets off to take over as harper
for Natalon’s coal-mining camp, Pellar–along with his fire-lizard, Chitter–joins
him on a secret mission of his own: to find out if reported thefts of coal
are the work of the Shunned, criminals condemned to a life of wandering
Halla is one of the children of the Shunned. Though innocent of their
parents’ crimes, these children have inherited their cruel punishment.
Lack of food, shelter, and clothes is their lot; hope is unknown to them.
And what future would they hope for? Without a hold to call their own,
there will be no protection for them when the lethal Thread inevitably
falls again. Life is even tougher for Halla. Her family gone, she must
fend for herself. Yet despite the brutality of her surroundings, Halla is
kind and gentle, devoted to those more helpless than she.
As depraved as Halla is good, Tenim is in league with Tarik, a crooked
miner from Camp Natalon, who helps him steal coal in exchange for a cut of
the profit. But Tenim soon realizes there is a lot more to be made from
firestone, the volatile mineral that enables the dragons of Pern to burn
Thread out of the sky. Tenim doesn’t care what he has to do, or whom he
has to kill, in order to corner the market.
Cristov is Tarik’s son. Dishonored by his father’s greed and treachery,
the boy must make amends somehow, even if it means risking his life by
mining the volatile firestone, which detonates on contact with the
slightest drop of moisture.
When the last remaining firestone mine explodes in flames, a desperate
race begins to find a new deposit of the deadly but essential mineral, for
without it there can be no defense against Thread. But Tenim has a
murderous plan to turn tragedy to his own advantage, and only Pellar,
Halla, and Cristov can stop him–and ensure that there will be a future for
all on the world of the Dragonriders.
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