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The Skies of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
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I am _done_ w/ the ninth pass. The ninth pass books fall into three categories: the pseudo-mediaeval ones (Dragonflight, Dragonquest), the girl-power/justice will prevail ones (Dragonsong, Dragonsinger), and the improbable PERN renaissance ones like this and those immediately preceding it.

Looking back, it's pretty obvious that the first two harper hall books are the best of the lot. But McCaffery really dug in and kept up the momentum, the events, the catastrophes, the scheming, etc. until the very end. Had she lived to write more, she would have kept it going, I'm sure. Is this great literature? No, it's not. But it does become a sort of science-fiction light: not too original in its science, not terribly well-researched, but still somewhat thought-provoking in its utopianism. But the dragons, who are some of our favorite characters, don't mix well w/ the science, so suspension of disbelief is a constant effort. ( )
  themulhern | Jun 22, 2019 |
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  BethanyMoore | May 13, 2016 |
Definitely one of the lesser Dragonrider books, bedevilled by too many main characters all jostling for elbow space (and getting only paper-thin characterisation as a result), strawman villains, and the two halves of the plot sitting in uneasy relationship to each other. Having said that, there was some gravitas to be had from: A) the planet-wide emergency caused by the tsunami (this is lent extra weight by the fallout of the major tsunamis of the last five years in our own world), and B) by a terrible event befalling on a main character, which has genuine repercussions that aren't completely glossed over. ( )
  salimbol | Dec 18, 2011 |
  rustyoldboat | May 28, 2011 |
  infpgirl | Aug 10, 2010 |
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When mankind first discovered Pern, third planet of the sun Rukbat, in the Sagittarian sector, they paid little attention to the eccentric orbit of another satellite in the system.
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Anne McCaffrey's Pern series has been running successfully for so long that most of the Dragonriders' original problems have been solved. In The Skies of Pern, she confronts her standard cast of characters with the consequences of those solutions, consequences that are a whole new set of problems. Now that the Red Star has been pushed to another orbit, there will only be a few more ravenous Threads descending from it for them and their dragons to fight--and what role will that leave for them? They have successfully reclaimed Earth's lost technology--and suddenly everyone with a craft that might be outmoded, or who is phobic about surgery, is on the rampage, sabotaging and smashing and making up rumors. These fundamentalist Abominators are sure that something terrible will happen if the old ways are not gone back to--and sure enough, fire descends, on cue, from the skies.

Anne McCaffrey's tales of genetically engineered dragons and a lost colony that has declined into feudalism are ultimately SF rather than fantasy because they are about finding solutions to problems, solutions that involve working with what you are given to start off with; The Skies of Pern is all about elegant solutions to credible problems. --Amazon.co.uk

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With the planet of Pern no longer threatened by Threadfall, its inhabitants are free to build new lives for themselves with the help of recently discovered ancient technology, until a terrifying new peril from the sky endangers the planet.

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