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Dragonsdawn (1983)

by Anne McCaffrey

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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!… (more)
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Time for a Pern re-read! Yeah there's some things that feel a little dated now, but nostalgia overpowers that for me. :) ( )
  Malaraa | Apr 26, 2022 |
Anne McCaffrey is the quintessential writer of fantasy books pertaining to dragons. These books are always wonderful, well written, and perfectly characterized. All of her series are great but the ones that take place on Pern are the best of all. I started this book many times without finishing it but once I actually finished it it became one of my favorites. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Science Fiction
  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
This one's interesting because it starts out as an origin story for Pern as straight-up science fiction, but it shifts toward the fantasy elements of the other books in the series and shows how a technologically super advanced society was forced to regress to the more manorial sort of society that emerges.

Great prose this isn't. The characters tend to be caricatures. These books have tended to be much more about "this happened and then that happened" than about relationships or characters or good writing. So they're neat as stories but not really all that satisfying as literature. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
An account of how people first came to Pern and how the dragonriders came about. ( )
  Angel.Tatum.Craddock | Dec 17, 2020 |
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THIS BOOK WAS ALWAYS FOR
Judy-Lynn Benjamin del Rey
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"Probe reports coming through, sir," Sallah Telgar announced without taking her eyes from the flickering lights on her terminal.
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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!

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