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Dragonflight (1968)

by Anne McCaffrey

Other authors: See the other authors section.

Series: Dragonriders of Pern (1), Dragonriders of Pern: Chronological Order ((Dragonriders; original trilogy 1) 16), Dragonriders of Pern: Publication Order (1)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:Volume I of The Dragonriders of PernĀ®, the groundbreaking series by master storyteller Anne McCaffrey
On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack from a myth that is all too real. Lessa is an outcast survivorā??her parents murdered, her birthright stolenā??a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat to Pern reemerges, Lessa will riseā??upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly . . . and Pern will be chang… (more)
  1. 60
    His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik (justjukka)
    justjukka: Both Novik and McCaffrey take great care in developing the worlds for their respective series. If you like one, you may very well like the other.
  2. 30
    Joust by Mercedes Lackey (geophile)
  3. 20
    Forty Thousand in Gehenna by C. J. Cherryh (Aquila)
    Aquila: Another excellent book about an abandoned colony forming symbiotic relationships with alien dragons ;-)
  4. 20
    Damia by Anne McCaffrey (raq929)
  5. 20
    Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Bonds with dragons in science-fictional societies- I read these two series in my early teen years and they are inextricably intertwined in my memory.
  6. 10
    Archangel by Sharon Shinn (allisongryski)
    allisongryski: They both have a fascinating fantasy world setting with some parallels (weyrs/dragons vs aeries/angels) and important traditions that have been forgotten and must be renewed. They also both have a duty-driven hero, a strong, resourceful heroine who begins the story as a servant but was not born to that life. Even the nature of the romance, which is something like "arranged" is similar between the stories.… (more)
  7. 10
    Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey (amanda4242, ktoonen)
    ktoonen: Magical creatures paired telepathically with human youths (dragons versus horses/Companions), with similar feminist tones.
  8. 00
    Thursdays with the Crown by Jessica Day George (humouress)
    humouress: Although the [Castle Glower] series is aimed at a younger audience, it also deals with the issues and the wonder of bonding with a mythical creature.
  9. 00
    The Elvenbane by Andre Norton (Cloverlimes)
    Cloverlimes: Common themes of telepathy, dragons, and revolution.
  10. 02
    The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card (aulandez)
    aulandez: Lost World setting in which simplicity has been used to avoid the past failings of humanity. Similar use of sci-fi tools, similar characterization, straightforward yet not overly simple.
  11. 13
    Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (TheBooknerd)
    TheBooknerd: Both epic series feature a young but clever leader, his intrepid female "partner in crime", great world-building, and -- oh yeah! Dragons!
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This book was fun. Its got people-who-strongly-dislike-each-other-to-lovers, its got dragons, its got time travel, its got a strange mashup of science and fantasy. The only thing that really irritated me was the names, and the book did begin with a lot of jargon, but it was smooth sailing after the first chapter. ( )
  kittyfoyle | Nov 27, 2023 |
I approached this book with a little wariness as although I had loved it when I read it years ago, I was disappointed when I re-read the first section more recently - as it won a Hugo award, it was in an anthology of Hugo winners that I read earlier this year. At the time, I said "I'm afraid I was a little disappointed. When I first read this novella years ago, I enjoyed it so much I immediately bought Dragonflight. This time around, certain things jumped out, such as the patronising attitude of F'lar, the apparent hero, towards Lessa. He eventually realises she has spent ten years undercover in her own home, having to live as a slave, beaten and malnourished, and yet has absolutely no sympathy let alone empathy for her subsequent feelings or behaviour. The story doesn't allow any real exploration of the trauma she has undergone, and how she might realistically have a meltdown after achieving what has been the goal of her life, but instead rushes off into her attempt to impress the new queen dragon. So it came across as a mite superficial, and the villain's name was unfortunate, especially as in those days everyone would have known what a fax machine was."

So I approached with those reservations, but strangely enough found I was enjoying that first section more than last time. I still have those reservations about the hero and the rushed ending of the first section, but this time it served to get me back into the story which became more absorbing as the book went on. The book is organised into a number of sections, which begin at different points along Lessa's timeline as she becomes Weyrwoman and finds all is not well in the remaining dragon weyr, but eventually she and F'lar are able to act decisively and to start mobilising the population of Pern to face the imminent danger of deadly Thread spores from the red planet which is at last making its close approach.

A slight criticism again is that the author tends to skate over things which would no doubt be explored in much greater depth in a modern story, but that is to some extent the style of the late 60s when this was written, and when even science fiction and fantasy novels were not long books. So Lessa's epic ride into the past is told quite economically. Still, the ending sets everything up for an exciting sequel. Given the slight reservations, a 4-star read rather than 5, but still very enjoyable and a keeper. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Slow to start but fun overall ( )
  AerialObrien | Nov 11, 2023 |
This book was fun. Its got people-who-strongly-dislike-each-other-to-lovers, its got dragons, its got time travel, its got a strange mashup of science and fantasy. The only thing that really irritated me was the names, and the book did begin with a lot of jargon, but it was smooth sailing after the first chapter. ( )
  kristi_test_02 | Oct 5, 2023 |
First line:
Drummer, beat, and piper, blow,
Harper, strike, and soldier, go.
Free the flame and sear the grasses.
Till the dawning red star passes.

Lesa awoke, cold. Cold with more than the chill of the everlasting, clammy stone walls.

This is one of my favourite books ever! It always amazes me that someone can create a whole other world with different creatures and different environments and different social structures, andā€¦
. I read this first in the 70s. Then again in 2016 and just read it again now. ( )
  ccookie | Sep 10, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
McCaffrey, Anneprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
D'Achille,GinoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dickson, Gordon R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DiTerlizzi, TonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eriksson, MagnusTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, DickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ma Aroca, JoseĢTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pennington, BruceCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, Bobsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Whelan, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Yes, there is a Virginia who helped me create this planet and the marvels theron. And for whom I thank you.
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Lessa woke, cold.
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Dragonmen must fly when threads are in the sky.
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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:Volume I of The Dragonriders of PernĀ®, the groundbreaking series by master storyteller Anne McCaffrey
On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack from a myth that is all too real. Lessa is an outcast survivorā??her parents murdered, her birthright stolenā??a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat to Pern reemerges, Lessa will riseā??upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly . . . and Pern will be chang

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A story in which

a brave girl and her dragon

save their world from Thread.

(Rozax)

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