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Aug 13, 1989
| ISBN 9780345362865
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Feb 26, 2002
| ISBN 9780345453983
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Aug 13, 1989 | ISBN 9780345362865
Feb 26, 2002 | ISBN 9780345453983
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Go back in time and visit Pern like it’s never been seen before in this thrilling prequel about the creation of dragons. 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—on 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!
Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the two top prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was… More about Anne McCaffrey
There are dragons all over Anne McCaffrey’s house. Some she’s bought, but many have been made for her by adoring fans and given to her as gifts. I don’t make dragons, of course. But whenever circumstances allow, I do try to bring her American bacon, something she can’t get easily in Ireland, and something which she has taught all her friends there to love, as well! I remember the first time I went to visit her, when she was still living in her old, much smaller but very homey, house. My husband and I arrived at the doorstep, and she immediately began bustling about, frying up some of the bacon we’d brought and sharing a lovely late breakfast with us before sending us off to the hotel for a nap. She made us dinner that night, too–the one and only time in my life that I’ve actually liked shrimp cocktail. Maybe that’s because if you squint your eyes and look sideways, shrimp are kind of dragonlike, and I was eating them in the right company! –Shelly Shapiro, Executive Editor
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