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Ballantine Books, 1986 - Fiction - 320 pages
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At a time when the number of Dragonriders has fallen too low for safety and only one Weyr trains the creatures and their riders, the Red Star approaches Pern, threatening it with disaster.

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Good plot, good story, believable, enjoyable. - LibraryThing
The ending was frustrating. - LibraryThing
I guess that's just a writing style. - LibraryThing
Use of time-travel makes for an intriuging plot device. - LibraryThing
It starts with the main female character, Lessa. - LibraryThing
The surprise ending is dramatic and satisfying. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - aarondesk - LibraryThing

A little strange combination of science fiction and fantasy. Definitely shows some age. The first few pages explaining the dragon concept left me rolling me eyes, but the story does pick up the and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ailinel - LibraryThing

The first novel in McCaffrey's popular, long-lived, and prolific series, Dragonflight dances along the edge between science fiction and fantasy. The story opens on a colony world where dangerous ... Read full review

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About the author (1986)

Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 1, 1926. She received a degree in Slavonic languages from Radcliffe College. She worked in advertising for Helena Rubenstein from 1947 to 1952. Her first publication was a short story in Science Fiction Magazine, and her first novel, Restoree, was published in 1967. She is a well-known author of over 100 books, mostly science fiction, including the Dragonriders of Pern series, the Crystal Singer series, Acorna's Children series, The Twins of Petaybee series, and Barque Cats series. She won numerous awards including the Hugo Award for Best Novella for the short story Weyr Search in 1968 and the Nebula Award for Best Novella for Dragonrider in 1969. In 2006, she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. She has also written books under the pseudonym Jody Lynn. She died of a stroke on November 21, 2011 at the age of 85.

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