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Anne McCaffrey

Anne McCaffrey is best known for the Dragonriders of Pern series. Her writing spans Science Fiction and Fantasy. She is one of the best writers in the genre.

Dragonriders of Pern Series
The story of the lost colony of Pern, and the dragons they genetically create to defend against the deadly thread.

Dragonsdawn - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Cassette
How the first colonists settled Pern and, devastated by Thread attacks, genetically engineered the native firelizards into Thread fighting dragons.

Dragonseye - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Cassette
The second pass of the Red Star is coming after 257 years. Pern has been free of the life-destroying Thread, but now the Red Star has reappeared in the sky and soon the deadly Threadfall will follow. One Lord Holder refuses to believe the Thread will fall again, and he may endanger the entire planet.

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Cassette
The story of Moreta, the heroine of legend and of the Ballad of Moreta's Ride. In the dark ages of Pern, all modern knowledge has been lost, and cooperation is limited in the feudal society that remains. A planet-wide plague strikes Pern, and Moreta is the only hope.

Nerilka's Story - Mass Market Paperback Paperback
This story takes place simultaneous to "Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern," from the perspective of Nerilka, daughter of Lord Holder Tolocamp of Fort Hold. When her father refuses to share with other holds during the plague, Nerilka tries to do what's right.

The Masterharper of Pern - Hardcover, Cassette
This book takes place before and during the book Dragonflight, and covers many of the same events, but in greater detail. It details the early life of Master Harper Robinton.

The Renegades of Pern - Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, Cassette
This book takes place at the same time as Dragonflight. To survive the deadly Thread attacks, the people of Pern live in the safety of holds and weyrs. This is the story of those that prefer the freedom of the open road.

The Dragonriders of Pern Trilogy
This trilogy chronicles the renaissance of Pern from the perspective of the dragonriders. It takes place at the same time as The Harper Hall of Pern Trilogy. This trilogy was started early in McCaffrey's career, and the first two are a bit dryer than her later work. But even this early in her career she shows a remarkable ability to draw you into her world. By the time she wrote The White Dragon McCaffrey had come into her own with the award winning style we have come to expect.

Dragonflight - Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, Cassette
It has been 400 years since the last threadfall. People no longer believe thread will ever fall again. F'lar, Weyrleader of Benden, knows better and must fight prejudice and doubt to get Pern ready before Thread destroys everything.

Dragonquest - Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, Cassette
Most people are grateful to the dragonriders for keeping hold and crafthall safe from Thread. But a few resent their obligations to dragonkind, and would like to end their perceived privileged status. And so the grumbling starts that the dragonriders should go to the Red Star and eliminate Thread for good.

The White Dragon - Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, Cassette
Young Jaxom, Lord Holder of Ruatha, while attending a hatching accidentally impressed a dragon. Dragonriders live in Weyrs, but Jaxom had to hold Ruatha or there would be bloodshed among those vying for the position. So Ruth, the only white dragon, came to stay at Ruatha Hold. Together Jaxon and Ruth would change the course of history. This is probably the best loved McCaffrey story of all time.

The Dragonriders of Pern (All three books in one volume) - Paperback

The Harper Hall of Pern Trilogy
This trilogy chronicles the renaissance of Pern from the perspective of the Harpers of Pern. It takes place at the same time as The Dragonriders of Pern Trilogy. I have probably re-read this trilogy more than anything else McCaffrey has written, and I still enjoy it as much as the first time.

Dragonsong - Mass Market Paperback Library Binding
Menolly had the gift of music in a hold where a girl didn't waste time with music. Convinced it would be better to be dead than live that way anymore she leaves her hold and lives on her own. Against all odds she finds more than she ever dreamed of.

Dragonsinger - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover
Menolly realizes her dream of being a Harper apprentice. But she discovers that life in the Harper Hall is not all songs and music. Petty jealousy, back stabbing, and scheming threaten her newly won status.

Dragondrums - Mass Market Paperback
Piemur's voice starts to change, and he must make a new life in the drummer's tower.

All the Weyrs of Pern - Mass Market Paperback, Cassette
For centuries dragonkind has defended Pern from the ravages of thread. Now they may finally be able to annihilate Thread for good.

The Dolphins of Pern - Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, Cassette
Intelligence enhanced dolphins came with the original colonists to Pern. But in the turmoil and disasters that came, they were forgotten. Centuries later, as the dragonriders were preparing to eliminate the meanace of Thread, two friends discover the dolphins are not just a legend.

Chronicles of Pern : First Fall - Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover
A collection of short stories about Pern. Here you'll find the survey team that designated Pern as suitable for colonization, and missed the Red Star and Thread threat, and many more stories that answer many questions about the history of Pern.

The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern - Paperback

The Crystal Singer Trilogy
The story of Killashadra Ree. She aspired to be a stellar singing performer only to be judged unfit after ten years of study. So she joined the mysterious Heptite Guild to become a Crystal Singer, a career of great dangers and great riches, and one you can never leave. One of McCaffrey's best series. This takes place in the same McCaffrey "universe" as The Ship Who Sang Series.

Crystal Singer - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover
Killashandra Ree was going to be a Stellar singer. She already had the ego to match. Then the judgement of her final hit: Unsuitable for solo performance. What would she do? Become a choral leader? Teach? Commit suicide? The last thing anyone thought she would do is join the mysterious and secret Heptite Guild. If she couldn't be the best singer, she would be the best Crystal Singer.

Killashandra - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover
Killashandra had done it. She had sung Black Crystal, grown wealthy beyond the dreams of avarice, and met a man that blotted out the pain of her student days on Fuerte. Then a storm reduced her claim to useless rock. Soon she was broke, she had crystal sickness so bad she thought she'd die, and if she didn't leave the man she loved he might die. Her only choice was to take an off-planet job installing White Crystal on Optheria. A simple job and a simple solution to all her problems. But when had anything in Killa's life been simple?

Crystal Line - Mass Market Paperback
Losing your memory is the price of singing Crystal. But Killashandra has a lot of things she doesn't want to remember anyway. Unfortunately, what the mind has forgot the heart remembers, especially the loneliness. But there is still one person who cares.

The Crystal Singer Trilogy : Crystal Singer, Killashandra, Crystal Line - Paperback

The Brainship Series
Some people are born with genetic defects so severe they can't survive. Their only chance is to become a "shell" person living inside a life support canister. Fortunately, there are many careers shell people excel at that normal people can't do. This series tells the stories of several such people. This takes place in the same McCaffrey "universe" as The Crystal Singer Trilogy. Two of the books in this series were written by authors other than McCaffrey.

The Ship Who Sang - Mass Market Paperback, Cassette
Helva was a shell person. She studied hard, and when it came to choosing careers she was able to follow her dream of becoming a scout ship. But before she could set out to the stars she had to choose a partner, a "Brawn."

PartnerShip - Mass Market Paperback
Nancia was idealistic, innocent, and her ship was outfitted with the latest Singularity Drive, allowing her to navigate black holes and jump across the galaxy. Her first mission comes before she can choose a Brawn, but it's only a milk run transporting young folks with family connections to their first job. But these rich snots leave her disillusioned with the rest of humanity, and with a moral dilemma.

The Ship Who Searched - Mass Market Paperback Paperback
Tia started life as a normal girl. Well, physically normal. Growing up on an archeological dig with her two gifted parents didn't make for the most normal childhood. But Tia didn't mind, she flourished. Then she was struck down by an alien disease that left her completely paralyzed. Her only hope was to become a shell-person. But she was way past the maximum age to be accepted into the program.

The City Who Fought - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover
When an out of control refugee ship arrived, Simon was glad for the break in the routine. Simon was a shell person, and the manager of the city in space. But the news the refugees brought was not good. Space barbarians were on the way, and would reach the station before help from Fleet could arrive.

The Ship Who Won - Mass Market Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Cassette
Carialle was the Brain and Keff was the Brawn of their scoutship. They discover a planet with friendly intelligent natives. Then they discover these folk are slaves to a race of sorcerers who seem to possess real magical powers, and really bad manners.

The Ship Avenged - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover
By S.M. Stirling, this book is a sequel to The Ship Who Searched co-written by McCaffrey and Stirling.

The Ship Errant - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover
By Jody Lynn Nye, this book is a sequel to The Ship Who Won co-written by McCaffrey and Nye.

Partnership/the Ship Who Searched/the City Who Fought - Cassette

The Freedom Saga
One minute you're a college student in Denver. The next you're being herded into an alien ship and carried off as a slave. Don't you hate it when that happens? Kristin did, and tried to do something about it.

Freedom's Landing - Mass Market Paperback, Cassette

Freedom's Choice - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Cassette

Freedom's Challenge - Hardcover, Cassette

The Petaybee Trilogy
The government of the future is an oligarchy referred to as "the company," and this board of directors doesn't have your best interest at heart. Disabled combat veteran is settled on the arctic planet Petaybee, whether she wants to or not. The company wants her to investigate the strange goings on there, also whether she wants to or not. It turns out strange is the understatement of the universe.

Powers That Be - Mass Market Paperback, Cassette

Power Lines - Mass Market Paperback

Power Play - Mass Market Paperback

The Petaybee Trilogy : Powers That Be, Power Lines and Power Play - Cassette

The Doona Series
After the first human contact with the Siwannese, the entire race committed mass suicide. So the Terran government decided there would be no contact with any sentient race ever again. When Spacedep surveyed Doona, they missed the Hrruban colony that was already there. So when the human colony found the Hrrubans, they had a bit of a problem.

Decision at Doona - Mass Market Paperback

Crisis on Doona - Mass Market Paperback

Treaty at Doona - Mass Market Paperback

Crisis on Doona and Treaty on Doona - Cassette

The Telepath Saga
186,000 miles a second. It's not just a good idea, it's the law. Unless you've got Psi-powers. Teleportation isn't limited by the speed of light. It's the only way to travel! This series is about how Psi powers become not only accepted, but essential.

To Ride Pegasus - Mass Market Paperback
About the beginning of the Psi era, and the people that made it happen in a time when Earth is overcrowded and space travel is still just a science experiment. This is an early McCaffrey novel, but a good one.

Pegasus In Flight - Mass Market Paperback
Continues the early years of the Psi-Saga. Mankind is finally ready to move out into the stars. To this end the whole world is behind a project to build a space station as a necessary jumping off point. But the directors of the project are less than upstanding citizens. And they will exploit anyone they can, including the Parapsychics. A throughly enjoyable book.

The Rowan - Mass Market Paperback, Cassette
This book takes place hundreds of years after the first two books in the Saga. A baby survives a disaster that wipes out an entire community. And her telepathic cries are loud enough to be heard by the whole planet. So begins the life of the Rowan, one of the most powerful telepaths ever known.

Damia - Mass Market Paperback, Cassette
The Rowan has a daughter, and her name is Damia. When you're powerful enough to flip starships around the galaxy with just a thought, it can be a bit intimidating on a date. So how do you find love against those odds? To top it off, an alien menace is coming, and it's not just a friendly visit.

Damia's Children - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover, Cassette
Another generation of powerful psionic Talents is ready to face whatever the universe can throw at them, or are they?

Lyon's Pride - Mass Market Paperback, Cassette
In the Lyon family, powerful psi powers are their inheritance. And they're going need all they can muster. The hivers are back!

The Planet Pirates Series
Someone is attacking new colonies, killing the adults, enslaving the children, stealing everything they can. There's a conspiracy afoot, and two women are out to stamp it out. One of McCaffrey's best series.

Sassinak - Mass Market Paperback
Sassinak's colony is attacked and she is made a slave. But Sassinak was not one to quietly accept it. She escaped, joined fleet, and made it her life's mission to put an end to the Planet Pirates.

The Death Of Sleep - Mass Market Paperback
When everything goes wrong, at least your spaceship has lifepods. So you jump in and enter cryogenic stasis, and the next thing you know you're waking up to the rescue team, right? Except it takes forty, sixty, a hundred years, and your family and friends are dead and gone. What do you do? And what do you do when it happens again, and again…

Dinosaur Planet - Mass Market Paperback
This book takes place near the end of "The Death Of Sleep." It covers the same territory, Lunzie and the survey team's adventure on the Dinosaur Planet, but with considerably more detail.

Dinosaur Planet Survivors - Mass Market Paperback
This book picks up where Dinosaur Planet leaves off, and takes place across the end of The Death Of Sleep and the beginning of Generation Warriors.

Generation Warriors - Mass Market Paperback
Lunzie and Sassinak join forces to find the Planet Pirates and stop them once and for all. Unfortunately the pirates have other ideas.

The Planet Pirates : Generation Warriors/Sassinak/the Death of Sleep - Paperback, Cassette

The Acorna Series
Three space miners recover a small survival pod containing a humanoid girl with a horn sticking out of her forehead, and strange abilities. They name her Acorna and together the four of them try to keep her safe from all who want to "study" or otherwise exploit her. But where is she from, and where are her people? These books have had mixed reviews.

Anne McCaffrey's the Unicorn Girl : An Illustrated Novel - Hardcover
A collection of short stories by various authors.

Acorna : The Unicorn Girl - Mass Market Paperback, Hardcover

Acorna's Quest - Hardcover

Other Anne McCaffrey Books
Short story collections and novels that aren't part of a series.

The Coelura - Mass Market Paperback
Politics, royalty, family duty and honor: the world the Lady Caissa was born to. But where is the love? A McCaffrey romance novel in a Science Fiction setting.

Restoree - Mass Market Paperback
Torn from Earth by a bizarre black force, Sara found herself on a planet she didn't know, wearing a face she didn't recognize. Forced to nurse a man that appears to be an idiot, she discovers he is the rightful Regent of the planet... and that she's in love with him. You might call this book a "Space Romance" novel.

Get Off The Unicorn - Mass Market Paperback
A collection of short stories by Anne McCaffrey, mostly from early in her career. Some she later developed into full novels.

The Girl Who Heard Dragons - Mass Market Paperback, Cassette
Another collection of short stories by Anne McCaffrey. Of the fifteen stories, one occurs in the Pernese universe and one in The Ship Who Sang genre. Notable is a story that predicts back in 1977 the fertilization of a human egg outside the body and implanted in the host mother, which is the aunt of the couple trying to have a baby.

Alchemy and Academe - Mass Market Paperback
A collection of short stories in the Fantasy genre edited by Anne McCaffrey. In these twenty short stories and poems you'll find enchantments, things magical and strange, devils and demons, professors of potent powers, witchcraft and wizardry, and more. Authors include Robert Silverberg, L. Sprague de Camp, R.A. Lafferty, Gene Wolfe, Carol Emshwiller, Sonya Dorman, and others.

Space Opera - Mass Market Paperback
Edited by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, these twenty original Science Fiction stories focus on music. Here you'll find the compelling account of a detective/choral singer whose perfect ear for music aids her in fighting crime, a space beacon keeper who must rely on music to rescue her from impending danger, a photographer on a desolate African shoot searching for a mysterious melody, and many more.

Black Horses For The King - Mass Market Paperback, School & Library Binding, Hardcover
An alternate view of the Arthurian legend, and from a different viewpoint. In this different look at the Camelot story the source of Arthur's success is the use of the finest horses as a weapon, and the creation of the knight. It is told from the viewpoint of a boy, Galwyn, who becomes Arthur's farrier.

An Exchange of Gifts - Paperback
This book is a sweet, romantic fantasy set in a realm where each person is born with a gift that determines their future. Meanne, who is not allowed to practice her gift of making plants grow and thrive because it is "unsuitable for a princess of the Blood Royal to insert her royal hands in common dirt," runs away.

No One Noticed the Cat - Hardcover
A short romantic fantasy by Anne McCaffrey. When wise old Mangan, the Regent of Esphania, dies, many of his skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his beautiful and intelligent cat, Niffy, who at once attaches herself to the new ruler, Prince Jamas. Together they try to wend their way through wickedness and treachery.

A Diversity of Dragons - Paperback
Drawing on sources from myth, folklore, and novels, Anne McCaffrey has written a compendium on one of her favorite subjects: Dragons. This book covers the similarities and differences through the ages; the dragon of the hero quest, humorous dragons, cuddly dragons, and more.

The Lady - Mass Market Paperback
This book is a work of fiction set in modern earth, specifically Ireland. Catriona, the youngest child of the Caradynes longs to ride her family's big jumpers and show horses. Her family have bred and trained horses of the finest caliber on Coernanagh for over 200 years. Her father Michael, recognizes her gift, but her mother hates the very idea. Then Lady Selina Healy enters their lives, and provides for Catriona and her father a stunning example of how the reins of power can be held by a glorious, fearless woman. An excellent way to introduce someone who "doesn't like Science Fiction and Fantasy" to Anne McCaffrey's ability as a writer.

Cooking Out Of This World - Paperback
Edited by Anne McCaffrey, Science Fiction and Fantasy authors like Harlan Ellison share their favorite recipes. Revised edition.

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