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The dragonlover's guide to Pern
Nye, Jody Lynn, 1957-
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Del Rey, 1997.
Physical Description:
xi, 260 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
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PS3563.A255 Z79 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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An indispensable companion guide to the wonderful world of Anne McCaffrey and her dragons Guaranteed to enrich every armchair traveler's journey into McCaffrey's legendary world, this illuminating guide leaves no stone in Pern unturned! Both faithful fans and newcomers will relish the fascinating history and lore of . . . THE DRAGONS: How they developed from little fire-lizards into the huge telepathic creatures that carry human riders and fight Thread THE PEOPLE: How they live, the clothes they wear, the food they eat THE PLACES: What to see and do in individual Holds and Weyrs THREAD: Its appearance and behavior, the threat it poses, and ways to combat it UPDATED TO INCLUDE THE RENEGADES OF PERN, ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN, THE CHRONICLES OF PERN: FIRST FALL, AND THE DOLPHINS OF PERN

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Both seasoned Pernophiles and newcomers to McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series will delight in this lovingly crafted, helpful companion to the novels. Filled with fascinating bits of information gleaned from the books and from McCaffrey herself, the handsome, well-illustrated oversize guide is intended to help readers visualize the setting and background for the Pern saga; indeed, it succeeds beautifully. From the exploration and settling of the planet, the native flora and fauna (including the dragonets), and the appearance and behavior of the deadly Thread, to the genetic engineering, care, feeding, and training of the telepathic dragons and a rundown on each hold, weyr, and hall (structure, history, daily life, leisure activities, government), this volume captures and explicates the essence of Pern. A must for collections where the series has an audience. --Sally Estes

Library Journal Review

Sure to be a hit with the many fans of McCaffrey's mythical world of Pern. All sf collections will need it.-- MR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.