Dragonsdawn, Paperback Book
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In the beginning, before Thread, before the Dragons, before the Holds and the Weyrs and the elite Dragonriders of Pern, was just the great ships gliding through space with nearly six thousand colonists prepared to tackle the mighty task of beginning a new world on a strange planet.

It was a jewel of a planet, with rivers and seas and mountains, and breathable air and growing things.

Then came the terror. The strange, unidentifiable circles in the grass suddenly revealed a meaning, and every living thing was at risk.

Many died -- a horrible and consuming death. All resources, every man, woman and child had to fight the terrible nightmare of Thread.

But a new creature was about to save the planet. From the delicate fire lizards a new life was born -- a new symbiosis between man and beast.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780552130981

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Upon the people's arrival on Pern, two friends discovers a nest of Fire-lizards. They will soon become the dragonriders that would lead the people of PErn to Survival.Nobody expected Thread. Only the fire-lizards. Without the warning they gave, veryone might have been obliterated. It was then the Pernese thought to make the fire-lizards bigger and thus dragons were born. now, Pern has a fighting chance of survival.Good read. A real struggle for survival. Make you admire human endurance.

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A reliable re-read.I'm interested to note on some recent McCaffrey re-reads that she's quite good at presence of diversity - lots of characters from non-white backgrounds, mentions of gay characters, etc - but I'm not convinced she's all that great at following through on that initial promise (though being a straight white woman I'm not in the best place to judge most of that apart from the range of female characters, which is good in this book and much better than in the earlier ones in publication order).

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