DRAGONSDAWN Author:ANNE MCCAFFREY Pern was a beautiful planet, Earthlike enough to feel like home, yet unspoiled by the industrial development and interstellar wars that had ravaged the other planets of humankind. And the few thousand colonists who came to perm intended to keep it that way. they staked their claims on the land and settled down to build a low-tech, agricultural p... more »aradise on the world they had loved at first sight.
Then suddenly distaster struck. Deadly spores fell like silver threads from the sky, devouring everything -and everyone- in their path. fire and water could destroy the Thread, as the stuff came to be called, but the colonists could not keep up with the relentless attacks. Very quickly it became clear that the colony's resources could not support a long-term fight against the menace- and the Thread was predicted to fall for 50 years. Some other colution would have to be found if the colony was to survive.
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!« less