Dragonsdawn Author:Anne McCaffrey This prequel to the Pern series chronicles the early years. While established fans will particularly enjoy the revelations in this volume, newcomers will find it an accessible introduction to the world of Pern. It stands very much on its own, however; knowing about the later history of the planet only adds enjoyment. — After 15 years of cold slee... more »p, 6000 colonists land on Pern, seeking a simpler existence, escaping the aftermath of interstellar war and an overly technical society. The colony prospers until the consuming Thread that destroys all life it comes in contact with makes its first appearance. A brilliant bio-engineer attempts to develop a biological weapon to save them, a much larger version of a native life form many of the colonists have adopted as pets: dragonets with the ability to teleport and breathe flame after eating phosphoric rock.
Many richly developed characters people the stories, among them two youngsters, Sorka Hanrahan and Sean Connell, who grow up to become two of the first dragonriders.
This novel spent 7 weeks on the New York Times hardcover bestseller list.« less