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.
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Another in McCaffrey's popular Dragonriders of Pern series: this time we learn How It All Began. The colonists - a cast of thousands, mostly indistinguishable - set up camp on the hospitable planet Peru in routine fashion. They meet and overcome the usual obstacles and make the usual discoveries, among them the cute, tiny, empathic, fire-breathing dragonets (aha!) who apparently also have the ability to teleport. Then, after eight years - how did you restrain your impatience? - Thread begins to fall from the sky. This is an alien spore of some kind and voraciously devours all life, both Pernese and Earthly, leaving in its wake nothing but smoking black slime. Only water or fire destroys it. What to do? Well, the dragonets seem to know when Thread is coming and urge the humans to take shelter; and with their fire-breathing and teleport abilities, they're also whizzes at mopping up Thread (human attempts to destroy Thread end in disaster). The solution: breed bigger dragons for humans to ride on! And that, along with a subplot or two involving assorted dissenters, is just about that. Vapid. Predictable. Fans only, of which there are many. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Anne McCaffrey
Anne McCaffrey was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures. A prolific bestselling author, she is best known for her handling of broad themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly in her tales of the Talents and the novels about the Dragonriders of Pern. Anne McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland. Visit the author's website at www.annemccaffrey.net