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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi; New Ed edition (10 Nov. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552139130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552139137
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne McCaffrey was one of the world's leading science-fiction writers, and has won both the Hugo and Nebula awards as well as the Margaret A. Edwards' Lifetime Achievement Literary Award. Born and raised in the US, although of Irish extraction, she lived in Ireland, in the heart of the Wicklow Mountains, where, as well as writing, she bred horses. She was the creator of the Dragons of Pern series. She died in November 2011.

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Five fascinating scenes from Anne McCaffrey's world-famous Chronicles of Pern.

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Five fascinating scenes from Anne McCaffrey's world-famous Chronicles of Pern.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Crawford Steel on 12 May 2004
Format: Paperback
The Chronicles of Pern (First Fall) is an interesting overview in short stories of parts of the history of Pern brushed over in other, longer books of the series.
The stories of Pern, which are arguably Anne McCaffrey's centre-piece work, are set on a colony world of the distant future, which is recommended for colonisation on a very quick survey (The P.E.R.N. Survey) owing to the fact that several members of the survey team have fallen to accidents on earlier planets in the tour.
Many years later, when the planet is colonised by a mixed bag of notables wishing to escape the high-tech, post-war civilisation of the inner planets, the briefness of the survey comes back to haunt them. Marooned by lack of fuel, the colonists have no means of escape from the periodic menace brought to fall on their planet by the wanderer planet in the system, the Red Star, a menace which devours anything and everything carbon-based upon which it falls. No big deal? Think again.
To add to the colonists' troubles, they are forced to evacuate their key settlement in the South by a major volcanic eruption, achieving the huge evacuation with massive amounts of help from the colonising dolphins (The Dolphin Bell).
Eventually, the vast majority of the colonists settle in a large cave system on the Northern continent, safe in rock from the Thread, as they have called the invading menace, but reliant on the bio-engineered 'dragons' to defend them. The dragons are expanding and multiplying to fulfill this role, but the colonists, with their waning technological knowledge, are less able to defend themselves against the other consequences of living so crammed together, such as disease, and very soon, other 'holds' as the cave systems are named, must be opened up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug. 1997
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I thoroughly enjoyed these stories! Well all except "Rescue Run" which was a very good story but extremely frustrating for me! I wanted them to be found so badly. Not to be rescued mind you but to get the recognition they deserve and to absolve Admiral Benden of any connection with Tubberman's mayday capsule.

"The Survey PERNc" tells the story of the much maligned Exploration and Evaluation Team and helps explain the circumstances surrounding their less than complete evaluation.

"The Dolphins' Bell" shows the relationships with
Dolphins in much the same way as David Brin's Startide Rising. It is exactly how I would imagine it would be... and will be very disappointed if it doesn't come to fruition someday. We have the story of the "second crossing" and meet Theo and Jim Tillek which is very interesting if you have already read "Dolphins of Pern" and if you haven't read it you will!

"The Ford of Red Hanrahan" was somewhat slow reading but has some very enlightening incidents take place that give more hints as to what happened to isolate the Pernese from their history, each other and the dolphins. The practice of "fostering" begins.

"The Second Weyr" was somewhat predictable but was good reading all the same. Definately left me wanting to read more about Mihall and Torene and the first turns in Benden Weyr!

Keep it coming Anne!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Feb. 2000
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Whilst definitely able to stand on it's own, this book provides the reader of the rest of the Pern books with an excellent insight of how the history of the planet came about. Thoroughly recommended both to those who have read the other books and those who are looking to "get into" an excellent series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DocMartin on 1 Oct. 2005
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Much as I have hugely enjoyed the evolving story of Pern over the last three decades, there is something profoundly unsatisfying about Anne McCaffrey's short stories. I have puzzled long and hard about this, and believe it is a matter of characterization. She writes characters that you can grow to love (or hate) and about whom you crave to know more - F'lar, F'nor, Lessa, Robinton, Mellony - and few of her short stories give time for this essential identification to form. This is exacerbated when the stories are set around the start of Pern, a period with characters whom I have never been able to form the same closeness as the later inhabitants.
Although there is a linking, developmental theme within the stories, this is still a book really only for the Pern devotee; filling in background and historical detail of the rich tapestry that McCaffrey has woven over a lifetime of writing. As such, it is essential reading for the hardcore fan; for the more casual reader it certainly helps pass the time: worth the money, but unlikely to end up as well-thumbed as Dragonflight et al.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meadow55 on 28 Nov. 2013
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I like the Pern books, but this read like a poor history book, I'm afraid. Lots of names; little story progress.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Ashworth on 18 Jun. 2013
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Nice back fill book, introducing the new ideas that will shape the rest of the series. Also kind of explains what happened to the mayday capsule from halfway through 'Dragonsdawn'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MikeT on 17 Mar. 2013
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The Pern Series of books are great, This is another classic which I wouldn't hesitate in recommending to any fan of fantasy/sci-fi.
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By A Customer on 29 Dec. 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was enjoyable to read but some stories were
better than others. (in case you don't know it contains five
stories). My personal favorites were "The Dolphins Bell"
and "The Second Weyr". I liked "The Second Weyr" because
it dealt more with the dragons than the others. "The Dolphins
Bell" was good because it portrayed dolphins beautifully and
I found their communication with humans interesting. Rates
9 because some of the other stories started off pretty slow.
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