Anne McCaffrey is one of the great sci-fi writers around and has been so since I was a kid. Her Dragon riders of Pern series is one of the great examples of a writer creating a whole world and culture that is a delightful place to visit. Starting with Dragonflight, Dragonquest and The White Dragon, she builds a world that is rich and exciting. Pern is full of believable characters and a dynamic story to keep a reader interested and invested.
Interestingly enough, the first time I read it I was thirteen years old or so, and I thought it was a fantasy story. I mean it had dragons, right? Over the first three books, however, you become aware there is something else going on, and despite what some reviewers might think, there is a difference between science fiction and fantasy. They are two distinctly different genre’s.
Anyway I was hooked with the first book and have been enjoying the series ever since. There are now many different books that encompass many different characters and I would encourage anyone looking to find a new series to read, pick up Dragonflight. You will not be sorry you did.
Have you read them?