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Anne McCaffrey, I’m going to miss you so much

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight

The Rowan

She loved cats, I love cats... if you love cats, this series is for you.

I’ve been reading Anne McCaffrey’s books since I was 14 years old. That year, my 8th grade English teacher gifted me her book “Dragonsinger”. It was a reward for having the highest grade in the class. From the second I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. But, being a kid with no money and parents who weren’t too keen on the idea of spending 8 bucks on a paperback, I didn’t get to read her other books. So, as it happens, I forgot all about them.

In college I discovered Half-Priced Books. And, the entire Dragonriders of Pern series for about 10 bucks. So I used some of my hard-earned money slaving away in the kitchen at Chick-fil-A and bought it.

If you’ve never read the Dragonriders books, it’s about a planet called Pern, a destination for a group of colonists from Earth trying to escape the technological and martial wars that were occurring. Pern represented a planet that the colonists could “start over” on, going back to a more agrarian lifestyle instead of pushing ahead with modern technology.

Things were good for a while, until a rogue planet start unleashing a deadly parasitic rain, or Thread, on Pern. Fatalities were high for humans, animals, and vegetative life. They had to come up with a way to combat it or risk annihilation. One of the colonists was a very well known geneticist, and she set to work to create a creature derived from the native dragonets, similar in many respects to the mythical dragons of Earth. And so, the Dragons of Pern were born.

The baby dragons had the ability to impress on one particular person and communicate telepathically with that person and other dragons. In turn, their human partners began to train with them to fight the menace that Thread became to their new home.  The dragons could fly high into the sky and belch flames to burn Thread into nothing. And thus, the Pernese people found a way to save their home from destruction.

To learn more, feel free to pick up a copy or check them out at your local library. And, if you have kids who love to read, The Harper Hall series is perfect for pre-teens. I still read them from time to time myself.

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with dragons. I was born in the year of the Dragon, and loved to read stories about them since I was a child. Reading McCaffrey’s books put me back in that frame of mind, and I loved her and them for that.

The Rowan series is another great one from this amazing author. It’s more sci-fi than fantasy in that it tells the story of beings both human and alien that have the ability to teleport and telepath (also known as The Talented). But, in spite of their abilities, they still have to deal with problems just as any non-Talented being does. The books are happy, and sad, and they pull you into the Talents’ stories with great gusto.

So, it is with utter sadness and love that I say, “Anne, may you rest in peace and fly with your Dragons high into the sky”.


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