The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Dragonriders of Pern Series #12)

The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Dragonriders of Pern Series #12)

by Anne McCaffrey

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Overview

Travel back to the earliest days of Pernese history in this first-ever Dragonriders of Pern short-story collection!

Join the original survey team as they explore Pern and decide to recommend it for colonization. Share the terror of the evacuation from the Southern Continent as a flotilla of ships, aided by intelligent, talking dolphins, braves the dreadful currents of the Pernest ocean. Learn how the famous Ruatha Hold was founded, and thrill with the dragonriders as they expand into a second, then a third Weyr. And discover a secret lost in time: the rescue of some of the original colonists before the planet was cut off forever!

Building a new life on a distant world, braving the dreaded Thread that falls like silver rain from the sky only to destroy every living thing it touches, flying heroically on the wondrous dragons: The Dragonriders of Pern!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345368997
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/1994
Series: Dragonriders of Pern Series , #12
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 94,424
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.78(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile: 990L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Anne McCaffrey, one of the world’s most popular authors, is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern® series. She was the first woman to win the two top prizes for science fiction writing, the Hugo and Nebula awards. She was also given the American Library Association’s Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement in Young Adult Fiction, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and was named a Science Fiction Writers of America Nebula Grand Master. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1926, McCaffrey relocated to Ireland in the 1970s, where she lived in a house of her own design, named Dragonhold-Underhill. She died in 2011.

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It’s the third planet we want in this pernicious system,” Castor said in a totally jaundiced tone, his eyes fixed on the viewscreen. “How’s the hairpin calc going, Shavva?”
(Continues…)



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Chronicles of Pern 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Bill_of_Dixon More than 1 year ago
This book fills in a lot of information about Pern and the first years of people living there and the rescue of some that did not even know that a thriving population was still on the planet and doing well. This book can be read by young readers and older readers alike with great enjoyment. This would be a very good book for a club discussion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hey hey hey, who could possibly /not/ love the pern books? They are my favorite books, and I hope for another to come out really soon. At my age, 14, it's hard to be patient ;) and Anne's books leave me wanting more. Come on people, buy thses books!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'VE GOT ALL 15 BOOKS ON PERN AND IF YOU'VE READ EVEN ONE I KNOW YOU'LL GET HOOKED LIKE I DID.THEY LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS AND WANTING MORE.
macjest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Continuing on with my re-read of the beginning, this book is a collection of short stories that document the early days. This includes the original survey team, and the expansion of the dragonriders.
shadowseer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first Pern book I read, and the one that made me fall in love with the world. That love has continued to grow, not diminish.
DragonFreak on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very interesting book. The author combined five short stories that are totally different together in one book. Overall I give this a 2 1/2 stars, but I will go ahead and rate them indvidually.The first short story Survey P.E.R.N. C, I can't rate it. It doesn't have a plot, problem, or solution, it just told me in under 20 pages the origins of the name Pern. So I can't rate it. It's not a 0, but it's unratable.The second book The Dolphins Bell. Next to dragons, dolphins are my favorite animal. I enjoyed this one very much with the human as it always is with good descriptions of dolphins. This is a 3 star one.The third book is The Ford of Red Hanrahan. It explains a lot about the most famous Hold in Pern. But not much happened, so I rated this one 2 1/2 stars.The fourth book The Second Weyr is my favorite short story by far. It was very entertaining, but be warned, there is a very reavealing and sensual part in here that may not be suitable for some people. I rated this 3 1/2 stars.The fourth book is Rescue Run. I admit that at page 10 of the 80 pages, I knew I wasn't going to like it that much, and on page 20, I just wanted it to end. It got slightly better, but than went back to worse. I rated this 1 start.And all of the rates together of all five book minus the first equals my total rating on 2 1/2 stars. It actually may be more, but the method I choose seemed the most fair to rate it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives a good history of Pern, it's people and the dragons.
Scifi-Buff More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for Anne McCafferey fans. If you have read some of the Chroncles of Pern series this book will explain so much. It chronicles the arrival of humans on the planet Pern till the first fall of thread and explains how they cope with it and survive.
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