The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (Pern (Publication Order) #12)
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 Pe...more
A quarter century after Dragonflight , the novel that introduced the vastly popular dragon planet of Pern, McCaffrey details the difficult yet exhilarating early years of the Pernese settlers in five highly readable tales. Trouble starts early when the original landing site is threatened by volcanic action, forcing the human settlers to ring "The Dolphin's Bell" in a plea for help from the intelligent sea mammals who migrated with them from Earth. Then there is the First
Seriously. She loves to give her characters a huge urgent practical problem, and then set the most practical among them to solving it. Whether it's dramatic or not. She wants to tell you all about how they dug the caves with rock-cutters to make Holds and Weyrs and they had to make the cutters last as long as they could, how they made hyp...more
1. THE SURVEY: P.E.R.N. (2 stars)
This is the story of the survey team that first evaluated the planet
now known as Pern for human colonization. It explains how such a
major threat (thread) was missed. Not bad. Not good either.
2. THE DOLPHIN'S BELL (1 star)
This was over 40 pages of an incredibly slow moving and boring story. It chronicles the sea voyage to move people and supplies from the southern continent to the nor...more
I'm sure the book is perfectly fine, but the audio version is terrible.
As an aside, a previous reviewer mentioned warnings for younger readers because the book has homosexual references. I think there was one sentence that off-handedly mentioned that blue (or green?) male riders had a preference for partners of a same-sex orientation. It was definitely not any more specific than that. I think the public receives more exposure to gay relationships in the ave...more
I could see many of my Odyssey of the Mind students and some of my Science Olympiad students absolutely loving the challenges of Pern. At first you think, no way but then as you read the Chronicles of Pern, you begin to see how it would be possible for th...more
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two...more