Well, being sci-fi and fantasy geek all one's young life can wear off after an adult lifetime of earning a living and raising a family (or starting a new one as in my case). Now middle aged, I remember the series and also recall I never read it although my adolecent friends in the highschool sci-fi club were all enthused about it. The decades passed and I found (and still find) that I'm in need of something to which I can listen ...more
Unfortunately, years later, i went back and re-read a few of the ...more
The author expands on her mythos with fragments from the past resembling the minutia of our current technology and beyond.
"Will I li ...more
Jaxom Lord of Ruatha rider of the white dragon Ruth follow the images that fire lizards give them to the original landing site on Pern.
He notifies the most important people on Pern, Masterharper Robinton and Weyrleaders F'lar And Lessa and the excavation of "Landing" begins.
They uncover the Aivas (Artifical Inteleigence Voice-Adress System) building and find the computer Aivas still functioning. It's prime directive to find aw ...more
I've only read one other Anne McCaffrey book, the Masterharper of Pern, so for me reading this book was a great way for me to understand the precarious situation of pitting a largely agrarian society versus (however ironically) a return to true Pernese roots. Instead of simply aligning the current culture with the re-discovery of Aivas, ...more
Are there ...more
You immerse yourself and enjoy, most of the various episodes involving Pern and it's culture of Dragon Riders are pure fantasy accepting that, you go into the realms of the science of engrams, neurological bonding with such beasts, the writing styles did alter over time as you would expect, the strengths of the stories waxed and waned.
All in all the books captivate the imagination in a world far removed from our modern tim ...more
YA-- AIVAS, the Artificial Intelligence Voice Address System that was a part of the original colonists' settlement, is unearthed on the Southern continent after having been buried for generations. This latest volume in the Pern saga deals with the reactions of the various lords, dragonriders, and craftsmen as they realize the impact the artificial intelligence will have on their culture and traditions. With its help, F'lar, Robinton, Lessa, Menolly, and all of the ot
I was rather surprised when, toward the very end of the book, Ecclesiates 3:1 was quoted, particularly since the series has been completely devoid of any religious reference.
As for the book, it is alright. While I like science fiction and I like fantasy, I'm not all that keen on putting the two together. While it works alright, and McCaffrey includes the strains major technological shifts put on a culture, it's ju ...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