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Der Himmel über Pern. Ein Roman Im Zyklus Die Drachenreiter Von Pern (Pern (Publication Order) #16)

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It is a time of hope and regret, of endings and beginnings. The Red Star, that celestial curse whose eccentric orbit was responsible fro Thread, has been shifted to a harmless orbit, and the current Threadfall will be the last. Technological marvels are changing the face of life on Pern, and the dragonriders, led by F'lessan, son of F'Lar and Lessa and rider of bronze Gola ...more
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Simon Mcleish
Originally published on my blog here in December 2001.

This latest Pern novel reads as though it is meant to round off the series. It is one of the most successful series of novels in science fiction, both long running and consistently high selling. The general trend has been for the novels to become more like soap opera episodes as time passes - a trend matched by the way that all of McCaffrey's output has become more homogeneous and unchallengingly predictable.

There are two main aspects to the
Jan 04, 2008 Tulara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Pern series ages ago, but I think I missed this one - so it was the last book on my list for 2007.
It was a great read - I had forgotten how much I love McCaffrey's telepathic dragons and their riders. Her story figured on two dragon riders, one shy and new rider and one the lead dragon rider with a history of bravery and leadership. Their slow courtship also brought their dragons into their own courtship also. Pern is going through its own sort of domestice terrorism with drastic con
E.S. Wynn
Three stars

It has been a long time since I've read anything by Anne McCaffery (may she rest in peace) and so perhaps this later book in the Pern series was not the best choice for me to use as a means to jump back into her series. The last McCaffery book I read was Dragonsong (Harper Hall of Pern series) and I remember it fondly as an interesting and well-written work.

I was in high school then, so I may have had different standards then, but it tantalized me and made me want to go back to the s
Jun 18, 2010 Cass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes when I read this book I just skip through reading the romance storyline between the two main characters Bronze rider F'lessan (son of F'lar and Lessa) and Tai, a green rider.

For a time I disliked the rediscovery of computers and scientific knowledge because it changed the world that I loved. I think this read (2011) was the first time I have read the book slowly and enjoyed those aspects.
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18th Pern story in publication order.
Amy Bradley
Dec 31, 2016 Amy Bradley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A few years after the epic undertaking in All the Weyrs of Pern, dissension has begun to simmer again regarding the knowledge and inventions enabled through the Ancients' knowledge and AIVAS. That Thread still falls despite the dragonrider's work on the Red Star has led some to think that it was a sham, and to more readily believe that AIVAS was a force of evil.

Then a massive fireball falls from space, causing a tsunami, and the uninformed decry that altering the Red Star has brought this about.
Kristen Darienzo
"Ours not to ponder what were fair in life, but, finding what may be, make it fair up to our means."

This was the first Pern book I ever read, way back in Middle School, so suffice it to say, I understood literally nothing about what was going on. I bought it as an impulse cover-buy because of the cool dragon on the cover, but then (obviously) had to go back and start at the beginning to understand what was going on.

I like the love story here between a gold and a green rider, it's something very
Jane Irish Nelson
Jun 26, 2017 Jane Irish Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With the Red Star no longer a threat, some people can't understand why Thread has not stopped falling immediately; others don't believe that this is the end of it — or don't want to. These hidebound dissidents are determined to "return" Pern to the way it was before the discover of AIVAS, and the technology it has provided.

Meanwhile, the dragonriders are seeking a solution of their own: what will they do when this Pass ends, and they are no longer supported by the tithes of Hold and Hall? Bronze
Dec 24, 2016 Lana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from the series the dragonriders of pern, this time it was mainly about f'lessan and his dragon garanth and tia and her dragon zaranth who do their best to make something of their lives after the threat of thread is vanquished from pern!! but the abominators are still trying to stop all the progress people are trying to make use of after learning from aivas and the story turns real bad when f'lessan and his dragon get hurt by a feline pack in f'lessans new home! so many people ...more
Ed Mortensen
Disappointing installment in the Pern series. Like she had a few plot lines that didn't fit in any other book so she crammed them into this one.
Jun 06, 2017 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What will dragon riders do when there is no more thread?
Mar 25, 2017 Justin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scif-fi
was bored
This one gets a three from me that is more like a cross between a two and a four (or 3.8 maybe?); a lot was sub-par, but a few elements were actually better than usual, so that brought the rating back up.

My first thought on picking up this book and starting to read it, years ago, was "Anne McCaffrey appears to have NO idea what motivates terrorists!" Her Abominators were just completely unbelievable. Not that I can't believe that such a thing would happen when a society's going through rapid cha
Kathy Davie
Aug 01, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It's 2552 AL, 2,552 years After Landing; a few years after Robinton's death and AIVAS' shutting down.

The Story
One of Robinton's kidnappers escapes his prison intent upon finding like-minded followers who wish to return Pern to its traditions. AIVAS is Abomination and every change brought about by it must be destroyed even as the dragonriders of Pern look toward the end of this Pass when there will no longer be Thread to fight. The dragonriders are looking to the future, considering what skills t
The Pern series, after the original 2 trilogies, suffers from too many plot lines going on, and past characters, many, many past character. Yes, they have to do with one another to a degree but not really. This suffers from that. We have F'Lessan and Tia and the meteorite strike and tidal wave, there is a quiet romance here and a really understanding of the characters with the emergency and learning. Then there is the over arc that takes up more than 1/2 the book and has really not much to do wi ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
The deadly menance Thread still falls on Pern much to the confusion of her people. F'lessan, son of Benden Wyrleaders F'ar and Lessa, is searching ancient records at Landing Archive to a mystery he'd like to solve. Seeing someone else in the Landing Archive during Turnover Festivities sparks his interest. Tai, green rider of Zaranth, is going thru the star maps of ancient Pern, when she sees F'lessan and startled by his presence. Tai knows about F'lessan's reputation thanks to Mirriam and tries ...more
May 15, 2008 Zachary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
McCaffrey has churned out another book in her Dragonriders series (or Pern series, if you prefer). This one is placed towards the end of the time line of events in the Pern universe. Thread is falling for the last time due to action taken in the previous book by Aivas, the artificial intelligence which remained from the original settlers of Pern.

All that to say the book has quite a history in it's little world, which I think, in the end, works against the flow of the story. Even in the notes at
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Kari Metzger
LOVE Anne McCaffrey, LOVE Pern, this book, was a little more than 'meh' for me. I love that she had Tai and F'lessen exploring some of the issues around the whole dragon-mating frenzy - that was definitely a bit of fresh air, but I felt it could have been fleshed out a lot more. It seemed so sudden that one minute they are wondering if they 'love'? each other, and the next they are thrown into the dragon-passion and Tai is forced to figure out if she is ready or not. I think that honestly a TON ...more
Déborah Muñoz
Reseña completa y más en
El mundo creado por la autora es fascinante, y los personajes me gustaron bastante. ¿Por qué entonces, os preguntaréis, ha puesto un pasable? Pues bien, le hubiera puesto la peor nota de no ser por eso porque ¡es un auténtico coñazo! En 500 páginas de libro no pasan más que 4 cosas de interés (contadas). La autora se centra muchísimo en cosas banales que no son realmente importantes para la historia, ni mucho menos. Lo que es peor ¡repite pár
Dec 10, 2013 Darlene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pern fans
Recommended to Darlene by: Pern called to me
I SO wanted to give this book five stars. Five stars because I miss Anne McCaffrey and she showed a different way to depict women in science fiction. Five Stars because I got to go back to Pern and enjoy the dragons and dolphins. But I just couldn't.

Had I read this a long while ago when my eyes were still good, I might have given a higher rating. I wouldn't have had to listen to the narrator, Dick Hill's version of the story. Ugh! He makes all the women sound like weak whiners. Even Lessa, who i
Tereza S.
Dec 05, 2016 Tereza S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zřejmě poslední díl téhle rozsáhlé série o drakenech z Pernu. Ani jsem nevěděla, že u nás vyšla. Pak jsem na ni náhodou narazila v knihovně, ale ještě před tím, než jsem se do ní pustila, jsem si připomněla všechny předchozí díly, protože tahle série je prostě skvělá. Jedna z nejlepších svého druhu. Skvěle se tu prolíná sci-fi s prvky fantasy a to se mi na tom právě líbí.

Obloha nad Pernem je pěkně tlustá bichle, a tak mi tu občas vadilo, že tu bylo hodně hluchých míst. Příběh je vyprávěn pohlede
Clare O'Beara
Sep 26, 2013 Clare O'Beara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
This is Anne's last visit to Flar and Lessa, Menolly and Sebell, as the dragonriders of Pern prepare to see the end of Threadfall and the life after the Pass.

The story jumps around among various protagonists which can make it hard to get invested in any of them. F'lessan, son of F'lar and Lessa, is the main character along with a young green rider called Tai. Astronomy and meteor watching become a big focus after a large meteorite crashes into Pern, causing a tsunami. The main antagonists are m
Nov 03, 2009 Lani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own, scifi
Trashy scifi that kept me briefly entertained...

McCaffrey's books aren't usually particularly compelling, but they're usually enjoyable quick reads. Skies of Pern is no exception, although the more recent books have struggled to find strong characters worth an entire book.

I've gotten a little tired of the push towards technology in the later Pern books, and this book continues the trend. I find the tech vs tradition stuff a little boring and cliched, and this book pretty explicitly addresses th
This reads like a wrap-up to the series, and I suspect it was originally intended as such, though McCaffrey and her son did eventually write more books (not nearly as successful, from what I've heard) set earlier in Pern's history. This book does provide quite a nice ending, though. While enough conflicts remain that it's not a sappy "happily ever after," the resolution is satisfying and the reader is left with a clear sense of how the dragons and riders will continue after Thread. The character ...more
Jun 11, 2011 Colleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-read
This is the first Pern book that was published AFTER I discovered the series. Too bad right after that she let Todd muck around with it. Certain sections of this book feel recycled from older ones -- (view spoiler) -- but they're fused to wholly new elements of an astronomical bent, and time presses relentlessly on, giving us a world where new characters come to the fore. Jaxom's no longer edgily trying to defend his prerogative and prove h ...more
Feb 14, 2009 Foomy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, the primary threat (thread) has been dealt with, but we still want more stories about our favorite Weyrleader and Weyrwoman right? So we have to come up with a new problem. Enter Skies of Pern.

Unfortunately, this story focuses on their son, so you don't get much of them, and you don't get much of Jaxom either. Toric, that scwewy lord holder, is making trouble, again, so the dragonriders and the conclave have to outwit and outmaneuver him, again. There's also a new threat from the skies, be
Mar 02, 2010 Tamcamry rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
• Look, I have to be honest; this really wasn’t one of A.M.’s best works. I know that she wants to set up the dragonriders with an occupation for after Thread, but this book falls pretty flat as a story. There is a little drama, but really not enough to make it that interesting. Also, much like the last book, this one seems to not have a solid conclusion. What’s worse is that it seems like she left some storylines unfinished to lead to a sequel. While I would love another Pern book, I don’t thin ...more
Samuel Lubell
Jul 31, 2012 Samuel Lubell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
I had stopped reading the series after Dolphins of Pern and this book shows I made the right decision. Basically in this volume of the long running series, the people of Pern grow concerned about asteroids (despite being on the planet for hundereds of years without them being a problem) just when dragons began to develop the ability to move things with their minds. Throw in a few attacks by a few anti-progress mobs and the mauling of two dragons (and riders) by the local version of lions and a o ...more
Dec 22, 2008 Kerri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this book isn't particularly popular among long-time Pern fans, but hey, anything's better than Dragonsblood or Dragonsfire right? In the last book to-date written solely by Anne, disasters bring about the discovery of a new draconic ability (seriously, where did that even come from? I don't even remember AIVAS hinting at it in ATWOP?), and the people of Pern begin thinking seriously about life after Thread. Also we meet some vandals who don't like modern Pern much (like some readers perh ...more
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  • The People of Pern
  • The Atlas of Pern
  • The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern
  • Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey
  • Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight #2
  • Owlknight (Owl Mage Trilogy, #3)
  • A Dragon-Lover's Treasury of the Fantastic
  • Legends II
  • The Ship Avenged
  • Zandru's Forge (Darkover, #4; Clingfire, #2)
Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.

Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High Scho
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Other Books in the Series

Pern (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • Dragonflight (Dragonriders of Pern, #1)
  • Dragonquest (Pern, #2)
  • Dragonsong (Harper Hall, #1)
  • Dragonsinger (Harper Hall, #2)
  • The White Dragon (Pern, #3)
  • Dragondrums (Harper Hall, #3)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (Pern, #7)
  • Nerilka's Story (Pern, #8)
  • Dragonsdawn (Pern, #9)
  • The Renegades of Pern (Pern, #10)

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