Exploring Influences: Dragonriders of Pern

I missed a few updates while getting a new computer set up, but I’m back on track now.
This week, we’re looking at Dragonriders of Pern.

Generally speaking, I’m not really a fan of sci-fi. I don’t like Star Trek and Dune wasn’t as good as everyone always told me it was. Now, that’s not to say I dislike either of those series, but I digress. The point remains, I don’t really like sci-fi.
And then there’s Pern.

I’ve always liked dragons, ever since I was a little girl. This was the tool that my mother used to introduce me to the Pern books. Having read them when she was young, she was sure I’d enjoy them, and she was right. They were a perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy, and who was I to turn down a good dragon story?

Sad to say, McCaffrey’s other writings pale in comparison to the Pern books, and we’ll not even mention the ones written by her son. But Pern presents an imaginative idea, that maybe everything magic about fantasy isn’t exclusive to real magic, and maybe nothing in sci-fi is exclusive of the more whimsical.

It’s also the longest-running series I’ve read, since I’ve read every volume written by Anne. I won’t touch the books written by Todd, not again, but that’s another story for another day.

Last week: Record of Lodoss War
Next week: My Neighbor Totoro

One Reply to “Exploring Influences: Dragonriders of Pern”

  1. Pern was a huge influence for me as well and I give many thanks to Anne McCaffrey for the lasting friendships I've made due to our mutual love for these amazing books.

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