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The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall [Hardcover]

Anne McCaffrey
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Oct. 19 1993 The Dragonriders of Pern
Let the queen of dragons herself take you back to the earliest days of Pernese history as Anne McCaffrey brings to life events that shaped one of the most popular worlds in all of science fiction, in this first-ever Pern short-story collection.

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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 Fall of the devastating Thread which leads colonists to the security of Rua Atha (Ruatha Hold) in "The Ford of Red Hanarahan," while "The Second Weyr" recounts the creation of two new Weyrs to accommodate the growing population of dragons and riders who are essential to the colony's survival. The book begins and ends with the human federation, with the initial survey of Pern and, in the odd final tale called "Rescue Run," with the story of how the planet was abandoned when a small Federation expedition, responding to a distress message sent by Pern during the First Fall, finds only 11 colonists led by a madman. Told of the Thread and convinced that these are the only survivors, the rescuers recommend that Pern and the entire system be interdicted. This collection will provide some answers long awaited by avid Pern fans.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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From the initial reports of the survey team that discovers Rukbat's third planet ("The Survey: P.E.R.N.") to the official banning of the planet to space travel ("Rescue Run"), these five original stories by the author of the popular Pern series offer a glimpse into the early history of the world of "thread" and Dragonriders. McCaffrey's unadorned prose allows characters and plot to take center stage. Anticipate a demand for this title. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/93.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Insights Into Pern's History! July 1 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall is actually a collection of 5 short stories that take place around the time of Dragonsdawn. They are:
The Survey: P.E.R.N - This is the shortest story of the collection and it deals with the original surveyors who were mapping that part of the galaxy and recommended Pern for colonization. The reader is offered tantalizing glimpses of a bigger story behind the tension of the survey crew, but, at only 18 pages, this story doesn't allow a lot of time for any detail.
The Dolphin's Bell - This story takes place concurrently with the end of Dragonsdawn, but from the perspective of the dolphins and their caretakers. It was interesting to see the story from a different perspective and to experience what the colonists had to go through as they braved the treacherous ocean voyage to the northern continent. The story centers around Jim Tillek (of the later Tillek Hold), his love of the sea and his growing love for a courageous young woman named Theo.
The Ford of Red Hanrahan - After the colonists had settled in the Northern Continent at Fort Hold, there was plenty of room for their greatly diminished numbers in the cavernous space. However, after some time, space is getting tight and there are those who are ready to venture forth and create new holds. One of them is Red Hanrahan, whom readers will recognize from Dragonsdawn (as a character and as Sorka's father). He journeys quite a distance from Fort Hold and founds what will become known as the famous Ruatha Hold. This story was quite interesting because it addressed the history of the plague that took so many lives in Moreta's time and how the colonists started fostering their children out to live with other families.
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2.0 out of 5 stars True fans should avoid it April 22 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
�`Okay, let's get one thing straight: I lived and breathed Pern for a great deal of my life. I have to recommend that all fans look long and hard at the slew of latter day Pern books, though, and consider making the hard decision to skip them. This is just such a book -- along with the incredibly disappointing book that showed the "first founders" of Pern and all the lame origins for things like the grubs, the dragons, the name of the holds, and so on, it only serves to rob the series of the�`�` wonder of the Ancients. I couldn't enjoy this book at all, I'm sorry to say -- the deep exploration of the homosexuality of Blue riders didn't help any. No, for my money, Pern fans should stick with the first three books, the Harper hall series (Pemur and Menolly), and All the Weyrs of Pern. Whatever you do, skip the lame books like Renegades of Pern (shudder) and this one.�`
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3.0 out of 5 stars This book was delightful. Jan. 2 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked the historical perspective of this book. The author did a wonderful job of setting the stage for the Dragonrider series with the collection of stories in this novel. I loved her rich use of English language (and her masterful development of the infant Pernese language) as well as the fact that there is much descriptive terminology setting up the action and describing the characters personalities and motivation. After having read so much about Paul Bendon & all the other ancients, it was great to get some of my unanswered questions about them cleared up. I particularly liked the story about the intelligent dolphins who helped with the evacuation and the story about evil Drake,who held the murdered Japanese pilot's wife captive for years after the evacuation and his interaction with the spaceship pilot (a great grand-son of Paul Bendon, coincidentally) who rescued Drake & his captives. The book is a good read, but you should read the other books first, in the order they were written to get the right perspective to enjoy this collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading but left me unsatisfied May 1 2003
By Edie
Format:Audio Cassette
I read this on the heels of DragonsDawn (very good). I had a thirst for more tales about the settler characters and this book does include stories about what happened to Sean, Sorka, and others introduced in DragonsDawn. But as a collection of short stories the book skips across vast periods of time and does not delve deeply into each segment. The story of the survey of Pern was mildly interesting but really could have been a single paragraph explaining that Pern is an acronym based on the survey findings. The story about the Dolphins did not engage me and I probably won't read Dolphins of Pern. The stories do tie up some loose ends within the greater Pern narrative, such as what happened to the homing beacon set off in DragonsDawn - which was entertaining but leads to something of a dead end storywise. All in all, entertaining but you won't miss too much if you skip this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars PRETTY GOOD! LOVE THE HISTORY! June 12 2002
By Silraen
Format:Audio Cassette
Ok, I'm a HUGE Pern fan, and I've read all the books! This one, though, is really interesting, for it has the tales of the ancients in it, like Weyrwoman Torene and her queen Alaranth. The building of the 2nd Weyr, Benden Weyr, is by far the best story in the book, for it tells of some of the secrets that you might have always wondered in the back of your head. Like, why do the dragonriders slur their names? Who came up with the tradition of "whichever bronze flies the senior queen gets the Weyrleadership"? How did the dragonriders get to move to the East Coast, and why did they? and so on and so on. The story is really about the life of a queenrider, an exceptional queenrider, after she Impresses-its also a love story-and I love the dragon-romance! So sweet! (lol) IT IS A MUST READ FOR ALL PERN FANS! :OD
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Published on June 11 2001 by William L. Gilstrap
5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT START WITH THIS BOOK!!!
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Published on Sept. 17 2000 by Jenny Hand
2.0 out of 5 stars Wish I hadn't started here
I've heard alot of good things about the Pern series - so I figured I'd start with this book which chronicles some of the history and founding of Pern and of Benden Weyr. Read more
Published on June 13 2000 by Toni
3.0 out of 5 stars Probably good, but much too hard for me to read
When I first picked up Anne McCaffrey's book all about the great dragons of Pern a long time ago, all I could manage were the first few pages where all the dragons swooped through... Read more
Published on May 2 2000 by Banshee
4.0 out of 5 stars Was I the only person that like "Rescue Run"?
"Rescue Run" was the one about the Dolphins right? That one was my favorite! The others were good too but that one was the best!
Published on March 1 2000 by Cailin
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