Anne McCaffrey was born in, l926 in Cambridge, Massachusetts and
published her first novel in 1967. She is best known for the series
of novels beginning with "The Ship Who Sang" and the fourteen
novels about the Dragonriders of Pern, many of them international
bestsellers. She lives in a house of her own design,
Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.
This collection of 15 stories, including a new ``short novel'' of Pern, offers a varied look at one of sf's most popular storytellers. Recommended.
Spanning a variety of eras, settings and genres (SF to mainstream), this new collection of 15 tales by the prolific McCaffrey is a satisfying exhibition of her storytelling ability. In the haunting ``Velvet Fields,'' colonists on a new world must make a terrible decision when the planet turns out not to be as uninhabited as it appears. The title story, the only tale set on Pern, recounts some of the circumstances leading up to Renegades of Pern , focusing on the plight of the masterless and homeless in times of peril. In ``Zulei, Grace, Nimshi, and the Damnyankees,'' an Arab woman sold into slavery protects a plantation and its horses during the Civil War and its aftermath. A random group of people from different eras caught in a time storm are dominated by an old woman who can predict the time changes in ``A Flock of Geese.'' The contemporary ``Euterpe on a Fling'' explores the relationship between a singer and an audience in producing a performance. Few horsemen have been left on the Earth depicted in ``The Quiet One,'' where large animals have had to make way for an expanding human population. McCaffrey ( Lyon's Pride ) niceley demonstrates her range and world-building skills in this eminently readable assembly. Illustrations by Mike Whelan . (May)
"Congratulations to Anne McCaffrey! She has always amazed me with
the wonders of Pern and the drama of humans and dragons in her deft
mix of fine fantasy and hard science fiction. The "Girl Who Heard
Dragons" is a fresh revelation of the wealth and range of her