The men who rode the dragons were a breed apart. Chosen when the dragons were first hatched, they became soulmates for life with the huge, magnificent beasts they controlled – the green, blue, brown and bronzes – beautiful – terrible – the only creatures who could defend the planet Pern from the blood-red star. But without the Queen, the dragons would become extinct. Only the gigantic, golden Queen could breed the new flights. And the Queen was fading . . . dying . . . leaving behind one last, huge, golden egg. Dragonflight is the first book in Anne McCaffrey’s world-famous Chronicles of Pern and has been in print since its first publication in hardcover 30 years ago. – Amazon
I started reading Dragonriders of Pern when in my early teenage years. My mother had the first two in beautiful French editions. I eventually read most of the following in paperback, mostly in French but a few in English, as I became able to read in this language too. The world fascinates me and until now, Anne McCaffrey remains one of the most influential authors on my fiction writing. I am still in awe of her world building and other narrative skills and talent.