Led by Masterharper Robinton and F'lar and Lessa, the people of Pern excavate the ancient remains of the planet's original settlement and uncover the colonists' voice-activated artificial intelligence system.
Pilot, navigator, engineer, doctor, scientist--ship's cat? Barque Cats have become prized crew members. But the announcement of a widespread epidemic affecting livestock on numerous planets throws their future into doubt. Suddenly the galactic government announces a plan to impound and possibly destroy all exposed animals. Not even the Barque Cats will be spared.
The inhabitants of Pern have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs, the telepathic dragons and their riders that are the only protection from the life-threatening Thread. But it has been over 400 years since the last Threadfall, and some people doubt that the menace will strike again. But rider F'lar knows that the Red Star is near and Thread will fall soon.
Young Fiona, rider of the gold queen dragon Talenth, has returned from spending three years in the past, where she helped sick and injured dragons and riders to heal in order to return to the present and fight Thread. She is three years older and wiser, but all around her, dragons are falling ill and dying, and she and the others are still no closer to uncovering a cure.
A mysterious illness may succeed in doing what centuries of Threadfall could not: kill every last human on Pern. With Threadfall scant years away, the Dragonriders dare not expose themselves to infection, and it will fall to the apprentices to find a cure and save humanity. The price of failure is unthinkable. But the price of success may be even harder to bear.
Another Turn, and the deadly silver Threads began falling again. So the dragonriders took to the air with their dragons belching flames that destroy the shimmering strands before they reach the ground. F'lar knos he has to find a better way to protect his beloved Pern, before the rebellious Oldtimers could breed anymore dissent and before the fire-lizards could stir up any more trouble!
More than 6000 colonists land on the uninhabited planet Pern. Everything goes well until they experience the first Threadfall--deadly spores that fall from the sky in silver threads and devour everything in their path. Followed to 'Dragonflight'. Bestseller 1988.
It's been two hundred years since the lethal Thread fell on Pern but ominous signs- violent winter storms and volcanic eruptions- herald the approach of the Red Star and its lethal spawn. But Lord Holder Chalkin of Bitra refuses to believe. So while the dragonriders brace against an enemy they've never seen, they also must find a way to deal with Chalkin and protect Bitra.
Pellar, a gifted tracker, sets out to find out if reported thefts of coal are the work of the Shunned, criminals condemned to a life of wandering. Kind and gentle Halla is a child of the Shunned. Tenim is in league with Tarik, a crooked miner. Tenim has a plan to turn tragedy to his own advantage, and only Pellar, Halla and Tarik's son Cristov, can stop him.
When young Kindan joins his father in the mines of Camp Natalon, disaster strikes. In one instant, Kindan loses his family and is taken in by the camp’s new Harper, finding solace in music and a new friendship. Meanwhile, tensions are dividing the camp and a group of resentful miners hides a deadly secret.
Kristin Bjornsen is kidnapped from Earth by an alien spaceship and placed into slavery by the Catteni beings. Because of her strength and intelligence she impresses her captors. They reward her by granting her "freedom" to join other slaves and inhabit a new planet. While there, she establishes a bond with a Catteni male.
His name is Robinton, and he is destined to be one of the most famous and beloved leaders Pern has ever known. Robinton is determined to save his beloved Pern from itself - and from the dreaded Thread.
Not everyone on Pern was part of the system of mutual care and protection. From the ranks of the criminals and the disaffected, rose a band of renegades, led by the Lady Thella. When she mistakenly vented her rage on Jayge's family, she made a dangerous enemy.
Never had there been a bond as existed between the daring young Lord Jaxom and his dragon, Ruth. Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though everyone thought he would never amount to anything. They trained in secret which seemed but a minor disobedience until they found themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest disaster of all.