The Skies of Pern

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The Skies of Pern
McCaffrey skies of pern.jpg
Edwards cover of all editions[a]
Author Anne McCaffrey
Cover artist
Country United States
Language English
Series Dragonriders of Pern
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Del Rey Books
Publication date
3 April 2001 (US)
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 434 (first US hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-345-43468-5
OCLC 48690272
Preceded by The Masterharper of Pern 
Followed by A Gift of Dragons 

The Skies of Pern is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It was the sixteenth book published in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne or her son Todd McCaffrey.[1]

The Skies of Pern was first published in 2001. It was the first Pern book using the same painting to illustrate the UK and US covers.

This novel follows soon after The Dolphins of Pern, and, in contrast to the previous several Pern novels, takes place in a very short period of time within the same year.

To ensure accuracy, Anne consulted with a number of astronomers who planned and modelled the comet impact and subsequent consequences, this group included author Bill Napier, Harry Alm[2] and YouTuber Scott Manley.[3]


A rogue comet that strikes Pern leads the Weyrleaders and Holders, contemplating a future where dragonriders are not needed in a Threadless world, to consider the creation of a new Star Craft made of dragonriders. The discovery by dragonriders F'lessan and Tai, after a brutal attack by large felines, of the draconic use of telekinesis, only strengthens their resolve to keep Pern's skies free of danger.

At the same time, disgruntled citizens resisting the ever-growing role of technology in Pernese life band together as Abominators, attacking Crafthalls, and are determined to destroy all the new technology in use. These fanatics are seemingly allied with Toric, the Southern Lord Holder.


  1. ^ a b The Skies of Pern title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database lists cover artist Les Edwards for all editions as of 2011-10-12, five distinct ISBN.


  1. ^ Dragonriders of Pern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  2. ^ Hans van der Boom (13 March 2013). 40 Years of Pern: A Liber Fanorum for Author Anne McCaffrey. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-4475-3627-7.
  3. ^ Anne McCaffrey on THE PHYSICS OF PERN

External links

The Skies of Pern title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

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