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Dragonsdawn (1983)

por Anne McCaffrey

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Séries: Dragonriders of Pern: Chronological (02 {1st Pass 0 - 9 AL (After Landing)}), Pern: Renegades of Pern (3), Dragonriders of Pern: Publication (09)

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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Go back in time and visit Pern like its never been seen before in this thrilling prequel about the creation of dragons.
 
The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonistsuntil unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everythingand everyoneon their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.
 
Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety. If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider
 
And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately neededDragons!.
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While I like the detail provided by giving us the story of the original colonization of Pern, I never really connected with any of the characters or felt overly concerned with what would happen to them. This I think is partially due to the essential nature of a prequel published after the fact - I knew the colonization was successful to some extent because I’ve read the other books and there are indeed humans and dragons on Pern, but it was also due to the time jumping that happened.

As always, McCaffrey’s world building is exquisite and I am left wanting to know more, but I don’t think I will ever revisit this book, and I’m not sure it was a necessary one. I may change my mind when I get around to First Fall, I may not. There are better Pern books, this one feels supplemental. ( )
  _raegun | Jul 18, 2024 |
After Moreta set a precedent, McCaffrey continued to write prequels to her original Pern novels, jumping even further back, to the original settlement of Pern, in a pair of books: Dragonsdawn, which depicts the coming of the first colonists and the coming of the first Threadfall, and The Chronicles of Pern, a collection of short fiction set before, during, and after the First Pass. Prequels are a tricky business: fans like to complain about them, but fans must also consume them because people keep making them. I think there's a balance you have to get right. At its best, a prequel can take tantalizing hints of backstory and make them in a compelling story in its own right; at its worst, prequels join unnecessary dots and rely too much on familiar images and ideas.

Dragonsdawn thankfully skews toward the first pole. It doesn't totally line up with the hints we got in prologues to the earlier Pern novels, but it's an enjoyable story in its own right, so it doesn't matter. It's divided into three parts; the first is all about the colonization of Pern, giving us a cast of characters coming to this new world after a long journey, all eager to make a world of their own for various reasons. We get to see what the colony ought to have been like in great detail, and we know as readers what hints they cannot interpret correctly about the doom to come. The second section jumps ahead eight years, with the coming of the Thread, and the reactions of the colonists to this devastating threat.

I read a comment on Reddit recently that I really liked and summed up my feelings about Pern very well: "There's a hardscrabble vibe to Ms. McCaffery's early books that disappeared by the later ones." The first couple sections of Dragonsdawn recapture this vibe really effectively; these people have to work for what they are doing, they are not comfortable.

It's got some great twists and turns in it, particularly what happens when one character steals a shuttle and tries to get away from Pern; I also appreciated the clarification on the Red Star. In the original books, it seems scientifically risible: how could a planet launch organisms at another? how could the Red Star follow Pern in its orbit for fifty years but not the other two hundred? Dragonsdawn makes it clear that in fact the Red Star picks up organic matter in the Oort cloud and drags it into the inner solar system, and it passes right back out, but it takes fifty years for what it's dragged to all be used up. (Though this explanation makes other aspects of Thread a bit of a nonsense: why doesn't Threadfall happen at night? how does it happen with a regularity so predictable you can know where every Threadfall will happen fifty years in advance?)

There's also a real disconcerting shift here, in that though you know intellectually from the earlier books that the Pernese are descended from Earth humans, it's a much different thing to see them in spaceships, talking about the Federated Sentient Planets (apparently used in McCaffrey's other sf) and its space wars, and referencing facts about Earth history, geography, and culture. It's just not right! And that's what makes it work as a prequel: it's familiar enough to line up with the Pern you know, but different enough to be interesting.

I will say, though, that once the dragons come along, it gets less interesting, because it becomes more obvious how things are going to play out. Will the new dragon species breathe fire? Well, yes. Will they figure out how to go between? Well, yes. The last section becomes a sort of boring inevitability.
  Stevil2001 | Aug 11, 2023 |
Time for a Pern re-read! Yeah there's some things that feel a little dated now, but nostalgia overpowers that for me. :) ( )
  Malaraa | Apr 26, 2022 |
Anne McCaffrey is the quintessential writer of fantasy books pertaining to dragons. These books are always wonderful, well written, and perfectly characterized. All of her series are great but the ones that take place on Pern are the best of all. I started this book many times without finishing it but once I actually finished it it became one of my favorites. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
This one's interesting because it starts out as an origin story for Pern as straight-up science fiction, but it shifts toward the fantasy elements of the other books in the series and shows how a technologically super advanced society was forced to regress to the more manorial sort of society that emerges.

Great prose this isn't. The characters tend to be caricatures. These books have tended to be much more about "this happened and then that happened" than about relationships or characters or good writing. So they're neat as stories but not really all that satisfying as literature. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
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Fantasy. Fiction. Science Fiction. HTML:NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  Go back in time and visit Pern like its never been seen before in this thrilling prequel about the creation of dragons.
 
The beautiful planet Pern seemed a paradise to its new colonistsuntil unimaginable terror turned it into hell. Suddenly deadly spores were falling like silver threads from the sky, devouring everythingand everyoneon their path. It began to look as if the colony, cut off from Earth and lacking the resources to combat the menace, was doomed.
 
Then some of the colonists noticed that the small, dragonlike lizards that inhabited their new world were joining the fight against Thread, breathing fire on it and teleporting to safety. If only, they thought, the dragonets were big enough for a human to ride and intelligent enough to work as a team with a rider
 
And so they set their most talented geneticist to work to create the creatures Pern so desperately neededDragons!.

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