Books by Anne McCaffrey

DRAGON'S TIME by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 28, 2011

"A sadly inadequate exemplar of a beloved, classic series that is clearly long past its sell-by date."
Anne and Todd McCaffrey return once too often to the planet Pern, where humans ride telepathic dragons to fight a mindless alien menace. Read full book review >
CATACOMBS by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 7, 2010

"Too many half-digested ideas make for an unreadable garble."
When the Barque Cats seek refuge on an inhospitable planet, their problems—and the readers'—are only just starting. Read full book review >
MAELSTROM by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 26, 2006

"The characters are somewhat over-earnest and preachy, but the conversations between natural predators and prey make this an enjoyable."
The young heroes of Changelings (2005) depart the planet Petaybee, then return for more adventure. Read full book review >
CHANGELINGS by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"A waste of time for any audience other than young adults."
First in a trilogy spun off from previous books about the sentient planet Petaybee (Power Lines, 1994, etc.), following the adventures of a pair of adorably inquisitive twins. Read full book review >
DRAGON’S KIN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Should charm the young."
Fifteenth in the Dragonriders of Pern series, with McCaffrey's son Todd taking up the dragon reins as co-author and heir. Read full book review >
ACORNA’S REBELS by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"Ho-hum dialogue and shoddy world-building will turn off all but series fans (who will thrill to former McCaffery collaborator Margaret Ball's tedious appendix about the fake language the characters speak) and cat-fantasy readers, who will adore the cloyingly cute passages about heroic felines."
Alert for SF cat lovers: Acorna, the telepathic teen with the unicorn's horn, rescues a planet of felines and warring humans, both menaced by a plague. Read full book review >
FREEDOM’S RANSOM  by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 10, 2002

"An unlikely and soporific concatenation of aliens, coffee, dentistry, and shopping: for dogged series fans only."
Addition to McCaffrey's series (Freedom's Challenge, 1998, etc.) about the multispecies colonists of planet Botany, dropped involuntarily there by the catlike Catteni after they conquered Earth. Read full book review >
ACORNA’S SEARCH by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2002

"Dialogue-soggy, overcute, featherweight YA space-opera, a mix of light fantasy with coming-of-age themes about social responsibility and solemn respect for elders."
The YA adventures of the girl with the unicorn horn sticking out of her head continue (Acorna's World, 2000, etc.), as the telepathic Acorna, her traumatized "life-mate" Aari, and others on two and four legs to heal their shattered homeworld. Read full book review >
THE SKIES OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2001

"The saga trundles on, a mild diversion for the legions of dragonfans."
Addition to McCaffrey's already vast saga about planet Pern (The Masterharper of Pern, 1998, etc.), where intelligent, telepathic, fire-breathing dragons and their riders labor to destroy deadly corrosive Thread as it falls from the skies when the malevolent Red Star swings near. Read full book review >
ACORNA’S WORLD by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Cute and fluffy, not even remotely tense or gripping: a by-the-numbers, bash-the-nasty-aliens romp, breezy enough for uncritical fans of this popular duo (Power Play, 1995, etc.)."
McCaffrey continues the series (note the new collaborator: Acorna, 1997, was with Margaret Ball) about the telepathic human-alien unicorn, Acorna, a Linyaari whose horn can purify water and air and heal injuries. Read full book review >
PEGASUS IN SPACE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2000

Sequel to Pegasus in Flight (1990) and To Ride Pegasus (1973), yarns that prequel McCaffrey's Talents series (most recently, The Tower and the Hive, 1999). Read full book review >
THE TOWER AND THE HIVE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1999

"Still, fans of the series will plunge right in."
Fifth and, according to the publisher, last in the SF series (ranging from The Rowan, 1990, to Lyon's Pride, 1994, McCaffrey providing a solidly detailed synopsis) about the descendants of the prodigiously talented Rowan. Read full book review >
NIMISHA'S SHIP by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Might just about satisfy McCaffrey's least critical fans."
New, independent sf from McCaffrey (Freedom's Challenge, 1998, etc.) Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S CHALLENGE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 1998

"McCaffrey provides a useful plot recap, and this entry—somewhat more conclusive than its predecessors—offers proven allures for series fans."
Third in McCaffrey's series (Freedom's Landing, 1995; Freedom's Choice, 1997) about planet Botany and its diverse population of humans and aliens, including ex-Earth Girl Kris Bjornsen and her aristocratic, renegade Cattani lover, Zainal. Read full book review >
THE MASTERHARPER OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Covers well-trodden ground in more detail than hitherto; presumably, most dragonfans will find it satisfying enough."
 McCaffrey's latest rummage through the archives of planet Pern (Dragonseye, 1997, etc.) has unearthed Robinton, the Masterharper of Pern, and the circumstances surrounding the advent of weyrleader F'lar and Lessa, the first woman Dragonrider. Read full book review >
ACORNA by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"More fantasy than science fiction with a bustling yet flimsy plot, lots of scene-shifting, stereotyped characters, and the McCaffrey hallmark to pull in the crowds."
 First of a projected series from the authors of a previous collaboration, PartnerShip (a 1992 mass market). Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S CHOICE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 1997

"McCaffrey helpfully recaps the previous book's events; overall, series fans will be delighted, although they'll know how this one ends: It doesn't."
 Sequel to Freedom's Landing (1995), chunk two of McCaffrey's latest interstellar saga. Read full book review >
DRAGONSEYE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Comfortably cozy and domestic: an undramatic but meticulously detailed entry that should satisfy most dragonfans."
 Another visit to planet Pern (The Dolphins of Pern, 1994, etc.), home of the famous Dragonriders, who—mounted on their genetically engineered, flying native dragons (with whom they form a mental bond)—battle the deadly corrosive lifeform known as Thread that periodically threatens the planet. Read full book review >
NO ONE NOTICED THE CAT by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Thin and brief but quite appealing; McCaffrey is, as always, pleasant company."
 Romantic fantasy from the author of Freedom's Landing (1995), etc. When wise old Mangan, the Regent of Esphania, dies, many of his skills and qualities seem to have been transferred to his beautiful and intelligent cat, Niffy, who at once attaches herself to the new ruler, Prince Jamas. Read full book review >
POWER PLAY by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1995

"A more playful entry than hitherto, but just as gratifying and engaging."
 Third of a trilogy (Power Lines, 1994; Powers That Be, 1993) about the sentient planet Petaybee, its rugged but tuned-in, sharing-caring inhabitants, and the disbelieving or indifferent outsiders who wish to grab the planet's mineral wealth, hunt its abundant wildlife, or exploit its plants for new drugs and medicines. Read full book review >
FREEDOM'S LANDING by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 24, 1995

"Yes, readers, you've been suckered again."
 First of a new series from the author of The Dolphins of Pern (1994), etc. When the Earth is attacked by humanoid, heavy-planet alien Catteni, many of its people are taken to distant worlds and enslaved. Read full book review >
THE DOLPHINS OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"McCaffrey's solid characterizations and lush descriptions counterbalance the feathery plot, making this latest trip to Pern a pleasant, sentimental respite among old and familiar friends. (Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club main selection)"
 Fans of McCaffrey's (The Chronicles of Pern, 1993, etc.) famous dragons will no doubt be surprised by this latest installment in the Pern saga, which, for a change, spotlights the planet's dolphins. Read full book review >
POWER LINES by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1994

"Another charming, fully realized, well-rounded effort, the sole drawback being the ending with its disappointing similarity to the original Powers."
 Sequel to the fine sentient-planet yarn Powers That Be (1993). Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO HEARD DRAGONS by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1994

"A McCaffrey showcase, demonstrating the full range of her not inconsiderable talents and concerns."
 Fifteen substantial stories, including one original, from the popular author of the Dragonriders of Pern series and the Damia series. Read full book review >
THE SHIP WHO WON by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1994

"Bright and bubbly entertainment, though, despite the adult content, decidedly juvenile in style and tone; therefore more likely to appeal to the younger sections of McCaffrey's audience."
 A new entry in McCaffrey's Brain/Brawn series begun with The Ship Who Sang (1969) and continued by McCaffrey with various collaborators. Read full book review >
LYON'S PRIDE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"The main drawback is in telling the characters apart; even keeping their names straight is a headache. (Science Fiction Book Club Main Selection)"
 Fourth in the series (Damia's Children, etc.) of far-future, galactic empire yarns in which the descendants of The Rowan— blessed with telepathic and teleportational abilities—carry on the usual multigenerational family activities while cooperating to investigate the threat posed by the Hivers, incomprehensible, expansionist, insect-like aliens utterly hostile to non-Hiver life forms. Read full book review >
THE CHRONICLES OF PERN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Fairly mediocre stories, overall, but don't underestimate the crowd-pulling power of McCaffrey's all-but-legendary planet."
Four originals, one magazine reprint: the first story collection centered on McCaffrey's immensely popular Dragonriders and their battle to keep planet Pern free of the invidious, corrosive Thread. Read full book review >
POWERS THAT BE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1993

"A felicitous combination of authors, rather better indeed than either contributor's recent solo efforts."
 Well-handled far-future speculation on ecological engineering and planetary consciousness, from McCaffrey (Damia's Children, etc.) and Scarborough (Last Refuge). Read full book review >
DAMIA'S CHILDREN by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Considerably more substance than hitherto, but shapeless and exasperatingly inconclusive: only series fans need apply."
 McCaffrey's third far-future yarn (The Rowan, 1990; Damia, p. 577) in which powerful psychic Talents teleport cargo and people about the galaxy, while leaving themselves ample time for family doings and telepathic chat. Read full book review >
CRYSTAL LINE by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 2, 1992

"Pure soap-opera, offering just enough ideas, plot, and involvement to keep the fans happy and maybe tempt one or two new ones."
 Third in McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series (Killashandra, 1985, etc.)—the life and times of a group of humans infected with the symbiotic longevity crystal of planet Ballybran, and upon whose abilities to locate, mine, cut, and tune crystal the galactic economy depends. Read full book review >
DAMIA by Anne McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1992

"Nothing but weightless balderdash, not so much for the drippy romancing as the dismally cursory aliens and McCaffrey's lackadaisical efforts to work them up into some sort—any sort—of plot."
 More half-baked romance with science-fiction trappings: sequel to the flimsy The Rowan (1990), a far future where a handful of powerful psychic Talents teleport cargo and people about the galaxy while chatting telepathically among themselves. Read full book review >
PEGASUS IN FLIGHT by Anne McCaffrey
Released: Jan. 1, 1990

Long-awaited sequel to To Ride Pegasus (1973), the near-future trials and tribulations of a developing group of paranormal-powered Talents. Read full book review >