Date: 13 August, 1989 — $6.99 — Book
Fiction, Science Fiction
This is perhaps one of the most science-fictiony books of the Pern series, and it's one of the most interesting. It's the tale of the inital colonization of Pern, and the trials and hazards prior to the arrival of Thread. Once the deadly menace has arrived and is recognized, the action moves fairly quickly towards the engineering of the dragon race.
About the only criticsm of this book is that it seems ripe for a sequel. The book itself does not demand a sequel, but it leaves enough open questions that a sequel could well deal with. (And personally, I'd like to see a series of books that deal with that first Pass, or with the second. Dragonseye does not count.)
For people unfamiliar with the Pern series, this is one possible entry. Just remind them that if they do read this one first, they should skip the Prologue to Dragonflight, since it's annoyingly contradictory. Anne McCaffrey knows when to drop a half-baked idea for a better one.