Anne McCaffrey Books

Anne McCaffrey was a prominent Irish author best known for her any fantasy novels. These include many in the Dragonriders of Pern series. She was active in writing from 1967 up to her death in 2011.

Order of Acorna Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Acorna: Unicorn Girl 1997 Description / Buy
2 Acorna's Quest 1998 Description / Buy
3 Acorna's People 1999 Description / Buy
4 Acorna's World 2000 Description / Buy
5 Acorna's Search 2001 Description / Buy
6 Acorna's Rebels 2003 Description / Buy
7 Acorna's Triumph 2004 Description / Buy
8 First Warning: Acorna's Children 2005 Description / Buy
9 Second Wave: Acorna's Children 2006 Description / Buy
10 Third Watch: Acorna's Children 2007 Description / Buy

Order of Anne McCaffrey Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Alchemy and Academe 1970 Description / Buy
2 Get Off the Unicorn 1977 Description / Buy
3 The Girl Who Heard Dragons 1985 Description / Buy

Order of Anne McCaffrey Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 Restoree 1967 Description / Buy
2 The Mark of Merlin 1971 Description / Buy
3 Ring of Fear 1971 Description / Buy
4 Cooking Out Of This World 1973 Description / Buy
5 The Kilternan Legacy 1975 Description / Buy
6 Stitch in Snow 1984 Description / Buy
7 The Year of the Lucy 1986 Description / Buy
8 The Lady 1987 Description / Buy
9 Three Women 1990 Description / Buy
10 An Exchange Of Gifts 1995 Description / Buy
11 Serve It Forth: Cooking With Anne McCaffrey 1996 Description / Buy
12 No One Noticed the Cat 1996 Description / Buy
13 Black Horses For the King 1996 Description / Buy
14 Space Opera 1996 Description / Buy
15 If Wishes Were Horses 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Brainship Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Ship Who Sang 1969 Description / Buy
2 PartnerShip 1992 Description / Buy
3 Ship Who Searched 1992 Description / Buy
4 The City Who Fought 1993 Description / Buy
5 The Ship Who Won 1993 Description / Buy
6 Federations 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Crystal Singer Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Crystal Singer 1982 Description / Buy
2 Killashandra 1985 Description / Buy
3 Crystal Line 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Crystal Universe Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Coelura 1983 Description / Buy
2 Nimisha's Ship 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Dinosaur Planet Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dinosaur Planet 1978 Description / Buy
2 Dinosaur Planet Survivors 1984 Description / Buy

Order of Doona Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Decision at Doona 1969 Description / Buy
2 Crisis on Doona 1992 Description / Buy
3 Treaty at Doona 1994 Description / Buy

Order of Dragonriders of Pern Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dragonflight 1968 Description / Buy
2 Dragonquest 1971 Description / Buy
3 Dragonsong 1976 Description / Buy
4 Dragonsinger 1977 Description / Buy
5 The White Dragon 1978 Description / Buy
6 Dragondrums 1979 Description / Buy
7 Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern 1983 Description / Buy
8 Nerilka's Story 1986 Description / Buy
9 Dragonsdawn 1988 Description / Buy
10 The Renegades of Pern 1989 Description / Buy
11 All the Weyrs of Pern 1991 Description / Buy
12 The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall 1993 Description / Buy
13 The Dolphins of Pern 1994 Description / Buy
14 Dragonseye 1996 Description / Buy
15 The Masterharper of Pern 1998 Description / Buy
16 The Skies of Pern 2001 Description / Buy
17 A Gift of Dragons 2002 Description / Buy
18 Dragon's Kin 2003 Description / Buy
19 Dragon's Fire 2006 Description / Buy
20 Dragon Harper 2007 Description / Buy
21 Dragon's Time 2011 Description / Buy
22 Sky Dragons 2011 Description / Buy

Order of Freedom Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Freedom's Landing 1995 Description / Buy
2 Freedom's Choice 1997 Description / Buy
3 Freedom's Challenge 1998 Description / Buy
4 Freedom's Ransom 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Pern Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 A Time When 1975 Description / Buy
2 Rescue Run 1991 Description / Buy
3 The Dolphins' Bell 1993 Description / Buy
4 A Diversity of Dragons 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Petaybee Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Powers That Be 1993 Description / Buy
2 Power Lines 1994 Description / Buy
3 Power Play 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Planet Pirates Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Death of Sleep 1990 Description / Buy
2 Sassinak 1990 Description / Buy
3 Generation Warriors 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Tales of the Barque Cats Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Catalyst 2009 Description / Buy
2 Catacombs 2010 Description / Buy

Order of The Talent Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 To Ride Pegasus 1973 Description / Buy
2 Pegasus in Flight 1990 Description / Buy
3 Pegasus in Space 2000 Description / Buy

Order of The Tower and the Hive Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Rowan 1990 Description / Buy
2 Damia 1991 Description / Buy
3 Damia's Children 1993 Description / Buy
4 Lyon's Pride 1994 Description / Buy
5 The Tower and the Hive 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Twins of Petaybee Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Changelings 2005 Description / Buy
2 Maelstrom 2006 Description / Buy
3 Deluge 2007 Description / Buy
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Born in Massachusetts, McCaffrey was raised by parents of Irish and English descent. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she was particularly interested in classic works and histories. She started writing in the 1950s and had a few short stories published. She was interested in stories about fantasy and understanding the future. She particularly worked as a secretary and treasurer of the Science Fiction Writers of America in the late 1960s.

Over the years McCaffrey created a variety of book series including the Dragonriders of Pern series and the Talents and Acrona series. Many of her works were written alongside her son Todd McCaffrey and fellow writer Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. The Dragonriders of Pern series is particularly famous for highlighting a pre-industrial community that uses many fire-breathing dragons to defend its land.

McCaffrey died in 2011 after more than twenty books in the Dragonriders series were written. Todd McCaffrey continues to work on the series to this day. It continues to be a popular series and has especially taken on a new life as the Game of Thrones series and other fantasy novels have become rather popular in pop culture in recent time.

Anne McCaffrey Awards

Anne McCaffrey was the first woman to win a Hugo or Nebula Award. Dragonflight, the 1968 novel that started the Dragonriders of Pern series, won both of those awards in that year. Many other books in that series, particularly the White Dragon and All the Weyrs of Pern, were Hugo award finalists.

In 1999, McCaffrey received the Margaret A. Edwards Award from the American Library Association. The award is a lifetime achievement honor given to those who write for young adults and teens. She is also enshrined in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.

Anne McCaffrey Books Into Movies

The Dragonriders of Pern series had been optioned into production for a film in the past but nothing has come out of it. The series was optioned for an animated television series in 1995 although that show was eventually redeveloped into the series Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders.

The Dragonriders series has been in development for a while although there are hopes to get a movie released in 2017 or 2018. Sarah Cornwell, an author best known for the book What I Had Before I Had You, has been signed to be the screenwriter for this film.

Best Anne McCaffrey Books

Many of the books that Anne McCaffrey has written are important to the evolution of science fiction and fantasy. Her works have especially been influential in encouraging women to check out the world of science fiction.

Dragonflight: The first book in the Dragonriders of Pern series, this 1968 novel takes place on a planet named Pern that lives on an agrarian platform. The people are forced to move after the Thread, a dangerous alien spore, rains down on their old home. This leads to the need for the people of Pern to raise dragons that can breathe fire and will protect the land. The book especially focuses on the strong links that people have to the various dragons that they have raised.

The Dolphins of Pern: The ninth book in the Dragonriders series was released in 1994. This book is about dolphins that are brought onto the planet through colonists. This brings about a need for the people of the land to work together with the dolphins in order to find a common thread between all people. This is to encourage the dolphins and others to work together to save the land.

Dinosaur Planet: This 1978 book is a story that takes place on a planet named Ireta, a planet referred to as the titular dinosaur planet. As a team from another planet visits this land, they look around to find all sorts of dinosaurs who are alive and living together. However, it is unclear as to what has caused many of these dinosaurs to thrive on this planet. To make things worse, a local tribe is out to attack the team as they have begun to explore a taste for blood and vengeance.

When Does The Next Anne McCaffrey book come out?

Anne McCaffrey doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Sky Dragons and was released on December, 1st 2011. It is the newest book in the Dragonriders of Pern Series.