The Skies of Pern
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Edwards cover of all editions[a]
|Series||Dragonriders of Pern|
|Genre||Science fiction novel|
|Publisher||Del Rey Books|
|3 April 2001 (US)|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover & Paperback)|
|Pages||434 (first US hardcover)|
|Preceded by||The Masterharper of Pern|
|Followed by||A Gift of Dragons|
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 and minor YouTube celebrity Scott Manley. 
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 Southern Lord Holder Toric.
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