Anne McCaffrey bibliography

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This is a list of works by American science fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey, including some cowritten with others or written by close collaborators.


McCaffrey's first novel was Restoree, published by Ballantine Books in 1967.

Federated Sentient Planets universe[edit]

Several of McCaffrey's series and more than half her books share as background a universe governed by the "Federated Sentient Planets" or "Federation" or "FSP".

Dragonriders of Pern series[edit]

McCaffrey's most famous works are the Dragonriders of Pern series.

Short stories and novellas[edit]

  • "Weyr Search", Analog Magazine, October 1967 (later incorporated into Dragonflight)
  • "Dragonrider", Analog Magazine – two parts, December 1967 / January 1968 (later incorporated into Dragonflight)
  • "The Smallest Dragonboy", Science Fiction Tales, Rand McNally, 1973 and also in A Gift of Dragons, and "Get Off The Unicorn".
  • "A Time When", N.E.S.F.A. Press, hardcover limited edition printed for guest of honor appearance at Boskone (a convention in Boston) 1975 (later incorporated into The White Dragon)
  • "Rescue Run", Analog Magazine, Aug.1991 (later incorporated into The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall)
  • "The P.E.R.N. Survey", Amazing Magazine, Sept.1993 (later incorporated into The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall)
  • "The Dolphin's Bell", published as a limited edition, leatherbound book by The Wildside Press, 1993 (later incorporated into The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall)
  • "The Girl Who Heard Dragons", originally published as a Tor Book by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, in 1994 and in A Gift of Dragons, also Cheap Street Press, 1986
  • "Runner of Pern", Legends, an anthology edited by Robert Silverberg
  • "Ever the Twain", A Gift of Dragons
  • "Beyond Between", Legends II: New Short Novels by the Masters of Modern Fantasy, edited by Robert Silverberg


in publication order: for a list in Pern historical order see Chronological list of Pern books

The Brain & Brawn Ship series[edit]

The Brain & Brawn Ship series comprises seven novels. Only the first was written by Anne McCaffrey alone, a fix-up of five previously published stories.[1]

The Ship books are set in the same universe as the Crystal Singer books, as Brainship-Brawn pairings were characters in the second and third volumes of that series.

This series also includes solo entries by Stirling and Nye:

All but the first were issued in omnibus editions of two as Brain Ships (2003, McCaffrey, Ball & Lackey); The Ship Who Saved the Worlds (2003, McCaffrey & Nye); The City and the Ship (2004, McCaffrey & Stirling).[1]

The Crystal series[edit]

The Crystal series, as catalogued by the Internet Speculative Fiction Database under the name Crystal Universe, comprises five novels published from 1982 and four earlier short stories that were a basis for the first book, The Crystal Singer. Three of the novels compose the Crystal trilogy, or Crystal Singer trilogy after the first of them.[2]

Omnibus editions were published as The Crystal Singer Trilogy (1996) and The Crystal Singer Omnibus (1999).[3]

ISFDB catalogues two other novels as "Crystal Universe" books.[2]


The Ireta series, as catalogued by ISFDB, comprises five novels, two "Dinosaur Planets" by Anne McCaffrey 1978 and 1984, and three "Planet Pirates" written with co-authors in the 1990s.[4]

They share a fictional premise and some characters. The events of Dinosaur Planet overlap with the final chapters of The Death of Sleep, as does Dinosaur Planet Survivors with Sassinak; Generation Warriors continues and concludes the storylines of both series.

The Dinosaur Planet series[edit]

When the Exploration and Evaluation Corps team reached the planet Ireta, dinosaurs were not what they expected to find.

Omnibus editions have been issued under the titles The Ireta Adventure (1985), The Dinosaur Planet Omnibus (2001), and The Mystery of Ireta (2004).[5]

The Planet Pirates trilogy[edit]

All is not well in the FSP: pirates attack the spacelanes. In this series, survivors on Ireta and survivors of space pirate attacks join forces.

Omnibus edition: The Planet Pirates (1993).[6]

The Talents universe[edit]

"The Talents Universe", as catalogued by the Internet Speculative Fiction Database, comprises two series. They share one fictional premise. Eight books, all by Anne McCaffrey alone, are rooted in her second story (1959) and three stories published in 1969.[7]

The Talent series[edit]

The Tower and Hive series[edit]

The Barque Cat series[edit]

This series covers the origin of the barque cats in the Tower and Hive series.


Omnibus edition of the latter two: Doona (2004).[9]

Petaybee universe[edit]

The Petaybee universe comprises two trilogies by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.[10]

Powers trilogy[edit]

The Twins of Petaybee series[edit]

The Freedom series[edit]

The Freedom series or "Catteni Sequence" comprises one 1970 short story and four Freedom novels written 1995 to 2002.[11]

Acorna universe[edit]

The "Acorna Universe series" comprises ten novels published 1997 to 2007, seven sometimes called Acorna and three sometimes called Acorna's Children. The first two were written by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball, the rest by McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough.[12]

Acorna series[edit]

Acorna's Children series[edit]

Short story collections[edit]


Three Women contains the first three listed in an omnibus edition.

Children's Books[edit]



  1. ^ Hans van der Boom reported 2008/2009 that McCaffrey at age 82 had warned its completion may not be possible: "with recurring health problems, it is very hard to find the energy ...".
    The Pern Museum & Archives. Hans van der Boom. Retrieved 2011-07-21. See "Booknews: New solo Pern book by Anne put on hold!".
    McCaffrey, Todd (15 May 2010). "Question from J.J". Todd McCaffrey. Pern Home. Retrieved 2011-10-17. 
    • Recently (2011), regarding collaboration with Todd, Anne McCaffrey says "I still am a bit possessive when it comes to the futures of F'lar and Lessa.["After the Fall"] ... Not only have I enjoyed helping Todd wrap up this very dramatic part of Pernese history, but my own creative juices have been flowing thick and furious: I've been writing up a storm on my own, too." "Letter to Readers", Anne McCaffrey, Dragon's Time, p. ix.


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