List of Pern books

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This list follows Pern historical order and includes Pern short fiction. See Dragonriders of Pern for publication order and for more bibliographic data on the short fiction.

Dragonriders of Pern is a science fiction series initiated by Anne McCaffrey with the Hugo Award–winning novella Weyr Search in 1967.[1][2] The stories feature human history on the planet Pern, which might be called human-draconian society for its lifelong inter-species relationships between humans and dragons. Anne McCaffrey wrote all the Pern stories until 2003; as of 2012, eight books by her son Todd McCaffrey or by Anne and Todd have continued the series. In all, there are 24 novels, two collections of short fiction, and a few uncollected works.[3] That includes one book by Anne and Todd published in July 2012, several months after her death, and one published by her daughter Gigi in 2018.

This list follows Pern historical order, which is different from the order of publication. The sequence is disputable at some points because many of the works overlap in time or feature travel between times; limited annotations are provided here.

The point of reference for Pern chronology is "Landing", when transport ships arrived and human settlement began. Years, or "Turns" around Pern's sun, are counted After Landing or "AL".[a]

Before Landing[edit]

The planet Rukbat 3 was surveyed about 200 years before settlement ("Landing").

First Pass[edit]

These stories are set before and during the First Pass, from just before settlers landed on Pern until about fifty years afterward (0 to 50 AL).

First Interval[edit]

Just after the First Pass, 58 years after landing.

  • Dragonsblood (2005, by Todd McCaffrey) – set partly in 58 AL, primarily in 508 AL; see Third Pass

Second Pass[edit]

Just before and during the Second Pass, about 250 years after landing.

Third Pass[edit]

Just before and during the Third Pass, about 500 years after landing.

Sixth Pass[edit]

Late in the Sixth Pass, about 1550 years after landing.

Ninth Pass[edit]

Just before and during the Ninth Pass, about 2500 years after landing.


One short story cannot be dated even approximately. Some readers have inferred that it takes place during the Second or Third Pass.


  1. ^ The story is that historical knowledge of human society on Pern, not to mention all human history, was lost long before the Ninth Pass setting of the first six books published, or the Sixth Pass setting of Moreta (1967 to 1983); evidently before the Third Pass setting of Todd McCaffrey's contributions (from 2003). Within most of the novels, therefore, the date A.L. is unknown to the people of Pern (and the fact of colonization is legendary). But the McCaffreys provide many dates for the benefit of readers, in the chapter and section headings of some books and in some front or back matter.
  2. ^ Hans van der Boom reported 2008/09 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 ...". Homepage item "Booknews: New solo Pern book by Anne put on hold!". The Pern Museum & Archives. Hans van der Boom. Confirmed 2011-11-09.
    Todd McCaffrey (2010-05-15). "Question from J.J."[permanent dead link]
    • In her 2011 foreword to Dragon's Time, Anne wrote of collaboration with Todd: "... we tossed around working on my novel, After the Fall is Over ... I still am a bit possessive when it comes to the futures of F'lar and Lessa. ... 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, page ix.


  1. ^ "Analog Science Fiction -> Science Fact, October 1967". Internet Speculative Fiction Database (ISFDB). Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  2. ^ "Hugo Nominees List". The Locus Index to SF Awards. Locus. 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  3. ^ Dragonriders of Pern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. The database includes omnibus editions and multiple editions of some works. Confirmed 2011-10-09.