Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern

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Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
Whelan cover of Del Rey editions[a]
Author Anne McCaffrey
Cover artist
Country United States
Language English
Series Dragonriders of Pern
Genre Science Fiction
Publisher Del Rey/Ballantine
Publication date
November 1983 (US)
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 286 pp (first US hardcover)
ISBN 978-0-345-29874-4
OCLC 9441838
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3563.A255 M6 1983
Preceded by Dragondrums
Followed by Nerilka's Story

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It was the seventh book published in the Dragonriders of Pern series, more than twenty books by Anne and eventually her son Todd McCaffrey.[1]

With this book, McCaffrey jumped 1000 years back in Pern history from the setting of the first book, Dragonflight, to a time memorialized in song and rendered legendary from the standpoint of the previous books.

Plot summary[edit]

The story involves a deadly disease that nearly wipes out the Pernese population. Moreta is a weyrwoman at Fort Weyr who sets out to save the human population, racing against time itself. The follow-up novel, Nerilka's Story, tells the tale of the same event from a different perspective.


The book addresses such issues as quarantine, public response to emergency restrictions on travel and assembly, and also describes how "modern" forms of transportation, especially air travel, can spread a disease worldwide during its incubation period, allowing the disease to spread far more widely before pathologists are able to recognize the magnitude of the outbreak.


Moreta was one of five nominees for the annual Hugo Award for Best Novel and it placed sixth for the annual Locus Award for Best Novel.[2]


  1. ^ Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database lists Michael Whelan cover artist for numerous US editions, all except Apr 2005 SFBC Paul Youll; no listing for the first UK edition, thereafter Steve Weston (UK).


  1. ^ Dragonriders of Pern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  2. ^ "Anne McCaffrey". Locus Index to SF Awards. Retrieved 2011-10-09. 
    • The awards are voted by paying participants in the World Science Fiction Convention and by Locus magazine readers, respectively. From any Locus Index entry, select the award name for details of the annual result; then select "About" for general information about the award.

External links[edit]

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database