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Book Title: The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall|
The author of the book: Anne McCaffrey
ISBN 13: 9780345368980
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 1.72 MB
Edition: Del Rey Books
Date of issue: October 19th 1993
Read full description of the books The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall:It was when I read this collection of stories right on the heels of re-reading Dragonsdawn that I started to understand how much Anne McCaffrey loves logistics.
Seriously. She loves to give her characters a huge urgent practical problem, and then set the most practical among them to solving it. Whether it's dramatic or not. She wants to tell you all about how they dug the caves with rock-cutters to make Holds and Weyrs and they had to make the cutters last as long as they could, how they made hypocaust systems using underground heat, how they did this big push to move everything to the northern continent and there was all this vital materiel they had to move and they labeled it in different colors according to its priority, and the dolphins helped carry the smallest packages, how oxen that were reluctant to ford a swollen stream could be pushed along by a dragon flying behind them at exactly the right angle... etc, etc, etc...
I know it might sound like I'm criticizing, but I'm not. I re-read a whole lot of McCaffrey's books recently when my mom gave me a bunch of books she didn't want anymore, and this was the one aspect of them that I fell in love with on the re-read. It's something I wouldn't have appreciated as a teen, which is when I originally read her stuff. But now I live in the country in a place where we do a lot of stuff for ourselves (no stone-cutters, but, y'know, chainsaws and stuff) and I am finally understanding physical logistics. The focus you snap into when a real necessity presents itself ("OK, we have to make this work, how do we do it?"), and the joy of seeing it done right.
So, I like that. I'm not always crazy about the way she handles characters (the Chosen and the Not--but she doesn't do this as much when she's busy doing logistics, anyhow!) but I sure do like the logistics.
Read information about the authorAnne McCaffrey was born on April 1st, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Her parents were George Herbert McCaffrey, BA, MA PhD (Harvard), Colonel USA Army (retired), and Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, estate agent. She had two brothers: Hugh McCaffrey (deceased 1988), Major US Army, and Kevin Richard McCaffrey, still living.
Anne was educated at Stuart Hall in Staunton Virginia, Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey, and graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College, majoring in Slavonic Languages and Literatures.
Her working career included Liberty Music Shops and Helena Rubinstein (1947-1952). She married in 1950 and had three children: Alec Anthony, b. 1952, Todd, b.1956, and Georgeanne, b.1959.
Anne McCaffrey’s first story was published by Sam Moskowitz in Science Fiction + Magazine and her first novel was published by Ballantine Books in 1967. By the time the three children of her marriage were comfortably in school most of the day, she had already achieved enough success with short stories to devote full time to writing. Her first novel, Restoree, was written as a protest against the absurd and unrealistic portrayals of women in s-f novels in the 50s and early 60s. It is, however, in the handling of broader themes and the worlds of her imagination, particularly the two series The Ship Who Sang and the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern that Ms. McCaffrey’s talents as a story-teller are best displayed.
She died at the age of 85, after suffering a massive stroke on 21 November 2011.
Obituaries: Locus, GalleyCat.
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