Synopses & Reviews
Anne McCaffrey's dragons are the stuff of which SF/fantasy legends are made. All of her dragon books for many years have been national bestsellers. She is one of the most popular writers ever in fantasy and science fiction.
The Girl Who Heard Dragons is a feast for McCaffrey fans and for all readers - a big, satisfying compilation of her fiction never before collected in book form. Best of all, it opens with an original short novel of Pern, "The Girl Who Heard Dragons." In addition, the book contains 24 beautiful black and white drawings by award-winning artist Michael Whelan.
Romance, humor, colorful description and affecting characters are Anne McCaffrey's hallmarks and the fifteen stories herein have these virtues in abundance. No wonder the Chicago Sun-Times described her as a "master of the well-told tale."
"The Girl Who Heard Dragons" is the story of Aramina, a teenage girl of Pern who hears dragons - a skill which does not seem likely to help solve her family's problems. They are "holdless," and must constantly roam the land, trying to hide from bandits. Aramina's mother fears losing her daughter completely to the life of a dragonrider, but McCaffrey has another fate in mind for her young heroine.
The fourteen other stories - all just as good - are:
Euterpe on a Fling
A Sleeping Humpty Dumpty Beauty
The Mandalay Cure
A Flock of Geese
The Greatest Love
A Quiet One
If Madam Likes You...
Zulei, Grace, Nimshi and the Damnyankee
Habit Is an Old Horse
The Bones Do Lie
“Anne McCaffrey, with her dragons, says something very valuable about humans and their interplay with the world around them.” —Marion Zimmer Bradley, author of The Mists of Avalon “Few are better at mixing elements of high fantasy and hard science fiction in a narrative that disarms skepticism by its open embrace of the joys of wish fulfillment.” —The New York Times Book Review
The Grand Masters Praise Anne McCaffrey
"Congratulations to Anne McCaffrey! She has always amazed me with the wonders of Pern and the dramas of humans and dragons in her deft mix of fine fantasy and hard science fiction. The Girl Who Heard Dragons is a fresh revelation of the wealth and range of her talents."--Jack Williamson
"From the time that Ms. McCaffrey's Restoree fell into my hands, I have been an avid reader and collector of all she has published. In the skies of science fiction and fantasy she is rightfully a brilliant star."--Andre Norton
A new edition of the anthology that collects some of Anne McCaffreys short fiction, from the creator of Pern
About the Author
Anne McCaffrey is best known for The Ship Who Sang and its sequels and for the fourteen novels about the Dragonriders of Pern, many of them international bestsellers. In 2005, McCaffrey was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America; she was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2007. McCaffrey lives in a house of her own design, Dragonhold-Underhill, in County Wicklow, Ireland.