I've read most of the books, more or less in published order, but I've gotten rather confused with the timeline jumps that occur in the series.

What is the in-universe chronological order of the stories in Dragonriders of Pern series?

As an aside, would this be a good recommended order for reading these books?

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    PLEASE NOTE: "Suggested reading order" != "chronological order". I recommend reading them in the order they were published. Possibly start with the dragonsong area if you need to for getting into the stories. But leave the Chronicles of Pern: First Fall for the end.
    – jcolebrand
    Aug 10, 2011 at 23:14

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Here's a pretty good, detailed chronology: http://pern.srellim.org/chrono.htm

Based on that table, here's a rough list. (I've sorted the short story collections by the chronologically-first story they contain.)

  • The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
  • Dragonsdawn
  • Dragonseye
  • A Gift of Dragons
  • Dragon's Kin
  • Dragon's Fire
  • Dragonsblood
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
  • Nerilka's Story
  • Masterharper of Pern
  • Renegades of Pern (overlaps the next 6, so perhaps could come after them)
  • Dragonflight
  • Dragonquest
  • Dragonsong
  • Dragonsinger
  • Dragondrums
  • The White Dragon
  • All the Weyrs of Pern
  • Dolphins of Pern
  • Skies of Pern

I will note that the above would make a terrible reading order for a first-time reader of Pern. For a first-timer, publication order is the way to go.

  • Thanks for the list! Would you recommend Renegades before or after those 6? Jan 31, 2011 at 20:38
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    @Teknophilia: probably after, actually - I only listed it before to be consistent about using the first date as the sorting order. And like I said, if you're reading Pern for the very first time, definitely start with either Dragonflight or with Dragonsong, depending mostly on your age & gender (Older/male = Dragonflight, younger/female = Dragonsong).
    – Martha
    Jan 31, 2011 at 21:44
  • An alternative to publication order is to read the "young adult" books first: Dragonsinger, Dragonsong, Dragondrums, Nerilka's Story, and Chronicles, because they make an easier introduction. The Rowan, Crystal Singer, and Brain ship books by the same author are also very good, though I can't recommend the Acorna or Petaybee series. Aug 4, 2011 at 4:27
  • I liked Acorna but I definitely recommend reading Rowan with Pern. Crystal Singer may be a good series for an adult reader to become associated with the style of McCafferey's writings, but not for younger kids under HS age. I think she did a really good job integrating the entire universe. In RE: the A above, I would say that chronological on the timeline has NOTHING to do with reading order.
    – jcolebrand
    Aug 10, 2011 at 23:05

It's made up of the Original Trilogy, Harper Hall Trilogy, Dragonflight, Todd McCaffrey, and others.

Here's the order:

The White Dragon,
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern,
Nerilka's Story,
Renegades of Pern,
All the Weyrs of Pern,
The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall,
The Dolphins of Pern,
The Masterharper of Pern,
The Skies of Pern,
Dragon's Kin,
Dragon's Fire,
Dragon Harper

There are also more being written.

  • Isn't that the publication order? In chronological order then Dragonsdawn in first followed by The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall.
    – Richard
    Jan 30, 2011 at 7:52
  • This is the chronological order, the publication order is slightly different. For example, the publication order would be: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, and The White Dragon; not Dragonquest, Dragonsong, ... Jan 30, 2011 at 16:19
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    You must be using a different definition of "chronological" than the rest of us. First Fall towards the end of the list? Really?
    – Martha
    Jan 31, 2011 at 2:58
  • Sorry about that, I've read some of them, and I asked around for the rest. Does anyone have a better order? Jan 31, 2011 at 3:06

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