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An old series that had a young man with a small dragon that sat on his shoulder. Not a magic type book, more science fiction. I can't believe I can't remember the author. Thanks.

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    Kung Fu Panda? ;-) – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jun 17 '15 at 21:20
  • Can you remember the name of the character or any plot line? As others have pointed out there are various books & series that it could be. – Dijkgraaf Jun 17 '15 at 21:28
  • Was this dragon part of the main plot or just an incidental character? – Joe L. Jun 17 '15 at 23:20
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    Maybe the Vlad Taltos series from Steven Brust, but it's fantasy, not science fiction. – Florent Bayle Jun 18 '15 at 7:02
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    This is way too common. Heck, two of my friends wrote (short) books like that! :D Is there something more you remember of the series? – Luaan Jun 18 '15 at 12:08
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Using cover designs as a reference, I rarely found the Dragonriders of Pern to show males and fire lizards (tiny shoulder sitting dragons) on the same cover.

But if we're talking about an old series which showed a male, in a science fiction setting, with a dragon-like pet, Flinx and Pip have more covers depicting the requested elements. Pip and Flinx have been around since the early 1970s.

Book covers

  • and they're a fun read too ;) – Jim2B Jun 18 '15 at 2:02
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    Did you h3 all your answer on purpose? – Kreiri Jun 18 '15 at 7:29
  • @N_Soong why does an edit that is described as "removed unnecessary headers" add header tags? – Yakk Jun 18 '15 at 14:34
  • @Yakk; previously all the text was headers, so I removed the unnecessary ones – Often Right Jun 19 '15 at 0:04
  • @N_Soong The edit history disagrees. You apparently ignored the or missed the edit that someone completed before you. – Yakk Jun 19 '15 at 1:34
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It's a pretty common idea..... If it were Fantasy, I'd guess the Earthsea novels; they are called harekki, and an image that sticks with many people is of one of the side character's little sister with one that curls around her wrist. And, of course, recently, people have become familiar with Daenerys Targaryen's little ones.

Since you say science fiction, tho, could it be from one of the Pern books? The well known dragons started as little Fire-lizards and were genetically engineered for greater size, eventually becoming the dragons everyone is familiar with.

Take a look (at your own risk; it's TvTropes, and you can lose hours of otherwise productive time there) at the TvTropes page on Shoulder Sized Dragons. One of them might be what you are looking for.

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Dragonrider's of Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey. The small ones that sit on the shoulder are called Fire Lizards

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Pip & Flinx by Alan Dean Foster?

  • I would bet on this one. – Organic Marble Jun 18 '15 at 0:33
  • Please provide more text to support why you think this is the right answer... FYI, I agree. – Jim2B Jun 18 '15 at 2:02
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Dragon Drums has some versions of the cover where a young man has a dragon (fire lizard) on his shoulder. If you don't remember space ships I'd go with this one.

If there are ships it may be the Pip and Flinx series by Alan Dean Foster. It has a young man with a flying snake on most of the covers that can be miss remembered as a small dragon.

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Most of Andre Norton's protagonists have animal sidekicks. Forerunner, one of her books I read recently-enough to remember a bit, has ones more bat-like than dragon-like. She wrote more than sixty books, so I think there's a good chance of a shoulder-dragon in there somewhere!

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But, OTOH, a quick look at all the covers of her books that I could find on Bing, showed no such shoulder-dragons.

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