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Anne McCaffrey was a Hugo and Nebula award winning author, best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series.

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What does a ‘Mrdini’ look like?

In some of the Anne McCaffrey books such as Damia’s Children, there is a species called "Mrdini". They are strong, have teeth, “poll eyes”, legs that do not allow them to ride horses, stubby ...
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In the Talent series, by Anne McCaffrey, why is Callisto tower limited by Jupiter?

I understand that Jupiter is a very large planet, but why does it matter to the Rowan where in its orbit Callisto tower is, when the difference in spacial differences is minute compared to the overall ...
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Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight: Originally a Lost Colony prelude?

Did Anne McCaffrey's original 1968 Dragonflight include the Lost Colony prelude? To the best of my recollection it did, but I don't have the original handy any more, and I've came across online ...
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How did animals survive Threadfall on Pern?

During a threadfall, the people holed themselves up in their Holds, and the Dragons flamed the Thread from the sky. But we see many instances of riders and dragons and other people getting injured ...
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What "sad thing" did Aramina hear?

From the last chapter of The Renegades of Pern, slightly abridged: Lessa greeted her warmly, expressing delight that Aramina had rediscovered her ability to contact Dragons. Upon questioning, it ...
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What about all the dragon-poop?

Was there ever a definitive description of how dragons and fire lizards defecate and what was done about it? I have read some descriptions saying that they do so between, while other sources stated ...
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Green dragon riders sexual encounters in Pern series?

Did green dragon riders have homosexual encounters with the other male dragon riders when their greens were flying? In The White Dragon, when Mirrim's Green was proddy, the other dragon riders were ...
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How did dinosaurs end up on The Dinosaur Planet?

I read a few of the books in Anne McCaffrey's "The Dinosaur Planet" series. I can't recall -- was it ever explained how dinosaurs ended up on that planet?
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Were firearms ever used in the Dragonriders of Pern series?

Having read the books some time ago, I am under the impression that firearms are never used or mentioned in the Dragonriders of Pern series. In support of this idea, the villains in Dragon's Dawn do ...
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Life Cycle of Thread: Ground phase?

In the Dragonriders of Pern books, the dragon riders burn the Thread before it hits the ground, Ground troops with acid/flame throwers then kill any which does before it can burrow into the ground. In ...
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Are "agenothree" flame-throwers ever described as igniting the liquid?

Reading Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider novels back in the day, I always pictured the "agenothree" flame-throwers borne by the queen riders as spraying flame at the falling thread. Later in the series, ...
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What is the chronological order of the Dragonriders of Pern series?

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 ...
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