The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern is a companion book for the series Dragonriders of Pern. It's written by Jody Lynn Nye in collaboration with Anne McCaffrey. Was first published by Del Rey / Ballantine in November 1989.

Chapters (First Edition) [177 pp.]

The first edition of the Guide was published in 1989 (reprinted in 1992) and includes information on the Pern world based on novels published before 1991 (up to and including All the Weyrs of Pern).

Chapter I: Overview
Chapter II: Fit for Human Habitation
  • The EEC Exploration
  • Colonial Landing, the Ships and Commanders
  • Native Flora, Native Fauna
  • Dragonets
  • Imported Flora
  • Imported Fauna
  • Adaptations
  • The First Stakeholds
Chapter III: The Red Star
  • Thread!
  • Defense
  • Appearance and Behavior of Thread
Chapter IV: From Dragonets to Dragons
Chapter V: Weyrlings
  • The Impression — A Short Story
  • The Care and Feeding of a Young Dragon
Chapter VI: Training and Fighting Dragons
  • Weyrling Training
  • The Fighting Wings
  • Wing and Flights
  • Threadfighting Tactics
  • Shoulder Knots
Chapter VII: Threadfall Charts
Chapter VIII: Fort, the First Hold
Chapter IX: Benden, the Second Weyr
Chapter X: Holds, Crafthalls and Weyrs

Chapters (Second Edition) [213 pp.]

The second edition of the Guide was published in 1997 and supplemented by information. The chapters have been added:

Chapter XI: The End of Thread
  • Process Initiated
  • Window of Opportunity
  • Restoring Power to Pern
  • Learning New Skills
  • Plastics
  • Opposition Arises
  • The Project Begins
  • The Face of the Red Star
  • «Project Overkill»
  • The Window Open
Chapter XII: Life After Thread
Chapter XIII: Dolphineers
Chapter XIV: New Life for the Dragons
Chapter XV: Pronunciation Guide to Names on Pern
Chapter XVI: Dragons and Their Riders
  • ABBREVIATIONS
  • THE COMPLETE CAST
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