Anne McCaffrey created one of the most expansive and well-loved sci-fi/fantasy series (it’s kind of a hybrid of both), that has gone on to become one of the best series of its kind. This is the Dragonriders of Pern reading order.
What’s in the Dragonriders of Pern Reading Order?
The Dragonriders of Pern reading order takes the series written primarily by Anne McCaffrey and places them in chronological order. Some of the books were co-written by Anne and other authors, including her son Todd McCaffrey. All of the main books and short stories are included in this timeline. One book, After the Fall is Over, was being written by Anne, but she died in 2011 and was unable to complete it.
Since her death, however, her children have continued the series, so there are still more Pern books coming. Check back with this timeline to discover what is new.
Where to Start the Dragonriders of Pern?
This is actually a tricky question in this case, as the default chronological order below does not match the order of release. We would probably recommend reading them in the order of release, though if you’re already familiar with the saga as a whole, it won’t hurt to read through it chronologically.
As with all of our timelines, don’t hestitate to let us know if there’s something else to add or correct on the list. We welcome all feedback.
|1||The Survey: P.E.R.N.||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||1993-10-01||Before Landing||Collected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall|
|2||Dragonsdawn||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1988-10-12||First Pass|
|3||The Dolphins' Bell||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||1993-10-01||First Pass||Collected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall|
|4||The Ford of Red Hanrahan||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||1993-10-01||First Pass||Collected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall|
|5||The Second Weyr||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||1993-10-01||First Pass||Collected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall|
|6||Rescue Run||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||1993-10-01||First Pass||Collected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall|
|7||Red Star Rising (Dragonseye)||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1997-01-28||Second Pass|
|8||Ever the Twain||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||2002-10-29||Second Pass||Collected in A Gift of Dragons|
|9||Dragon's Kin||Novel||Anne & Todd McCaffrey||2003-11-25||Third Pass|
|10||Dragon's Fire||Novel||Anne & Todd McCaffrey||2006-07-11||Third Pass|
|11||Dragon Harper||Novel||Anne & Todd McCaffrey||2007-12-26||Third Pass|
|12||Dragonheart||Novel||Todd McCaffrey||2008-11-11||Third Pass|
|13||Dragonsblood||Novel||Todd McCaffrey||2005-01-25||Third Pass|
|14||Dragongirl||Novel||Todd McCaffrey||2010-07-01||Third Pass|
|15||Dragon's Time||Novel||Anne & Todd McCaffrey||2011-06-28||Third Pass|
|16||Sky Dragons||Novel||Anne & Todd McCaffrey||2012-06-26||Third Pass|
|17||Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1983-11-01||Sixth Pass|
|18||Nerilka's Story||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1986-02-12||Sixth Pass|
|19||Beyond Between||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||2003-12-30||Sixth Pass||Collected in Legends II|
|20||The Masterharper of Pern||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1998-01-12||Ninth Pass|
|21||Runner of Pern||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||2002-10-29||Ninth Pass||Collected in A Gift of Dragons|
|22||Dragonflight||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1968-07-01||Ninth Pass||First Novel|
|23||Dragonflight, Vol. 1||Graphic Novel||Anne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens||1991-06-01||Ninth Pass|
|24||Dragonflight, Vol. 2||Graphic Novel||Anne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens||1991-06-01||Ninth Pass|
|25||Dragonflight, Vol. 3||Graphic Novel||Anne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens||1991-06-01||Ninth Pass|
|26||Dragonquest||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1971-05-01||Ninth Pass|
|27||Dragonsong||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1976-03-01||Ninth Pass|
|28||Dragonsinger||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1977-02-01||Ninth Pass|
|29||Dragondrums||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1979-03-01||Ninth Pass|
|30||The White Dragon||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1978-06-01||Ninth Pass|
|31||The Impression||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||1989-01-01||Ninth Pass||Collected in The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern|
|32||The Smallest Dragonboy||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||2002-10-29||Ninth Pass||Collected in A Gift of Dragons|
|33||The Girl Who Heard Dragons||Short Story||Anne McCaffrey||2002-10-29||Ninth Pass||Collected in A Gift of Dragons|
|34||The Renegades of Pern||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1989-10-01||Ninth Pass|
|35||All the Weyrs of Pern||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1991-09-19||Ninth Pass|
|36||The Dolphins of Pern||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||1994-09-06||Ninth Pass|
|37||The Skies of Pern||Novel||Anne McCaffrey||2001-04-03||Ninth Pass|
|38||Dragon's Code||Novel||Gigi McCaffrey||2018-10-02||Ninth Pass|