Dragonriders of Pern Reading Order

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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.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1The Survey: P.E.R.N.Short StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01Before LandingCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
2DragonsdawnNovelAnne McCaffrey1988-10-12First Pass
3The Dolphins' BellShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01First PassCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
4The Ford of Red HanrahanShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01First PassCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
5The Second WeyrShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01First PassCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
6Rescue RunShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1993-10-01First PassCollected in The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
7
Red Star Rising (Dragonseye)NovelAnne McCaffrey1997-01-28Second Pass
8Ever the TwainShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2002-10-29Second PassCollected in A Gift of Dragons
9
Dragon's KinNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2003-11-25Third Pass
10Dragon's FireNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2006-07-11Third Pass
11Dragon HarperNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2007-12-26Third Pass
12
DragonheartNovelTodd McCaffrey2008-11-11Third Pass
13DragonsbloodNovelTodd McCaffrey2005-01-25Third Pass
14DragongirlNovelTodd McCaffrey2010-07-01Third Pass
15Dragon's TimeNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2011-06-28Third Pass
16Sky DragonsNovelAnne & Todd McCaffrey2012-06-26Third Pass
17Moreta: Dragonlady of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1983-11-01Sixth Pass
18
Nerilka's StoryNovelAnne McCaffrey1986-02-12Sixth Pass
19Beyond BetweenShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2003-12-30Sixth PassCollected in Legends II
20The Masterharper of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1998-01-12Ninth Pass
21Runner of PernShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2002-10-29Ninth PassCollected in A Gift of Dragons
22DragonflightNovelAnne McCaffrey1968-07-01Ninth PassFirst Novel
23Dragonflight, Vol. 1Graphic NovelAnne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens1991-06-01Ninth Pass
24Dragonflight, Vol. 2Graphic NovelAnne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens1991-06-01Ninth Pass
25Dragonflight, Vol. 3Graphic NovelAnne McCaffrey, Brynne Stephens1991-06-01Ninth Pass
26DragonquestNovelAnne McCaffrey1971-05-01Ninth Pass
27
DragonsongNovelAnne McCaffrey1976-03-01Ninth Pass
28
DragonsingerNovelAnne McCaffrey1977-02-01Ninth Pass
29
DragondrumsNovelAnne McCaffrey1979-03-01Ninth Pass
30The White DragonNovelAnne McCaffrey1978-06-01Ninth Pass
31The ImpressionShort StoryAnne McCaffrey1989-01-01Ninth PassCollected in The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern
32The Smallest DragonboyShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2002-10-29Ninth PassCollected in A Gift of Dragons
33The Girl Who Heard DragonsShort StoryAnne McCaffrey2002-10-29Ninth PassCollected in A Gift of Dragons
34The Renegades of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1989-10-01Ninth Pass
35All the Weyrs of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1991-09-19Ninth Pass
36The Dolphins of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey1994-09-06Ninth Pass
37The Skies of PernNovelAnne McCaffrey2001-04-03Ninth Pass
38Dragon's CodeNovelGigi McCaffrey2018-10-02Ninth Pass