Canon and Reading List

The Dragonriders of Pern series encompasses many novels and short stories that have a history spanning over 2500 Turns. However, for our particular setting, some of the novels will not be considered canonical for our game. Basically, any Pern novel or short story published after Masterharper of Pern are automatically considered non-canonical, especially any of Todd's stuff. Renegades of Pern, The Dolphins of Pern, and All the Weyrs of Pern didn't happen as such. Our timeline diverges after the events in The White Dragon. The basic premise of Benden riders spearheading the effort to eradicate Thread and the fate of Masterharper Robinton still happened, but things like the founding of Dolphincraft Hall and the rediscovery of Paradise River has not happened in our timeline. Items marked with +++ are Recommended Reading for new players who are new to the Pern theme. These are the books that best and most easily demonstrate a 'traditional' Pern setting that our game is currently shifting from. Any future Pern books published by Anne and/or Todd will be considered on a case-by-case basis after someone on staff has read it, but assume it is invalid until we list it otherwise.

Finally, as with all canon, you should check the Common Knowledge page to see what would reasonably be remembered for any canon listed here that is outside of living history. A proper Chronology is also available.

Valid Canon (in Chronological Order)

  • "The P.E.R.N. Survey", in Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
  • Dragonsdawn
  • The rest of Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
  • Dragonseye (aka Red Star Rising)
  • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern +++
  • Nerilka's Story +++
  • Masterharper of Pern (minus references to the Runners)
  • Dragonflight (some canon changes due to unpolished nature of this book)
  • Dragonquest
  • Dragonsong (concurrent with some events in Dragonquest) +++
  • Dragonsinger (concurrent with some events in Dragonquest) +++
  • "The Smallest Dragonboy", in A Gift of Dragons (concurrent with some events in Dragonquest)
  • Dragondrums +++
  • "The Impression", in The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern (concurrent with some events in Dragondrums)
  • The White Dragon

Changed Canon - See below for what actually changed.

  • The Renegades of Pern
  • Dolphins of Pern
  • All the Weyrs of Pern +++ (This gives the best information on the nature of the politics of the era we're in.)

Questionable Canon (aka, please ask staff to make sure certain details are canon here)

  • The Atlas of Pern by Karen Wynn Fonstad
  • The Dragonlover's Guide to Pern by Jody Lynn Nye
  • People of Pern by Robin Wood

Invalid Canon

  • "Runner of Pern", in Legends and A Gift of Dragons
  • "Beyond Between", in Legends II
  • "The Girl Who Heard Dragons"
  • Dragonharper by Jody Lynn Nye
  • Dragonfire by Jody Lynn Nye
  • Dragon's Kin cowritten with Todd McCaffrey
  • Dragonsblood by Todd McCaffrey
  • Dragon's Fire cowritten with Todd McCaffrey
  • Dragon Harper cowritten with Todd McCaffrey
  • Dragonheart by Todd McCaffrey
  • After the Fall (is Over) aka New Era Pern
  • Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
  • Dragonrider cowritten with Todd McCaffrey
  • Dragon's Time by Todd McCaffrey
  • Dragon's Night cowritten with Todd McCaffrey (pending staff review when it's released)

Canon Details That Changed

  • Most of Dolphins of Pern didn't happen as such, since it involved the discovery of dolphins as sentients and the use of dolphins to diagnose medical issues. The only segments of the book that count as canon are the tiny bits involving Toric's attempt to take on more land outside his Hold and the Weyrs and Lord Holders putting him in his place. The school at Landing with 400 students that Readis attended didn't happen in our timeline, and he didn't found the Dolphincraft. None of the dolphin bells were recovered or rung.
  • Honshu Weyrhold was never discovered by F'lessan and Golanth.
  • Southern Weyr was not moved out of its founding location to 'an undisclosed location' when the Lords and Weyrs took on Toric and put him in his place.
  • The Plan to stop Thread failed in All the Weyrs of Pern. All the good will and most of the tech-improving momentum caused by this success didn't happen, and indeed most of the Holds quickly reverted back to solely Traditional technology (either by choice or by force), although some places will try to sneak new stuff in. When Jaxom jumped to the future to see if they succeeded, he saw the truth (that the Red Star had broken into two pieces and that Things Had Gone Badly). He didn't tell anyone when he got back to Pern in his current time.
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