Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Reading: More McCaffrey


This book includes two novellas: Nerilka's Story and The Coelura. It's a small book and that was what I needed last night as the gale raged around my attic. My second McCaffrey, and I think I'm going to like her quite a lot.

The first tale is supposed to be backstory to another Pern novel, which I haven't read - but no harm in that. It has a very useful introduction that explains everything about Pern's history and illuminates why this is science fiction and not fantasy.

The second is very different, and very clearly SF. I assumed it to be part of the wider history of the star system in which Pern is located; this does seem to be the case, though some reviewers say it's not. Sentient clothes? What an imagination.
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