Nov 20

This gaming centre is dead. Only two dragons playing today.Click for full image

You know what you thought? You thought, you’d seen everything anyone could possibly do with a dragon. Well, you’re wrong. Three words for you to eat today, ‘Dragons In Space’! Oh yes, and trying to decipher the controls of a space ship! I mean, dragons can read, right?

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.96 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “All the Weyrs of Pern”

  1. little mi Says:

    I love the little one pressing the computer keys with his ickle nose. That’s possible one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen!

    Do you think you can get them in Pets at Home?

  2. SI Says:

    Yea they had a few in there last week. Just make sure you get the vegetarian dragons. The other ones will have your neighbours dog in a second.

    In it’s cuteness it’s probably crashing that orbital space station right into the planet. hehe

  3. CSA Says:

    Remember a dragon is for life, not just for Christmas.

    You know what, i’m not even going to question why there are dragons floating around an orbital space dome… i’m sure it makes sense in the context of the novel, but does look rather… odd

  4. little mi Says:

    Maybe its like a cat infestation. Someone brought one along when it was just a little lizard and it looked cute and then before you can say ‘who’s the cutest ickle lizardy wizardy in the whole wide space dome’ it has grown 10 feet long and eaten the navigation officer.

  5. SI Says:

    The dragon does have quite the belly on him/her. Maybe it’s been tucking into more that just the navigation officer. Possibly the rest of the crew too.

  6. CSA Says:

    I can’t imagine them being very mobile in an envionment without gravity. their legs usually dont really offer them much range in movement. I kind picture them flopping around in the air like a fish would on land. Ah wait, i know how they move… magic.

    Maybe the dragons ARE the crew, they just have very poorly designed seats. And maybe they have pet humans onboard?

  7. SI Says:

    When you mentioned animals in space. I couldn’t help but think about this. A friday afernoon funny:

    Nasa Cat

  8. Ken Says:

    Unlike many of the other covers that you described/ridiculed so perfectly, this is one case where the cover accurately portrayed an actual scene from the book. The two dragons (Ruth and Farli, who could hold their breath for an extended period of time) did in fact go up to the Yokahama, specifically to throw some switches which would reactivate the air system, so that humans could follow them and complete their work.

  9. SI Says:

    Good stuff! It is rare for an actual scene to be on the book, so good going!

    And I kinda enjoy this cover. It’s not terrible but on public transport would defiantly give you some awesome, “Are those dragons in space?” looks.

  10. Lucy McGough Says:

    What Ken said, only Farli isn’t a dragon – he’s a fire lizard.

  11. Rev Says:

    Geez, Anne McCaffrey really wrote some crap hey?

  12. Claire Says:

    I believe the artist is Steve Weston.

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Mm. Needs a ‘fonts’ tag. The vermillion against cerulean and low blue is simply too much, and the design looks regrettably close to All the Weyrs of Perth.Now, my brother didn’t date all of them while he was in Sydney, but one was plenty…

  14. Tom Noir Says:

    Early GSS fodder for sure. This is positively restrained for a McCaffrey cover.

  15. RachelJ Says:

    @Tom Noir. Oh, I think it’s pretty special though no doubt it doesn’t compare to the cover of the inevitable crossover, ‘Acorna’s Dragons’.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Dragons. Why did it have to be dragons?”

  17. GSS noob Says:

    An accurate description of one of the scenes. Including the ickle bitty one.

    ISTR a generic dragon, possibly Whelan, on this; rare that the British edition is more gaudy and silly.

  18. Tom Noir Says:

    “All the Weyt’s of Perth”

    Hail font problems!

  19. GSS noob Says:

    “All the Weyl’s of Perth”

  20. classicOz Says:

    Would the so cute dragon have enough depth perception to use a keyboard like that or is it touch-tongue typing with a braille keyboard? Just curious.

  21. GSS noob Says:

    I don’t think he actually used his snout. He’s got little bendy toes which would serve the purpose of pushing buttons and flipping switches much better. I fear the British artist succumbed to a bit of twee there.

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