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The Skies of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Published by Del Rey Books
Reviewed by Leigh Kimmel
Social change never comes easy. No matter how much benefit it may bring, there will always be those who see it as harmful. Some may have their livelihoods rendered irrelevant overnight, others may find their exalted status diminshed, and a few simply do not like change as a matter of principle.
Pern is no exception to that. After generations of slow stagnation and decline, the discovery of the AIVAS computer enabled the Pernese to recover much of their ancestors' technology in a single generation, as well as changing the orbit of the Red Star so it would no longer bring Thread to menace their homeworld.
However, not everyone saw this as a benefit. A group of reactionaries called the Abominators have taken to attacking the old/new technologies as a distortion of Pernese Traditions. Like terrorists and extremists throughout history, they have come to believe that the ends justify the means and are willing to use violence and lies in their push to turn back the clock.
At the same time, Pern makes the unhappy discovery that Thread is not the only threat that comes from the sky. Dragonriders must mobilize to face this new disaster -- but all their heroism is seen as inadequate by many who demand a better response to this new danger.
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Review posted August 26, 2001
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