For generations, the dragonriders had dedicated their lives to fightingThread, the dreaded spores that periodically rained from the sky toravage the land. On the backs of their magnificent telepathic dragonsthey flew to flame the deadly stuff out of the air before it could reachthe planet's surface. But the greatest dream of the dragonriders was tofind a way to eradicate Thread completely, so that never again wouldtheir beloved Pern be threatened with destruction.
Now, for the first time, it looked as if that dream could come true. Forwhen the people of Pern, led by Masterharper Robinton and F'Lar andLessa, Weyrleader and Weyrwoman of Benden Weyr, excavated the ancientremains of the planet's original settlement, they uncovered thecolonist's voice-activated artificial intelligence system -- which stillfunctioned! And the computer had incredible news for them: There was achance -- a good chance -- that they could, at long last, annihilateThread once and for all!
Cover art by Michael Whelan