Dinosaur Planet (novel)

Dinosaur Planet is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey.[3] It was a paperback original published in 1978, by Orbit Books (UK) and then by Del Rey Books (US), the fantasy & science fiction imprints of Futura Publications and Ballantine Books respectively.[4]

A sequel followed in 1984, titled The Survivors (Dinosaur Planet II),[5] or Dinosaur Planet Survivors in the US. Jointly they are sometimes called the "Dinosaur Planet series" or sub-series.[2] They are set on a fictional planet named "Ireta" that some characters call the "dinosaur planet". They became the first two books of the "Ireta series" in 1990, when McCaffrey collaborated with Elizabeth Moon and Jody Lynn Nye to write three "Planet Pirates" novels with the same setting.[2]

Dinosaur Planet
Dinosaur-Planet
Sweet cover of early US editions[1]
AuthorAnne McCaffrey
Cover artistMelvyn Grant
Darrell Sweet (US)[1]
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
SeriesIreta[2]
GenreScience fiction
PublisherOrbit Books
Publication date
1978
Media typePrint (Paperback)
Pages189 (first edition)
ISBN0-86007-948-1 (first)
OCLC39493412 (Canada)
Followed byDinosaur Planet Survivors 

Origins

McCaffrey had emigrated to Ireland in 1970, with the second Dragonriders of Pern book near completion and a contract for the third.[3] That work stalled after she finished Dragonquest (the second) but the market for children and young adults eventually provided crucial opportunities. Futura Publications (London) signed her to write books about dinosaurs for children, published by its imprint Orbit Books.[6]

Plot summary

A team visits fictional planet Ireta to survey its mineral wealth. Several anomalies are discovered, including some decidedly large animals that resemble prehistoric beings from Earth's history and legend. Before all can be explained, the Heavyworlder "muscle people" mutiny after gaining a taste for flesh and blood.

Ireta series

  • Dinosaur Planet (1978)
  • The Survivors (Dinosaur Planet II), or Dinosaur Planet Survivors (1984)
  • The Death of Sleep (June 1990), Anne McCaffrey and Jody Lynn Nye
  • Sassinak (March 1990), Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon
  • Generation Warriors (1991), Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon

There have been omnibus editions of the two Dinosaur Planet novels as early as 1985 and of three Planet Pirates novels as early as 1993.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b Dinosaur Planet title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database lists cover artists Melvyn Grant for the early UK editions (hard and paper) and the 1980 French edition; Darrell Sweet for the early US editions (paper only); among others, at least three artists for omnibus editions 1985 and later.
  2. ^ a b c d Ireta series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database.
    • Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  3. ^ a b McCaffrey has lived in the vicinity of Dublin, Ireland since September 1970, when she emigrated from greater New York City at age 44.
    Todd McCaffrey (1999). Dragonholder: The Life and Dreams (So Far) of Anne McCaffrey by her son. New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-42217-1. Pages 54–55, 68–71, 74.
  4. ^ Dinosaur Planet title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
    • Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
  5. ^ The Survivors (Dinosaur Planet II) 1984 first edition publication contents at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-27.
    • This is the Canadian release ("price C$3.95") of the second book. For the first book ISFDB lists both British and Canadian releases, which share ISBN, page-count, and cover art.
  6. ^ Dragonholder, p. 101 and pp. 71–101 passim.

External links

Ireta series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

Dinosaur Planet

Dinosaur Planet may refer to:

Dinosaur Planet (novel), a science fiction novel by Anne McCaffrey

Dinosaur Planet, a science fiction novel by Stephen Leigh, book 1 of 6 in his Dinosaur World series

Dinosaur Planet, a cancelled video game by Rare which was later adapted as Star Fox Adventures

Dinosaur Planet (TV series), a television series made by Discovery Channel

Planet of Dinosaurs, a 1978 film

Dinosaur Planet, a concept album by MJ Hibbett

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