Red Star Rising or Dragonseye is a science fiction novel by the American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey. It was the fourteenth book published in the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne or her son Todd McCaffrey.[1]

Red Star Rising, or Red Star Rising: Second Chronicles of Pern, was published by Bantam UK in 1996. For release in the United States the following year it was retitled Dragonseye.[2]

Red Star Rising: Second Chronicles of Pern
and (US) Dragonseye
McCaffrey dragonseye
First edition (UK)
AuthorAnne McCaffrey
Cover artist
  • Steve Weston (first)
  • Eric Peterson (US)[a]
  • United Kingdom
  • (US as Dragonseye)
SeriesDragonriders of Pern
GenreScience fiction novel
Publication date
  • August 1996
  • January 1997 (US)
Media typePrint (hardcover & paperback)
  • 335 (first)
  • 353 (first US)
813/.54 20
LC ClassPS3563.A255 D77 1997
Preceded byThe Dolphins of Pern 
Followed byThe Master Harper of Pern 

Plot introduction

After the events of All the Weyrs of Pern, The Dolphins of Pern, and The Skies of Pern, Thread is less of a threat to the planet. Returning to an earlier time period in Pernese history, the author brings the earlier conflict of Thread reappearing in the Second Pass. The book is set about 250 years after the Landing (the original settlement on Pern) and consequently it only features characters which do not appear in other books of the series.

Following in the footsteps of the novels that established the background of the colony, the book exposes the incremental loss of technology due to the hardships of thread, and inevitable progress towards the more feudal society shown later in the series timeline. It answers such questions as:

  • What happened to the computers?
  • What happened to the technology?
  • Who created the Star Stones?

It also shows more about the process of caring for a newborn dragon than is shown in any of the other Pern books, and explores the ramifications of male riders of green dragons.

The main characters are Clisser (college head, Fort Hold), Chalkin (Lord Holder, Bitra), K'vin (weyrleader, Telgar), Zulaya (weyrwoman, Telgar), Iantine (journeyman artist) and Debera (green rider, Telgar)


  1. ^ Red Star Rising title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database lists cover artist Steve Weston alone for UK editions (Red Star Rising); Eric Peterson alone for US editions (Dragonseye). Retrieved 2011-10-23.


  1. ^ Dragonriders of Pern series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  2. ^ Red Star Rising title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database

External links

Anne McCaffrey bibliography

This is a list of works by American science fiction and fantasy author Anne McCaffrey, including some cowritten with others or written by close collaborators.

Crafthalls of Pern

In the series of books Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, all forms of human knowledge are maintained by one or more crafthalls. Based loosely on the medieval system of guilds, the crafthall system on Pern is designed to maintain both theoretical and practical knowledge across a broad area in the absence of widespread printing, advanced communications, or record-keeping technology.

Dragon's Eye

Dragon's Eye may refer to:

Dragon's Eye (symbol), an ancient geometric tetrahedron or triangle

Dragon's Eye (TV programme), a BBC Cymru Wales television programme

Dragonseye (or Red Star Rising), a science fiction novel by Anne McCaffrey

Dragon's Eye: A Chinese Noir, a 2004 novel written by Andy Oakes

The Dragon's Eye, first book in Kaza Kingsley's series Erec Rex

Ryugan, otherwise known as the Dragon's Eye, a special ability in the anime Tenjho Tenge

Longan, a tropical tree that produces edible fruit named "Dragon Eye" because it resembles an eyeball when shelled

Dragon's Eye (video game), a 1981 video game published by Automated Simulations

Dragonriders of Pern

Dragonriders of Pern is a science fiction series written primarily by American-Irish author Anne McCaffrey, who initiated it in 1967. Beginning in 2003, her middle child Todd McCaffrey has written Pern novels, both solo and jointly with Anne. The series (as of July 2012) comprises 23 novels and several short stories. Most of the short fiction has been collected in two volumes or incorporated in one of the novels, so Dragonriders of Pern is sometimes identified with the 24 books. Two of the novellas included in the first novel, Dragonflight, made McCaffrey the first woman to win a Hugo or Nebula Award.

Dragonriders of Pern (video game)

Dragonriders of Pern is a 1983 video game published by Epyx that is based on Anne McCaffrey's book series of the same name. The game was released for the Atari 8-bit family and Commodore 64.

The player acts as the ruler of a "weyr," a mountaintop redoubt where the people of the planet Pern raise dragons in order to protect against periodic invasions of deadly "thread" that falls from a nearby planet. The game is primarily a strategic one, in which the user attempts to form alliances, but it also includes an action portion where the player controls a dragon in an attempt to destroy falling thread.

The game was considered a forerunner of similar games based on novels. A sequel for the Commodore 64, Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern, was cancelled and not completed.

Dragons (Pern)

The Dragons of Pern are a fictional race created by Anne McCaffrey as an integral part of the science fiction world depicted in her Dragonriders of Pern novels.

In creating the Pern setting, McCaffrey set out to subvert the clichés associated with dragons in European folklore and in modern fantasy fiction. Pernese dragons are similar to traditional European dragons in the fact that they can breathe fire and resemble great lizards or dinosaurs with wings, but the resemblance ends there. Unlike most dragons in previous Western literature, Pernese dragons are entirely friendly to humanity. Furthermore, they are not magical at all. Instead, they are a heavily genetically modified species based on one of Pern's native life-forms, the fire-lizard.

List of Pern books

This list follows Pern historical order and includes Pern short fiction. See Dragonriders of Pern for publication order and for more bibliographic data on the short fiction.Dragonriders of Pern is a science fiction series initiated by Anne McCaffrey with the Hugo Award-winning novella Weyr Search in 1967.

The stories feature human history on the planet Pern, which might be called human-draconian society for its lifelong inter-species relationships between humans and dragons. Anne McCaffrey wrote all the Pern stories until 2003; as of 2012, eight books by her son Todd McCaffrey or by Anne and Todd have continued the series. In all, there are 23 novels, two collections of short fiction, and a few uncollected works. That includes one book by Anne and Todd published in July 2012, several months after her death.

This complete list of Pern stories follows Pern historical order, which is very different from the order of composition or the order of publication. The sequence is also disputable at some points, because many of the works overlap in time or feature travel between times; limited annotations are provided here.

The point of reference for Pern chronology is "Landing", when transport ships arrived and human settlement began. Years, or "Turns" around Pern's sun, are counted After Landing or "AL".

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