DRAGONFLIGHT. New York: Walker and Company, . Octavo, boards. First hardcover edition. The first book of Pern series. Incorporates "Weyr Search," winner of the 1968 Hugo award and "Dragon Rider," winner of the 1968 Nebula award. "A well-crafted and tremendously popular tale of a planet threatened by spores from space which can be defeated only by taming fire-breathing alien 'dragons.' The relations between the dragonriders and their mounts have strong erotic overtones." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 107. In the Pern series McCaffrey "achieved a mode and intensity of feeling that broke new ground in fitting SF to the imaginative needs of teenage girls, thus helping to break the masculine mold of most previous SF." - Anatomy of Wonder (2004) II-734. Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 4A-179. Survey of Science Fiction Literature II, pp. 605-07. A fine copy in nearly fine dust jacket with 15 mm closed tear and associated crease at top edge of rear panel and light age-darkening along top and bottom edges. A very nice copy. (#141290).
"Published in the United States of America in 1969 ..." on copyright page.