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September 27, 2009

Deconstructing Pern

Rumours of a Philip K. Dick/Anne McCaffrey collaboration have been proven true with the discovery of the manuscript: Dragonvalis. Too good to be true, I suspect. But with McCaffrey's lawyers tooling up to prevent its publication by PKD's estate it may take a journey to some parallel universe if I want to read the thing.

Dick's book opens five centuries after the end of McCaffrey's series. The people of Pern had long before launched an expedition to the Red Star, the neighboring planet that periodically showered the Pernese with deadly spores called threads. The threat had been halted at the source, and Pernese society had, as a result, evolved far beyond the medieval system that had prevailed in the earlier stories. Suburban sprawl covers the planet, producing a society that strongly resembles that of Dick's beloved Southern California.

But with some differences. Dragonriders criss-cross the sky, mostly working as aerial cabbies. And on the streets and in the weyrs, a new recreational drug is taking hold: Substance T, made from threads farmed on the Red Star.

I am killing myself here.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 27, 2009 07:27 AM


You'll have to travel to an alternate universe indeed; I'm informed that article was a satire written in 2002. The Pern book was never real.

Posted by: Robotech_Master [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 27, 2009 03:26 PM

It was just too good to check.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 27, 2009 06:21 PM