Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011) was an American-Irish novelist of science fiction, fantasy and planetary romance. She is best known for her Dragonriders of Pern series and the novel The Ship Who Sang. She got the inspiration for another one of her well known novels, Restoree, when she saw how women were portrayed in science fiction, while their men would be the ones fighting the aliens, thus it was important to her to create a stronger female lead character. McCaffrey would receive dozens among dozens of awards for her work and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006. She died at age 85 from a stroke.

Anne McCaffrey started writing short stories in the 1950s. Her first novel published was Dragonflight, which came out in 1968. Below is a list of Anne McCaffrey’s books in order of when they were originally published (as well as in chronological order):

Publication Order of Dragonriders of Pern Books

Dragonflight (1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonquest (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonsong (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonsinger (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Smallest Dragonboy (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The White Dragon (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragondrums (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nerilka's Story (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonsdawn (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Renegades of Pern (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
All the Weyrs of Pern (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dolphins of Pern (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Red Star Rising / Dragonseye (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Masterharper of Pern (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Skies of Pern (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Gift of Dragons (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon's Kin (With: Todd J. McCaffrey) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beyond Between (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonsblood (With: Todd J. McCaffrey) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon's Fire (With: Todd J. McCaffrey) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon Harper (With: Todd J. McCaffrey) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonheart (By: Todd J. McCaffrey) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon Girl (By: Todd J. McCaffrey) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon's Time (With: Todd J. McCaffrey) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sky Dragons (With: Todd J. McCaffrey) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon's Code (By: Gigi McCaffrey) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Chronological Order of Dragonriders of Pern Books

Dragonsdawn(1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonsblood (With: Todd J. McCaffrey)(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Red Star Rising / Dragonseye(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon's Kin (With: Todd J. McCaffrey)(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon's Fire (With: Todd J. McCaffrey)(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon Harper (With: Todd J. McCaffrey)(2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonheart (By: Todd J. McCaffrey)(2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon Girl (By: Todd J. McCaffrey)(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon's Time (With: Todd J. McCaffrey)(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sky Dragons (With: Todd J. McCaffrey)(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern(1983)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Beyond Between(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Nerilka's Story(1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Masterharper of Pern(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonflight(1968)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonquest(1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonsong(1976)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonsinger(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragondrums(1979)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon's Code (By: Gigi McCaffrey)(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Smallest Dragonboy(1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The White Dragon(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Gift of Dragons(2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Renegades of Pern(1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
All the Weyrs of Pern(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dolphins of Pern(1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Skies of Pern(2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of New Adventures of Pern Books

(with Todd J. McCaffrey)

Publication Order of Acorna Books

(with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Margaret Ball)

Acorna: The Unicorn Girl (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Acorna's Quest (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Acorna's People (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Acorna's World (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Acorna's Search (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Acorna's Rebels (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Acorna's Triumph (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
First Warning: Acorna's Children (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Second Wave: Acorna's Children (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Third Watch: Acorna's Children (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Acorna's Children Books

(with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough)

First Warning: Acorna's Children (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Second Wave: Acorna's Children (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Third Watch: Acorna's Children (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Brainship Books

The Ship Who Sang (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ship Who Searched (With: Mercedes Lackey) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
PartnerShip (By: Margaret Ball) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The City Who Fought (By: S.M. Stirling) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ship Who Won (With: Jody Lynn Nye) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ship Errant (By: Jody Lynn Nye) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ship Avenged (By: S.M. Stirling) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Crystal Universe Books

Publication Order of Crystal Singer Trilogy Books

(with)

Publication Order of Dinosaur Planet Books

Dinosaur Planet (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dinosaur Planet Survivors (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Doona Books

Decision at Doona (1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crisis on Doona (With: Jody Lynn Nye) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Treaty at Doona / Treaty Planet (With: Jody Lynn Nye) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Freedom Books

Freedom's Landing (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Freedom's Choice (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Freedom's Challenge (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Freedom's Ransom (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Harper Hall of Pern Books

Publication Order of Petaybee/Powers Trilogy Books

(with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough)

Publication Order of Planet Pirates Books

Sassinak (With: Elizabeth Moon) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Death of Sleep (With: Jody Lynn Nye) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Generation Warriors (With: Elizabeth Moon) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Chronological Order of Planet Pirates Books

The Death of Sleep (With: Jody Lynn Nye)(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Sassinak (With: Elizabeth Moon)(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Generation Warriors (With: Elizabeth Moon)(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of The Talent Books

To Ride Pegasus (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pegasus in Flight (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Pegasus in Space (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Tales of the Barque Cats Books

(with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough)

Publication Order of The Tower and Hive Books

Publication Order of Twins of Petaybee Books

(with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough)

Publication Order of Three Women Books

Ring of Fear (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Kilternan Legacy (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Three Women (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Restoree (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Mark of Merlin (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Stitch in Snow (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Year of the Lucy (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Lady (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
An Exchange Of Gifts (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
No One Noticed the Cat (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
If Wishes Were Horses (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Black Horses for the King (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Get Off the Unicorn (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Future love (1977)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Habit is an old horse (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Girl Who Heard Dragons (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Gift of Dragons (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Cooking Out Of This World (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Atlas of Pern (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Diversity of Dragons (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Legends Books

Legends (With: Stephen King,Robert Silverberg) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King (By: Diana Gabaldon,George R.R. Martin,Orson Scott Card,Terry Brooks,Robert Silverberg,Neil Gaiman,Elizabeth Haydon) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Legends 3 (By: Terry Pratchett,Tad Williams,Robert Jordan,Robert Silverberg,Ursula K. Le Guin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Graphic Novels

(with Brynne Stephens)

Dragonflight #1 (With: Brynne Stephens) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonflight #2 (With: Brynne Stephens) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonflight #3 (With: Brynne Stephens) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Brynne Stephens Graphic Novels

(with Brynne Stephens)

Dragonflight #1 (With: Brynne Stephens) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonflight #2 (With: Brynne Stephens) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragonflight #3 (With: Brynne Stephens) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of L. Ron Hubbard Presents: Writers of the Future Books

L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 1 (By: Algis Budrys) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 2 (By: Algis Budrys) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 3 (By: Algis Budrys) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 4 (By: Algis Budrys) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 5 (By: Algis Budrys) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 7 (By: Algis Budrys) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 8 (By: Algis Budrys) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future9 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future10 (By: Dave Wolverton) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future11 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future12 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future13 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future14 (By: L. Ron Hubbard,Dave Wolverton) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 15 (By: Algis Budrys) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future16 (By: Algis Budrys,L. Ron Hubbard) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future17 (By: Algis Budrys,L. Ron Hubbard) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future19 (By: Algis Budrys,L. Ron Hubbard) (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 20 (By: Algis Budrys) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 21 (By: Algis Budrys) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future22 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 23 (By: Algis Budrys) (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future24 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 25 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future26 (By: L. Ron Hubbard,Jason Fischer,Tom Crosshill,Brad R. Torgersen,Laurie Tom,Adam Colston,Scott W. Baker,Simon Cooper,Brent Knowles,K.C. Ball,Lael Salaets,Jeff Young,Alex Black) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 27 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 28 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 29 (By: L. Ron Hubbard,Andrea G. Stewart) (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future30 (By: David Farland,L. Ron Hubbard) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 31 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future32 (By: David Farland,L. Ron Hubbard,Stephen C. Merlino) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future33 (With: David Farland,Todd J. McCaffrey,L. Ron Hubbard) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future34 (By: David Farland,L. Ron Hubbard) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future35 (By: David Farland,L. Ron Hubbard) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future36 (By: David Farland,L. Ron Hubbard) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 37 (By: Kristine Kathryn Rusch,Orson Scott Card,David Farland,L. Ron Hubbard,Jody Lynn Nye,Barbara Lund,Elizabeth Chatsworth,Brittany Rainsdon,Craig Elliott,Christopher Bowthorpe,John M. Campbell,Ryan Cole,Anj Dockrey,K. D. Julicher,Erik Lynd,Sara Fox,Elaine Midcoh,Trent Walter,Emma Washburn,Luke Wildman) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future38 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future 39 (By: L. Ron Hubbard) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
L. Ron Hubbard Presents: Writers of the Future, Vol. 40 (By: S.M. Stirling,Bob Eggleton,L. Ron Hubbard,Lisa Silverthorne,Jody Lynn Nye,Gregory Benford,Nancy Kress,Jack Nash,Lucas Durham,Galen Westlake,Stephannie Tallent,James Davies,Tom Vandermolen,Chris Arias,Amir Agoora,Kal M,Sky McKinnon,Rosalyn Robilliard,Lance Robinson,John Eric Schleicher,Mary Wordsmith,Dan Dos Santos,Ashley Cassaday,Gigi Hooper,Jennifer Mellen,Pedro Nascimento,Steve Bentley,Connor Chamberlain,Selena Meraki,Guelly Rivera,Tyler Vail,Carina Zhang,May Zheng) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Analog Science Fiction and Fact, October 1967(1967)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Analog 7(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine, March 1969(1969)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alchemy and Academe(1970)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Young Demons(1972)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
More Stories from the Hugo Winners, Vol. 2(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ten Tomorrows(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Demon Kind(1973)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Continuum 2(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Continuum 1(1974)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Science Fiction Today and Tomorrow: A Discursive Symposium(1975)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon Tales(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Science Fiction A to Z(1982)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Moonsinger's Friends: An Anthology in Honor of Andre Norton(1985)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Carmen Miranda's Ghost is Haunting Space Station Three(1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Once Upon a Time(1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Cats in Space... and Other Places(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Confederacy of the Dead(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Ultimate Alien(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Penguin Book of Modern Fantasy by Women(1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Don't Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Space Opera(1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lightspeed Magazine, April 2011(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Runner of Pern(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Mothers and Daughters(1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Far Horizons(1999)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
On Dragonwings(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Emerald Eye(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dancing with the Dark(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Federations(2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lightspeed: Year One(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Fleet(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Women of Futures Past(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Infinite Stars(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Notes: The Ship Who Won, The Death of Sleep and all Doona books except for Decision at Doona were co-authored with Jody Lynn Nye. Sassinak and Generation Warriors were co-authored with Elizabeth Moon. The Petaybee series, Twins of Petaybee, Barque Cats, Acorna’s Children and all Acorna books following Acorna’s Peoplewere co-authored with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Acorna: The Unicorn Girl, Acorna’s Quest and Partnership were co-authored with Margaret Ball. The New Adventures of Pern series was co-authored with Todd McCaffrey. The Ship Who Searched was co-authored by Mercedes Lackey. The City Who Fought was co-authored by S.M. Stirling.

DragonsEye was also published as Red Star Rising. The Lady: A Tale of Ireland was also published as Carradyne Touch.

Future Love also has stories by Jeffrey A. Carver and J. Hunter Holly. Space Opera was edited with Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. The Atlas of Pern was written with Karen W. Fonstad. Serve it Forth was co-authored by John Gregory Betancourt.

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4 Responses to “Order of Anne McCaffrey Books”

  1. Ila Turner: 8 years ago

    I found a pdf that states this: SUGGESTED READING ORDERS OF BOOKS AND STORIES IN ANNE MCCAFFREY’S PERN SERIES
    Fans often ask for advice as to the order in which to read the books in the popular Dragonriders of Pern© series. Anne McCaffrey herself suggests you should read them in the order in which they were published. You can get the PDF here: http://www.pernhome.com/aim/2006-Pern-Reading-Order.pdf

    Now I can begin my collection and (hopefully) stop worrying where to begin reading or what order.

    When you click the link you will download the PDF immediately – so if you don’t want to download it, don’t click the link. I also posted this to the Order of Dragonriders of Pern page.

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  2. Becky Panetta: 9 years ago

    There’s a book missing from the standalone list. Restoree published in 1967.

    Reply

  3. Charmain: 9 years ago

    Quote from above: “The Ship Who Searched was co-authored by Mercedes Lacey.”
    That should be Mercedes Lackey.

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  4. dj: 10 years ago

    just because its the date of publication, doesnt mean thats the chronological order they go in. You should make a list of that too with the pern books

    Reply

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