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Anne McCaffrey's website

Other McCaffrey series pages:
Page 1: Pern (Dragonriders)
Page 2: Crystal Singer
Page 3: Brain Ships
Page 4: Talents (psychic, rowan, tower)
Page 5: Petaybee
Page 6: Freedom
Page 7: Acorna Page 8: Collections and other works

See also:
Anne McCaffrey interview
AM answers the Usual Questions (interview project)

Fantasy/Science Fiction series:

Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series

Isaac Asimov's Foundation and Robots series

Mary Janice Davidson's Undead series

Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider series
Anne McCaffrey's Crystal Singer series
Anne McCaffrey's Brain Ships series
Anne McCaffrey's Talents (psychic, rowan, tower) series
Anne McCaffrey's Petaybee series
Anne McCaffrey's Freedom series
Anne McCaffrey's Acorna series
George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones and more
Tanya Huff's Vicki Nelson (Blood Lines)
Tanya Huff's Confederation
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
Spider Robinson's Callahan and Stardance series

Roger Zelazny's Amber Series


The Dragonrider books by Anne McCaffrey series reading order and synopsis

Anne McCaffrey Freedom's Landing Series Page

Strange New Home

There's a feeling of deja vu at the beginning of this series, a woman, abducted by aliens, looking after others, participating in the adventure, protecting a large man.

Some of it is reminiscent of Restoree, but it's not just that.

This time the heroine is more self-sufficient, knife-wielding, resourceful, used to living off the land. A group of hapless creatures, humans and others are dumped on a planet by alien abductors as their method of colonisation. The motley bunch of surprised colonists-to-be must save themselves from a variety of local dangers, as well as from themselves.

With them is one of the abductors, caught by his enemies and another unwilling colonist. He is hated as an oppressor, but our heroine protects him because she was in part responsible for his capture.

More contemporary than the medieval-fantasy premises of the Pern series, and not specifically science fiction like the brain ships and the talents, this is more of a 'it could be you tomorrow' series.

book cover, Freedom's Landing, Anne McCaffrey
Freedom's Landing, Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Landing

Kristin Bjornsen lived a normal life, right up until the day the spaceships floated into view above Denver. As human slaves were herded into the maw of a massive vessel, Kristin realized her normal life was over and her fight for freedom was just beginning...

The alien Catteni value strength and intelligence in their slaves--and Kristin has managed to survive her enslavement while hundreds of other humans have not. But her trial has just begun, for now she finds herself part of a massive experiment. The aliens have discovered a new world, and they have a simple way of finding out if it's habitable: drop hundreds of slaves on the surface (source:

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book cover, Freedom's Challenge, Anne McCaffrey
Freedom's Challenge, Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Challenge

Kris Bjornsen and her fellow settlers have no intention of surrendering the home they've created for themselves...

Armed with the knowledge that the true enemy behind the Catteni is the Eosi race, Kris has begun a campaign to free Botany's settlers by raising a rebellion among her people against their parasitic oppressors. (source:

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book cover, Freedom's Choice, Anne McCaffrey
Freedom's Choice, Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Choice

Kristin's people have learned that the aliens responsible for their imprisonment are merely mercenaries, subjugated by the parasitic Eosi Race, and that Botany is being farmed remotely by some unknown species--a species that may be sympathetic to the colonists' struggle for freedom.

The "Farmers" refuse to join the humans in their rebellion against the Catteni, but they agree to use their technological skills to shield Botany and hide it from its enemies--buying Kristin and the settlers time to build up their forces and liberate their world...

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book cover, Freedom's Ransom by Anne McCaffrey; 87x140
Freedom's Ransom, Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Ransom

Enslaved on an uninhabited planet by the alien Eosi, Kristin Bjornsen and her fellow humans not only survived against all odds to colonize the world now known as Botany, but liberated themselves from their captors and claimed it as their home...

The colonists could not have achieved victory without the help of the exiled Catteni alien, Zainal, who helped Kris contact other races subjugated by the Eosi, and inspired the rebellion that freed them all. To ensure Botany's future, its people must build alliances.

In the wake of alien devastation, Earth has been looted of its technology--technology Botany desperately needs. If Kris and Zainal can reclaim the stolen goods, they can assist Earth while setting a foundation for Botany's place in the universe... (source:

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