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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

Powers That Be - Petaybee Series

Company Planet

Anne McCaffrey lived in Ireland, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough in the American Pacific North West. This series came about as a result of a discussion during a visit to Ireland by Scarborough.

The premise is simple, people haven't learnt the lessons of history, but corporations have. As a result, the Powers That Be - Petaybee (PTB) who rule the space lanes, and the terraformed colonies, are corporate executives and their military commanders.

Once again the poor, down trodden natives are shifted from their homes to make way for more 'productive' use of the land. In this case, the natives are a mixture of Irish and Eskimo, cold climate humans disenfranchised and brought to a barely-terraformed freezing ball known to the locals as Petaybe.

The locals live frugally, but with great spirit. They respect the land, and in return it respects them. Major Yanaba Maddock is sent there to die after being gassed. Like the locals she has some native American blood in her. She is also assigned to investigate the strange things that go on, including the community's leads the mysterious Sean and the healer Clothagh.

Strong pussy-cat motif in this series to appeal to the cat-lovers amongst us. And then there's the seal...


Powers That Be

Power Lines

Power Play




book cover, The Powers That Be - Petaybee, Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Powers That Be , Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Powers That Be

Major Yanaba Maddock is retired by the Company to Petaybee, an icy planet colonised by displaced people who combined their cultures to live in harmony with their home.

Yanaba is torn between loyalty to the company, who want her to investigate the strange goings-on and the people who take her in. And what is the secret of the charming Sean and the large felines?

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book cover, Power Lines, Anne McCaffrey

Power Lines, Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Power Lines

The natives of Petaybee claimed their planet was sentient, but the officials of Intergal did not believe them . . . or want to believe them. The planet was rich in valuable ore, and Intergal was determined to mine that ore no matter what the cost. Yanaba Maddock, once a company spy, was adopted by the planet and its people as one of their own. Now her loyalties are to Petaybee, not Intergal, and she is dedicated to keeping Intergal from killing the world she has come to love. But without proof of the planet's sentience, Intergal will proceed with its mining operations. Can Yana find a way to convince Intergal of Petaybee's sentience before it is too late? (source:

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book cover, Power Play, Anne McCaffrey

Power Play, Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Power Play

Petaybee was growing up. Day by day, the sentient planet--like any child--was learning to recognize and understand the meaning of outside stimuli, to respond to those stimuli, to communicate its own needs and desires...even to use human speech.

But few outsiders truly cared for the feelings and intelligence of what they perceived to be a giant hunk of rock--or a mere oddity to be gawked at. Some came to worship the newly awakened soul. Some came by invitation, but without comprehension, to harvest the almost magically curative native plants. Big game hunters came chasing rumours of fantastical creatures that simply gave themselves up for the killing. And tourists came in droves, many of them searching for long-lost relatives among those whom Intergal had relocated to Petaybee during its colonization phase.

This is the last of the Petaybe Trilogy

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book cover, Changelings, Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough; 85x140

Changelings, Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough


They are Ronan Born for Water Shongili and Murel Monster Slayer Shongili. Twin brother and sister. Children of Yana and Sean. Children of Petaybee. As such, theirs is a destiny deeply intertwined with the sentient planet that is their home. For Ronan and Murel are more than human. Like their father, each can transform into a seal and converse telepathically with the planet's creatures--such as the friendly otter whose life they save one day from a pack of ravenous wolves.

But the twins' bravery has unforeseen results when a visiting scientist witnesses their startling metamorphosis and becomes obsessed with their capture. To protect their children, Sean and Yana send them to stay with a powerful family friend on an orbiting space station. But no one realizes that Ronan and Murel hunger to discover the origins of their shape-shifting talent--and that their search for knowledge will place them squarely in the path of peril. (source:

Book 1 of The Twins of Petaybee

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Maelstrom, Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough


Now that Petaybee is forming a new equatorial island, the planet has agreed to harbour a group of new refugees, workers indentured to the powerful InterGal Corporation. But the mission to collect the immigrants becomes a rescue operation when it is revealed that InterGal is doing nothing to help these survivors of a world devastated by a meteor shower. Murel and Ronan set out to persuade the frightened refugees to come out of hiding, leave their world, and bring along their sacred totem animals, the gifted sea turtles called the Honus. But the twins discover that they've taken on more than they expected: The Honus are not the only animals sacred to the refugees. There are also the Manos, intelligent sharks who have lost none of their predatory habits--and who cannot be left behind to die.

When the Manos are released into Petaybee's waters, a tragic misunderstanding endangers the whole resettlement operation. At the same time, the mysterious sea otters who once rescued the twins' father are suddenly revealed to be much more than they appear to be.

Now it is up to Ronan and Murel, with the intrepid assistance of their river otter friend Sky, to smooth the waters before a maelstrom of revenge destroys Petaybee's harmonious way of life.

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book cover, Deluge, Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough; 94x140

Deluge, Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough


InterGal Corporation has long desired to exploit the resource-rich Petaybee. But the planet and its guardians, led by Yana Maddock and Sean Shongili, along with their twin children, Ronan and Murel, have successfully thwarted every attempt by the Corporation to impose its iron-fisted dominion. Until now.

In a bold two-pronged assault, the predacious Corporation has arrested Petaybee's leading off-world champion, Marmion de Revers Algemeine, on trumped-up charges, while InterGal's military arm has dispatched an invading force to subdue the planet once and for all. Marmion has allies within the Corporation who can halt the invasion. but if they cannot be found quickly, it will be too late for Marmion . . . and Petaybee.

While their parents work to foil the invasion of their world, Ronan and Murel are captured and sent to a desolate prison world where an old enemy, Dr. Mabo, waits to continue her cruel experiments on the shape-changing siblings. The twins' only hope of escape lies in the uncharted seas of the prison planet. But in the murky depths, something else is waiting. . .

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