The Big List of Time Travel Adventures

 Series: Dragonriders of Pern
 from antiquity to 2017

 Dragonriders of Pern #1
by Anne McCaffrey
First publication: Analog, Oct 1967 (“Weyr Search”) and Dec 1967–Jan 1968 (“Dragonrider”)

By the time that Lessa of Ruatha Hold becomes Weyrwoman of the only remaining dragon weyr, the end of all Pern seems a possibility since a single weyr is not enough to fight off the falling threads from the Red Star.

Allison Thompson-Brown reminded me that dragons can go when as well as where, and the travel through time always results in a stable time loop, so that dragon travel can never change anything known to be certain in the past. The actual whening part (or going between time, as it’s called) didn’t come until the third installment (Part 2 of “Dragonrider” in the Jan 1968 Analog), but I’ll date the concept back to the slightly earlier appearance of the first story (“Weyr Search” in Oct 1967). The two stories were fixed up into the first Pern novel, Dragonflight, in July of 1968, but it was another ten years before I discovered it.

 “Dragons can go between times as well as places. They go as easily to a when as to a where.”
Robinton’s eyes widened as he digested this astonishing news.
“That is how we forestalled the attack on Nerat yesterday morning. We jumped back two hours
between times to meet the Threads as they fell.” 

  Dragonriders of Pern #2
by Anne McCaffrey
First publication: May 1971

In the first book, dragonriders from the past came forward to battle the falling Thread that most everyone had dismissed as a long-past threat. Now the Oldtimers butt heads with the present-day leaders, particularly with F’nor who rashly sets out on his own to destroy the Thread at its source on the Red Star.

 There must be some way to get to the Red Star. 

Dragonriders of Pern #2.1: “The Smallest Dragonboy” by Anne McCaffrey, 1973 [no time travel ]

Dragonriders of Pern #3 (Harper Hall #1): Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey, Mar 1976 [no time travel ]

Dragonriders of Pern #4 (Harper Hall #2): Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey, Feb 1977 [no time travel ]

  Dragonriders of Pern #5
The White Dragon
by Anne McCaffrey
First publication: Jun 1978

Young Jaxom of Ruatha Hold is a lord, so of course, he’s not supposed to impress himself on a dragon. But then again, the stunted white dragon Ruth wasn’t supposed to be big enough to fly with a rider either. Nevertheless, amidst the Thread and Oldtimers on Pern, Jaxon does impress Ruth, and together they do a few other things that they’re not meant to be doing either.

The story incorporates the novella, “A Time When” (1975), which appeared only as a limited edition at Boskone where McCaffrey was the Guest of Honor.

 Before Jaxom could remind Ruth that they weren’t supposed to go between time, they had. 

Dragonriders of Pern #6 (Harper Hall #3): Dragondrums by Anne McCaffrey, Mar 1979 [no time travel ]

  Dragonriders of Pern #7
Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey
First publication: Oct 1983

Moreta, the new weyrleader at Fort Weyr, leads the effort to save Pern from a deadly infection.

As you know, dragons can travel between times as well as places. In this story, K’lon stumble upon the chronoability of his dragon, using it to spend more time with his love A’murry; later, Moreta hatches a plan to bring more of the needed needlethorn from the future.

 But my dear boy, youve been taking a dreadful risking timing it. You could meet yourself coming and going— 

  Dragonriders of Pern #8
Nerilka’s Story
by Anne McCaffrey
First publication: Mar 1986

The time of sickness, first told in Dragonlady of Pern, is recounted from the viewpoint of Nerilka, Lady Holder of Hold Ruatha.

 Desdra also tole me, since she knew me to be discreet and trustworthy, how the dragonriders had managed to make so many deliveries. This had contributed to their total exhaustion, a major factor in the tragedy: Dragons could go as easily between one time and another as one place to another. Moreta and Holth had overtaxed their strength this way. For only by stretching time in this bizarre fashion, or rather doubling back on themselves, could MOreta and Holth manage to deliver serum to all the holds on the Keroon plains. 

Dragonriders of Pern #8.1: “The Girl Who Heard Dragons” by Anne McCaffrey, May 1986 [no time travel ]

Dragonriders of Pern #8.1.A1: Dragonharper by Jody Lynn Nye, Jul 1987 [no time travel ]
aka A Crossroads Adventure in the World of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern: Dragonharper

  Dragonriders of Pern #8.1.A2
aka A Crossroads Adventure in the World of Anne McCaffrey’s Pern: Dragonfire
by Jody Lynn Nye
First publication: Jul 1988

Nye wrote two choose-your-own-adventure books in the world of Pern. I didn’t spot any time travel in the first (Dragonharper), but one of the branches of this second book involves the heroine, Mirrim, and her green dragon, Path, timing it back in three possible ways.

 Path crooned deep in her throat . . . 

Dragonriders of Pern #9: Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey, Oct 1988 [no time travel ]

  Dragonriders of Pern #10
Renegades of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey
First publication: Nov 1989

A retelling of various episodes of Dragonriders / Dragonquest / The White Dragon from the perspective of Thella, who is the main renegade of the title.

Also in November of 1989, Jody Lynn Nye (with help from McCaffrey) released The Dragonlover’s Guide to Pern. No dragonreader should leave home without it.

 It was then obvious that the absconding dragons had gone between time to secure their theft. 

  Dragonriders of Pern #11
All the Weyrs of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey
First publication: Sep 1991

After the time of the first books, Pern undergoes a technological revival engendered by the rediscovery of the Admin AI built by the original colonists. An ambitious plan to eliminate Thread forever (yeah, like that’s gonna happen) hinges on time travel and blowing up engines on the Red Star.

 Jaxom shrugged as he changed pages. “A dragon has to know exactly the time when he is going to, or he can come out of between at the same spot hes inhabiting at that earlier time. Too close, and it is thought that both dragon and rider will die. Equally, its unwise to go any place you havent already been, so you shouldnt go forward, because you wouldnt know if you were there or not.” 

Dragonriders of Pern #12: The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, Oct 1994 [no time travel ]

Dragonriders of Pern #13: Red Star Rising by Anne McCaffrey, Aug 1996 [no time travel ]
aka Dragonseye

Dragonriders of Pern #14: The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey, Jan 1998 [no time travel ]

  Dragonriders of Pern #15
The Skies of Pern
by Anne McCaffrey
First publication: Feb 2001

Don’t think for a moment that a Threadless world is going to mean the end of dragon drama or traveling between times. After a comet hits the Eastern Ring Sea, F’lessan and other dragonriders make a plan to go back in time to evacuate the devastated coastal holds before the impact.

 “Does that mean were to time it?” Mirrim asked Tgellan in a hushed tone as soon as they were past Tunge, who had not recovered from the multiple shocks.
“What else?” Flessan asked, right behind her, hauling Tai along beside him.
“How else could we do what is to be done?” Tgellan added as he dragged his weyrmate into a near run. “Yes, Ramoth just confirmed it to Monarth.”
“But what do we do first?” Mirrim demanded in a scared voice.
“Monarths bespeaking Talinas Arwith. Ive told her to take four wings at once to Monaco Bay, to warn Partmaster Zewe and to start moving people to safety.”

  Dragonriders of Pern #16
Dragon’s Kin
by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
First publication: Dec 2003

Oh, the sad life of the underappreciated watch-whers, the minor-league cousins of the mighty dragons of Pern. Still, they have their story, too, and like dragons, they can travel between places. The story also includes minor time travel, although the lowly watch-whers have to leave that to the big lizards in this tale.

 “Watch-whers dont go between,” Nuella declared.
“Yes, they do, I saw Dask do it,” Kindan corrected.

  Dragonriders of Pern #17
by Todd McCaffrey
First publication: Jan 2005

Two sick fire-lizards—the progenitors of Pern’s dragons—fall from the sky where the geneticist Wind Blossom and her protégé set out to cure them and in the process determine that they are from the future.

 “Dont do it!” the first M’hall shouted to the other.
Somber M’hall startled at the sound of his own voice coming to him. “Youre from the future?”

Dragonriders of Pern #18: Dragon’s Fire by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey, Aug 2006 [no time travel ]

  Dragonriders of Pern #19
Dragon Harper
by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey
First publication: 26 Dec 2007

Another epidemic hits Pern right smack in the middle of Kindan’s coming of age at Harper Hall. Meanwhile, J’lantir’s riders claim he told them something that he very well knows he did not—a definite harbinger of time travel in the dragon series.

 “Where were you all this time?” J’lantir growled. K’nad dropped his head, shaking it slowly. lantir pursed his lips sourly and peered along the rest of the line of men that comprised his missing wing. “Where were all of you?”
He scanned the line, looking for someone who might answer.
“We were on an important mission,’ J’trel said finally. The others looked at him and nodded in relief.
“Very important,” K’nad added with a confirming nod.
“So important that I didnt know about it?” J’lantir asked in scathing tones.
K’nad gave him a confused look and was about to answer when J’trel nudged him, shaking his head.
“He said he wouldnt believe us, remember?” J’trel whispered to K’nad in a voice not so quiet that J’lantir didnt hear him.

  Dragonriders of Pern #20
by Todd McCaffrey
First publication: 11 Nov 2008

You’d think that the people of Pern had suffered enough plagues—but no!—the dragons must now face an infection as well. You’d also think that the people of Pern would eventually catch on and start quickly realizing whenever time travel might be a help. But no! It seems to come as a complete revelation each time.

 K’liors face grew ashen. “Fort is lucky. We dont have another Threadfall in the next three sevendays. Well probably be able to fight that,” he answered, adding a shake of his head, “but I cant say about next Fall.”
The despair that gripped the Weyrleader was palpable. Egremer looked for some words of encouragement to give him but could find none. It was K’lior who spoke next, pulling himself erect and willing a smile back on to his face.
“Well find a way, Lord Egremer,’ he declared with forced cheer. “Were dragonriders, we always find a way.” He nodded firmly and then said to Egremer, “Now, if youll excuse me . . .”
“Certainly!” Egremer replied. “Ill see you out. And dont worry about those weyrlings, if its too much bother. Having them would only save us time.”
K’lior stopped so suddenly that Egremer had to swerve to avoid bumping into him.
“Time!” K’lior shouted exultantly.

  Dragonriders of Pern #21
by Todd McCaffrey
First publication: Aug 2009

At the end of Dragonheart, Fiona took a band of merry dragons and their riders back in time to train for the next Threadfall. Now it is time for their return, but even with their addition, there are not enough dragons to fight the fall.

 “Because there wasnt time,” Fiona said. He glared at her. “I had just enough time to realize that I would have to time it myself, not enough time to explain.” 


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