May 082016
 

I have a question. It may seem silly, but here goes. I am wondering why three of the Pern series books can’t be found electronically. Dragonsong, Dragondrums and Dragonsinger. It seems frivolous to ask but I LOVE this series. Your mother got me into sci-if/fantasy and I have never left. I already own physical copies of all of her (and your) books for Pern, but as a voracious reader and re-reader, I need most of my books electronically as well. Is there any chance for that trio of books to become ebooks anytime soon? Thanks so much!


Dear Jesse,

The answer, sadly, is contracts.

The original contracts were signed waayyyy before eBooks were ever even a twinkling in someone’s eyes.

The problem now is sorting out the various contracting agencies and such to get a new agreement in place.

It’s been a question I get a lot and always gets a long, resigned sigh from me.

I wish that it would get fixed soon — but wishes aren’t enough.

Sincerely,

Todd

 Posted by at 11:39
Apr 232016
 

just finished rereading the Crystal Singer series again, for the umpteenth time………….wondering there are any plans on expanding and exploring further experiences with Jewel Junk? I would be fascinated to read that book!


Terri,

Mum seemed to feel that she was done with the Crystal Singer series.

It’s possible that myself or my sister might want to revisit it at some point but I don’t see it any time soon.

Cheers,

Todd

 Posted by at 22:53
Apr 032016
 

Hi

I was wondering if you will be writing more pern books?? I’ve read sky dragons and would love to read some more 🙂

Thank you

Tara


Hi Tara,

Yup, I plan to!

However, between Mum and myself, we’ve written eight books on Pern either in collaboration or with me writing solo.

Just before she passed away, we decided it would be a good idea to take a break.

Mum’s Will provides for two people to write on Pern: me and my sister.

We figured it was time to give her a shot and she’s busy working on her first Pern novel.

She’s under no pressure: she just has to write a best-selling novel that will please all fans. (Nope, no pressure at all!)

In the meantime I’ve got two more novels coming out from WordFire Press, both not on Pern — City of Angels and The Jupiter Game.

If you’re desperate for “a hit” of dragons, I’ve got a short story in Women In Practical Armor with a shape-shifting dragon which explains dragon rage and gold hording — questions you always wanted answered, didn’t you? 🙂

I’ve also got not just one but two short stories in the charity anthology, One Horn to Rule Them All: A Purple Unicorn anthology, dealing with Elves and changelings.

I hope that helps!

Cheers,

Todd

 Posted by at 15:03
Apr 032016
 

Hello Todd! I recently joined a role play site for Dragonriders of Pern. I can’t say I’m fond of the changes they’re making. This Pern-world RP that seems to have cropped up choses the most RANDOM things to stay canon to then changes everything else. I’ve struggled non-stop to find something in the books or wikis or anywhere else that states that dragons, watch-whers, and lizards have spikes running from the tops of their heads to the ends of their tails and never have. Yet they insist that they have them. Which makes little sense to me because the saddle would sit on them and hurt the dragon – as well as if the rider were to be thrown, impale them. The only knobs I know of them having are the two giraffe-like ones atop their head. The person running this has created two new races – which I think is also as silly as having crimson, purple, silver, and pink dragons, but who am I to judge. However, outside of her “gryphon” race – they all have enormous spikes jutting off them like you see on the Game of Thrones dragons or the Ridgeback from Harry Potter. I guess what I’m looking for is – what are these “knobs” and “ridges” she keeps going on about? In my mind they have nearly smooth hides save the protuberances on their heads and perhaps a “ridge” along their backs similar to that of what the back of an elephant may look like because they have pronounced spines. I hope you can answer this – I like to be as accurate as possible to the world – and am a bit of a nitpicker.. it’s bad it really is.


Hi Panda,

I’m sorry you’re not liking your situation with the particular role-playing site you’ve found.

I’ve learned a long time ago: “Don’t meddle in the affairs of fans for they are subtle and quick to anger.” (Just a slight re-phrasing of Prof. Tolkien’s excellent advice.)

It’s my understanding that there are plenty of other fan-run RPGs, MUSHes, and MOOs wandering around out there.

If this one is too much annoyance for you, I imagine you’ll have no trouble finding one that works better.

— Todd

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