I’ve opened up the page on Pern Home where you can add any condolences or memories you’d like.
Home. My brilliant and marvelous best mate, Geoff Hilton, said to me after it was all over, “What’s next?” I’ve got to say, the thought had already occurred to me. Certainly not to sit in some corner, moping (although today is officially my day of moping). But if Mum wrote her brilliant story “The Ship Who Sang” as her way of coping with her father’s death, then — okay, what is next?
My apologies all, when I went to Ireland last Monday it was in such haste that I didn’t realize I was missing the passwords to my site and Mum’s site.
I shall post more shortly but I’m literally just back from an 11 hour intercontinental flight and quite exhausted.
Our next (and, sadly, last) collaboration, Sky Dragons, is with the publisher. According to Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble, the publication date appears to be June 26, 2012.
For those of you in the UK, the hardcover, according to amazon.co.uk, is due out a bit earlier – 26 May 2012.
There, on an unexplored island, a group of dragonriders led by Xhinna, a brave young woman who rides the blue dragon Tazith, must battle lethal Merows and voracious tunnel-snakes to build a safe home for themselves and the dragons, whose offspring will one day—if they survive—replenish Pern’s decimated dragon population. But as the first female rider of a blue dragon, and the first female Weyrleader in the history of Pern, Xhinna faces an uphill battle in winning the respect and loyalty of her peers . . . especially after an unforeseen tragedy leaves the struggling colony reeling from a shattering loss.
Amid the grieving, one girl, Jirana, blessed—or cursed—with the ability to foresee potential futures, will help Xhinna find a way forward. The answer lies in time . . . or, rather, in timing it: the awesome ability of the dragons to travel through time itself. But that power comes with risks, and by venturing further into the past, Xhinna may be jeopardizing the very future she has sworn to save.