Dragonflight – Anne McCaffrey

Pern #1 The rightful heir to Ruatha Hold, hiding in plain sight from its tyrannical conqueror, is friends only with the Hold’s small, dragon-like watch-wher. When true dragons and their riders appear unexpectedly, she seizes the moment to try to win back her heritage, and finds something else entirely. 4 …

Irontown Blues – John Varley

Eight Worlds #0 On the moon, a hard-boiled detective and his dog are hired to find justice for a mysterious woman nefariously infected with a virus. Naturally, they find more than they anticipated. 3 stars In brief: Effective time filler, but a story that will vanish from memory almost immediately.