THE WHITE DRAGON
This could well be the most perfect marriage of writing and cover art in modern science fiction. Author Anne McCaffrey had already published a short story and 2 popular novels about her Dragonriders of Pern, but this would be her first hardcover. Michael Whelan had already done paintings for many authors, but this would be his first hardcover. Together they made publishing history when in 1978 THE WHITE DRAGON became the first science fiction novel to reach the New York Times' Hardcover Bestseller List!
The White Dragon
Never has there been as close a bond as the one that exists between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth is a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thinks he is a runt who will never amount to anything. But Jaxom knows better, knows he can teach his dragon to fly and destroy the deadly silver Thread that falls from the sky. Disobeying all rules, Jaxon and Ruth train in secret. Their illicit flights seem but a minor disobedience - until they find themselves in the path of danger and in a position to prevent the biggest danger of all...
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