I remember the incident – venturing out of the little kids’ section of Whittier Public Library into the real kids’ section, where they had books with chapters and stuff in them. I picked a book out of the shelf that looked interesting. It had a crinkly plastic jacket and there was a dragon on the cover. Dragonsong. That sounded cool.
And so I was introduced to the world of Pern. The story was about Menolly, who wanted to be a dragonsinger even though her freehold wouldn’t let her, but I confess I don’t remember much about the plot. That world! That creepy-ass Threadfall. Those dragons who could teleport Between. And the dragonriders who could telepathically communicate with them and keep the world safe.
Anne McCaffrey, you introduced me to fantasy novels.