Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern

Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern is a 1983 fantasy novel by Anne McCaffrey set in the near-legendary past of Pern. It was the first Dragonrider book that told stories from a different era in Pernese history.

It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1984.

Plot introduction

The story involves a deadly disease that nearly wipes out the Pernese population. Moreta is a weyrwoman at Fort Weyr who sets out to save the human population, racing against time itself. The follow-up novel, Nerilka's Story, tells the tale of the same event, from a different perspective.


This novel addresses the threat of a global influenza pandemic, similar to the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 and especially shows how the public, government, and scientific community react as the pandemic unfolds.

It addresses such issues as quarantine, public response to emergency restrictions on travel and assembly, and also describes how modern forms of transportation, especially air travel, can spread a disease worldwide during its incubation period, allowing the disease to spread far more widely before pathologists are able to recognize the magnitude of the outbreak.

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