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"Anne McCaffrey, one of the queens of science fiction, knows exactly how to give her public what it wants" The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Open these pages and discover 14 remarkable stories of fantasy by a grand master of the genre. A wonderful writer, as well as successful and beloved by fans across the world, Anne McCaffrey has created an exciting collection of telepaths, secret gifts, dangerous missions, dragonriders, and more.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 12, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345349350
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345349354
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll at least mention all 13 stories, none of which have anything to do with Acorna, to the best of my limited knowledge of that book. McCaffrey originally intended to call *this* book _Get *Of* the Unicorn_, but she felt that the name suggested by a printing error had more pizzazz. The cover art on the current edition is from "The Smallest Dragonboy", the only Pern story in the book.
My first thought when _The Rowan_ came out, and again when I first leafed through _Freedom's Landing_: "She decided to roll those ideas out of storage after all." It's been a little surreal, wondering if I alone remembered the original short stories. :)
"Lady in the Tower" (1959) and "A Meeting of Minds" (1969) - the predecessors to _The Rowan_ and _Damia_.
"Daughter" (1971), "Dull Drums" (1973) - Nick and Nora (no, not Charles, but Fenn) are the twin children of a farmer who's obsessed with having Nick enter the family business (he couldn't care much less about his daughter, or that Nick wants to work with animals instead). Guess which twin gets the higher scholastic scores? "Daughter" is a bit predictable, but these two stories are OK, really. They're set in what would now be the near future; the academic system works differently. The vibes are a bit like the _Pegasus_ universe, to me, without the ESP.
"Changeling" - This self-described 'unusual experiment in human relationships' seems to have some gaping plot holes. Claire, living with Roy and Ellyot (who have a relationship), apparently married her husband, Chess, mostly to have children.
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Ms. McCaffrey's collection of short stories, Get Off the Unicorn, is a treasure trove of great little stories. Some of them, like Daughter, Dull Drums, and Finder's Keeper are great example of McCaffrey's skill at creating characters you love in just a handful of pages. One story that really hit home for me was called A Proper Santa Claus. It is about a very creative young boy who is very gently crushed by the adults about him into what they believe is a proper use of his talent. The end always makes me cry. I think all teachers and parents should be made to read this story!

But the coolest part of this excellent collection of short stories is that it is the source for several of her best series:
Apple -- The Talent Series
Thorns of Barevi -- The Freedom Series
Lady in the Tower -- The Rowan
A Meeting of Minds -- Damia

And there is even a Pern story, The Littlest Dragonboy and a Brainship story called Honeymoon about Helva and Niall Parollan. A great collection!
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I think that there are a large number of excellent short stories in this book, and a few duds. I enjoyed the story of 'The Littlest Dragonboy' and the tales of the psychics of various times. I would not call it a prequel to The Girl Who Heard Dragons, as that would not do this book justice. This one had much better-written stories, and was a bit more... bloodthirsty in some places. This is a good collection of short stories that should stand alone as such, and not be compared to another such collection written many years later.
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I am a HUGE fan of Anne McCaffrey's work. I've read almost everything she's had published. That's why I got this book.
I was a little disappointed though. I was expecting it to be another part of the "Pegasus" and "Rowan" series. My mistake. It's actually a collection of her earlier short stories, which was kind of nice to read. Some of those short stories went on to become full blown series. A few weren't as engaging as I have come to expect and enjoy with Anne's writing. But, it's understandable when you take into consideration that they were written very early in her career.
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First off: Anne McCaffrey is my (late) mother, so I'm biased.

That said, this includes "The Smallest Dragonboy" which has started so many people on their journey to Pern and the dragonriders.

It also includes "The Lady in the Tower" and "Damia" which, at the time, were only short stories and in her introduction, Mum laments that she'd done nothing with them (they have since gone on to become "The Rowan" and "Damia" and the start of the 5-book "The Tower and the Hive" series).

It also includes "The Thorns of Barevi" which was later expanded into the mavelous "Freedom" series.

Some stories did not later inspire novels, including the marvelous and sweet "A Proper Santa Claus" and the rather humerous "Horse from a Different Sea."

If you want to dip your literary finger into Anne McCaffrey, this represents a smorgasbord of her abilities.

If you're familiar with her works this is a great collection on which to test for more stories.

As a Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee and a Nebula Grandmaster, this is a collection which gives a sense of the sea change in science fiction that introduced strong women characters and stories that were as much of the heart as of the mind.
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