Anne McCaffrey of The Dragonriders of Pern fame passed away almost a month ago. I was very sorry to hear it, although I'm not very familiar with her work. I will always remember the Pern books as the first stories I read that started out medieval/fantasy style and turned out to be post-industrial space colonies (see Dragonflight and Dragonsdawn--the only two Pern books I've read).
But I read these books long ago, and I have a question for McCaffrey fans. I loved Dragonsdawn, but my memory of Dragonflight involves a flaw that really bugged me. Dragonriders have lived on Pern for thousands of years at this point, presumably. And they travel to distant places by visualizing them and going "between." But somehow no one has ever accidentally traveled through time until Lessa did? And she did it by picturing her target place as she remembered it? No one else ever did that before? Then what were they picturing?
Can someone who's read this book more recently, and/or who loves it and knows it well, tell me whether this is as far fetched as it seems to me? Am I remembering it wrong? Is it addressed in the story? Am I the only one who noticed this? I'd appreciate it, because I'm very tempted to read some of these books, but just the memory of that is bugging the heck out of me.
Thank you for your time and attention.