Literature / Petaybee

The six books of Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's Petaybee series are divided into two trilogies: Petaybee and The Twins of Petaybee. The protagonist of the first is Yanaba "Yana" Maddock, a soldier sent to the planet of Petaybee when injuries from a terrorist attack make it impossible for her to continue in the army. In the second trilogy, the central characters are Yana's children, Ronan Born for Water and Murel Monster Slayer Maddock-Shongili.

In all six books, the plot is basically the same: the planet must be protected from Intergal, an interplanetary company that wishes to relocate the inhabitants so it can mine for valuable minerals.

The series is not nearly as well known as the McCaffrey Dragonriders of Pern books, but is often considered to be of greater quality, as a whole.

Books in this series:

  • Powers That Be (1993)
  • Power Lines (1994)
  • Power Play (1995)
  • Changelings (2005)
  • Maelstrom (2006)
  • Deluge (2008)

This series contains examples of:

  • Selkies and Wereseals: The series employs the selkie myth in a futuristic setting. The Shongili family uses genetic engineering to create a selkie (Sean). Sean's kids are natural-born selkies as well. There's a hint from Sean that his grandmother was a selkie. He says she "taught him how to swim", with a significant wink at Yana.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Petaybee changes those who live on it. And past a certain age (early adulthood), those changes mean painful death for anyone who's off-planet for as little as a couple of days.
  • Unfortunate Names: The cult that raised 'Cita gave all of its girls humiliating names, until they "came of age." (Read: became old enough to join the leader's harem). 'Cita's name was "Goat-Dung."