I have long been a fan of Anne McCaffrey’s books, and did actually write a little fan poem about one element of the Pern series. For non-Pern readers, sorry, I’ll explain at the bottom. For everyone, enjoy!
Fire LizardsWings like glass, Lightning fast, Flitting through the sky. Scolding golden queen, Noble bronzes, Darting to between. Browns and blues, Gossiping greens, In all the dragon hues. In the weyr, Or in sea caves, They swiftly disappear.
As promised, the explanation. In short, humans set out to colonise a very distant planet they named Pern. One of the indiginous species was a flight-capable winged lizard (fire lizard), which was able to produce a flame as a result of eating a phosphene bearing rock. Due to the random orbit of another planetary body, space debris consisting of a mychorzia spore was (and would be at regular intervals) dragged close enough to Pern for Pern’s gravity to pull it towards the surface, where atmospheric entry caused the lifeform to activate. This lifeform consumed all carbon based life it touched before collapsing on itself. Fire killed it, so the genetic scientist in the colony developed a large form of the fire lizard which humans could direct to burn the mychorzia in the air before it was able to consume anything, these larger versions became known as dragons for their mythical resemblance. Both species came in the five colours mentioned. A weyr was the home of the dragons and their riders. Between is the name given to the space occupied as fire lizards/dragons teleport between points. The whole series is a brilliant example of the development of a society, although I add this caveat – it is a bit ‘adult’ at times, but some books in the series are now studied in schools.