If you say “Here, kitty, kitty to me one more time, I will gouge out your eyes…”
What if… there was a planet on which cats evolved to technology-creating levels of intelligence and humans never got past “caveman days”?
It was the doors that got us… It was the damn doors.
What if… the physical concept of inside and outside is more important than we could have imagined?
Something was alive in the crawlspace above aft berthing, and damn it all, it was Akiko’s job to slither up there and clear it out.
What if… a stowaway cat on a spaceship turned out to be the only thing that might save your life?
“Meow,” said the synthetic cat to the girl in the cryogenic tank, sixty billion miles from Earth.
What if… the only way to save a spaceship full of humans was to forcibly convert some of them into cats?
The thing that came out of the box wasn’t a cat, it was an alien.
What if… a space liner had to deal with not only eccentric elderly residents, but an unexpected, in-flight mouse infestation?
I woke up in darkness, which, while irritating, wasn’t surprising. I woke up as a cat, which was.
What if… humanity made a very, very bad mess of First Contact… with a race of temperamental metamorphs?
Gathered in this slim volume are six excellent tales, contributed by writers ranging from Jody Lyn Nye (author of over forty novels and 120 short stories) to Beth Cato (author of The Clockwork Dagger steampunk fantasy series). As Steve Miller says in the Introduction:
“Editor Elektra Hammond–an internationally known cat show judge as well as an experienced genre editor–has pulled together stories with a range of approaches to the space-faring cat genre from ironic to serious to fun.”
If you like cats, science fiction, whimsy, and surprises, this anthology belongs in your hand and from there on your shelf.
Sample excerpt here.
Publisher: Paper Golem Press
Publication date: 2015
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