By Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey
In Catalyst, award-winning authors Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough brought readers to the beguiling Barque Cats: spacefaring tom cats who serve aboard starships as full-fledged participants of the team. hugely developed, the cats percentage a virtually telepathic bond with their minders, or Cat Persons—until, abruptly, there is not any “almost” approximately it, and a specific Barque Cat, Chester, learns to interchange innovations together with his human buddy, Jubal. different cats quickly achieve a similar skill.
Behind the seeming miracle is a mysterious cat named Pshaw-Ra, who possesses wisdom and expertise a long way past whatever the Barque Cats—or their humans—have ever visible. whilst worry of a virulent plague leads the govt first to quarantine after which to kill all animals suspected of an infection, Pshaw-Ra—with the aid of Chester, Jubal, and the staff of the starship Ranzo—activates a “mousehole” in area that contains the refugees to a spot of protection: Pshaw-Ra’s domestic planet of Mau, the place godlike cats are worshiped through human slaves.
But Pshaw-Ra’s activities are much less noble than they seem. The scheming cat plans to mate the Barque Cats along with his personal pussycat inventory, making a hybrid race of more suitable cats—a race destined to beat the universe. but correct from the beginning, his plans cross awry.
For something, there’s a brand new queen on Mau: Pshaw-Ra’s daughter Nefure, a spoiled brat—er, cat—with a mood as brief as her realization span. Pshaw-Ra’s different daughter, the rightful queen Renpet, is exiled, working for her lifestyles within the merely course on hand to her—down into the significant catacombs underneath the Mauan desolate tract. faraway from receiving the hero’s welcome he anticipated, Pshaw-Ra needs to use each piece of his significant cleverness simply to survive.
Meanwhile, as ordinary, Chester and Jubal stumble correct into the center of items, within the approach uncovering the misplaced secrets and techniques of the Mauan civilization. yet that’s no longer all they discover. within the forgotten catacombs deep less than the Mauan capital, whatever has woke up. whatever as outdated because the universe. whatever that hungers to consume all gentle and life—and that bears an timeless hatred for cats.
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Ah," he murmured, entering. 22 pistol, which he gripped as the other men moved about. The animals approached them as usual, clamoring to be fed. "Well, Barris," Luckman said, "I can see you're right. --the scrupulous covering-over of all the signs they would have otherwise left testifies to their--" He farted then, in disgust, and wandered into the kitchen to look in the refrigerator for a can of beer. " Still moving about alertly with his gun, Barris ignored him as he sought to discover telltale traces.
Fucking Barris, he thought. Great genius plans which will work out so as to screw up the universe. He probably forgot to plug the recorder into the wall outlet anyhow. Of course, if he finds it unplugged-He'll reason that proves someone was there, he realized. He'll flash on that and rap at us for days. Somebody got in who was hip to his device and cleverly unplugged it. So, he decided, if they find it unplugged I hope they think to plug it in, and not only that, make it run right. In fact, what they really should do is test out his whole detection system, run it through its cycle as thoroughly as they do their own, be absolutely certain it functions perfectly, and then wind it back to a blank state, a tablet on which nothing is inscribed but on which something would for sure be had anyone--themselves, for example--entered the house.
To loosen the lock ring and nut assembly that holds the accelerator-linkage rods together," he said, "a special tool would be needed. A couple, in fact. I'd estimate it'll take about half an hour to get this back together. " "Your toolbox is back at the house," Luckman said. " Barris nodded. "Then we'll have to get to a gas station and either borrow theirs or get their tow truck out here. " "Hey, man," Luckman said loudly, "did this happen by accident or was this done deliberately? " Barris pondered, still smiling his wily, rueful smile.