~ A Short Story by Andre Norton
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Cargo Master Grospar purchases an engraved box from a dealer at the fair. The box was said to be found hooked to the belt of a floater trapped in an asteroid belt. Unbeknown to Grospar the box contained some major trouble for him and his shipmates.
Bibliography of English Editions ~
- A Constellation of Cats (2001) Edited by Denise Little, Published by DAW, PB, 0-756-40016-3, No.1204, $6.99, 320pg ~ cover by Mark Hess ~ 13 original tales of fascinating felines and the humans they have marked for their own....
Write-up from the back of paperback ~
From those regal beauties with inpeccable pedigrees to the scruffy scavengers who sometimes prove the most noble of all, cats have staled their claims to virtually all territories containing humans as well as many where humans wouldn't even dream of venturing. They amuse us, fascinate us, protect us, and offer the companionship of equals to those they find deserving. Those of us who've fallen to their magic spell couldn't dream of living without them.
Now some of fantasy's finest tale-spinners have once again risen to the challenge, creating cat adventures and legends sure to captivate anyone who's ever had their home and heart taken over by a cat. Here are tales of such brave defenders as: the astrologer's familiar who made prophecy come true when a evil lord threatened all he held near and dear; a spaceship's feline protector who alone stood a chance when matched against a life-form inadvertently released aboard the ship by her human; a guardian called up by the request of ten thousand cats to defend Egypt from seemingly unstoppable foes; and a modern-day feline ready to brave any trail for the woman she'd chosen as her own...
1 • Introduction (A Constellation of Cats) • essay by Denise Little
5 • The Stargazer's Familiar • shortstory by Mary Jo Putney
17 • Three-Inch Trouble • novelette by Andre Norton
39 • Purr Power • novelette by Jody Lynn Nye
62 • Star • novelette by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
88 • Under the Sign of the Fish • shortstory by Karen Haber
105 • Every Life Should Have Nine Cats • novelette by Mickey Zucker Reichert
131 • Once, We Were Worshiped • novelette by Diane A. S. Stuckart
162 • Praxis • shortstory by Janet Pack
182 • Death Song • shortstory by Bill McCay
200 • A Light in the Darkness • novelette by Pamela Luzier
221 • Mu Mao and the Court Oracle • novelette by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
243 • Star Song • novelette by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
271 • Ecliptic • novelette by Von Jocks
- Tales From High Hallack: Volume 3(2014) Published by Premier Digital Publishing, DM & TP, 1-624-67189-6, $22.95, 450pg ~ cover by Kib Prestridge
- Cats and More Cats (2016) Edited by Fred Patten, Published by FurPlanet Productions, 978-1-61450-297-5, $19.95, 262pg
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