~ 1st Novel in the Dipple Series by Andre Norton


Synopsis ~

From an old write-up ~

Far, far into mankind's future, when humankind has spread out into the stars from the original planet of Terra and encountered other races...Young Troy Horan is a refugee/displaced person due to war, living the shadow life of an unwanted, non-citizen in the Dipple camp. His world and past life has gone forever and he has no future. The elite and powerbrokers of the galaxy, gathered on the pleasure planet of Korwar, prefer to ignore the unpleasant truth of the Dipple under their noses. One day, Troy has the unbelievable luck to secure some temporary day work in a luxury pet shop. While there, he stumbles on a mystery that could cost him his life, and he goes on the run with the special sentient luxury pets he has discovered he can communicate with in the pet-shop. Who can Troy trust? He and his Terran animal friends hold a dangerous secret, and various interested and powerful parties now set off in pursuit of Troy and his friends as they escape into the highly protected nature wilderness that comprises most of Korwar, and finally into the mysterious, forbidden and sealed ruins of a previous race which existed on Korwar. The ruins are officially sealed for a reason ~ can the escapees survive their pursuers and what lurks within?


Write up from the front flap of 1961 HC ~

Deported from his own planet in a galactic war, Troy Horan was permitted to hire out only as a daily laborer on Korwar, where he had been relocated. Temporary work in a pet shop that imported all sorts of expensive animals from other planets led Troy to a realization that with certain animals, he could hold wordless communication. Why were these animals being brought to Korwar? Who or what was the controlling agent that they seemed to fear and Hate? The night on which the pet-shop owner was killed, a few of the pieces in the puzzle fell into place - but only a few. The plot in which the death of Kyger involved Troy, his escape to an underground "city" in the remote wilderness, and his eventual bid for freedom for himself and his animal friends make absorbing, top-flight science-fiction.
Andre Norton, recognized as one of today's leading authors in this field, has written another exciting adventure that will quickly take its place beside such earlier successes as Star Guard, The Beast Master, and Star Rangers.


Write-up from the back of the Fawcett paperback edition ~

The big cat cried, "Danger!" Troy Horan heard it with his mind, just as he had heard the fox's warning, and the Kinkajou's. He didn't understand how he could communicate with the animals or why they were contacting him. But from the moment he began work at Kyger's pet emporium on korwar he was enmeshed in a perilous intrigue... an intrigue that would leave more than one man dead, an entire government in jeopardy, an Horan himself both master and captive of the most extraordinary band of warriors his world had ever known...


Write-up from the front flap of the 1980 Gregg Press edition ~

Troy Horan, deported from his own planet and relocated on the planet Korwar, gets a job in an interplanetary pet shop and discovers — to his great surprise — that he can communicate with some of the animals. Troy learns that several of these animals are being used as secret weapons in a plot against the rulers of Korwar. Then Troy becomes a suspect In the murder of his boss, and only close cooperation between him and the animals enables him to escape and survive. Plot and counterplot ensue, as Troy and the animals with which he has established mental rapport are embroiled in mystery and peril.
This exciting tale is skillfully told, with complex plotting, mystery, and adventure. The sympathetic portrayal of Troy's telepathic relationship with the animals, the mystery of the lost civilization of Korwar, the feudal brotherhood of the Hunters who guard the Wild — all add up to a marvelous narrative of space adventure in which the author brilliantly creates a whole, finely detailed future civilization.

Write-up from the back of Ballantine Del Rey paperback edition ~

Even the harsh life of the slums of the planet Korwar had not prepared young Troy Horan for the strange goings on at Kyger's exotic pet shop. Somehow he could hear the minds of Terran animals - and their warnings of danger saved his life more than once.
Then the pet shop owner was brutally murdered, and Troy found himself in the middle of a frightening and far-reaching intrigue. With nowhere to go and no on to turn to, he ran for the wilderness in a perilous quest to save the animals and himself.


Write-ups from fans ~

Interplanetary war years ago has created thousands of Displaced Persons evacuated from their home planets.  Many such people now live in the Dipple on the pleasure planet Korwar.  Troy Horan is one of those people, displaced from his original home on Norden, where his father had been Range Master and Brand Owner, i.e. he'd had a small ranch. With his parents dead, Troy survives by taking day labor, when he can find it.  One such job takes him to Kyger's, a pet shop catering to the elite of other worlds who come to Korwar to enjoy the beauty of an unspoiled planet.  While there, he makes telepathic contact with a group of Earth animals (2 cats, 2 foxes and a kinkajou) that Kyger had imported, supposedly as pets for the rulers of other worlds who spend most of their time on Korwar.  Actually, they are his tools in a spy ring gathering intelligence to bring Earth back to prominence among the many planets.  Kyger gets killed in a separate "knife feud", and his assistant tries to kill the animals, foiled in this by Troy, who escapes to the Wild accompanied by the animals. ~ SL


Troy Horan dwells in the Dipple (a slum for people displaced by the war or other misfortune) in the city of Tikil on the pleasure planet Korwar. Three ways to better one's lot in the Dipple -- join the Thieves' Guild, sign up for risky off-planet labor or find a job in the upper city. Luck rides with Troy and he is hired to help take care of animals in an exotic pet shop. Things are looking up. Then, he gets embroiled in a scheme using Mutated telepathic Terran animals as spies. The criminals involved need a machine to communicate with the animals, but Troy has the ability to hear them with no aid. When the whole nefarious enterprise is about to be exposed, Troy is ordered to kill the animals. Instead, he rescues them and they take off for the wilderness areas to hide. Of course, he is being tracked and hunted by three different groups, each with its own agenda. Not only is day-to-day survival a priority, Troy and the animal team must figure out just whom can they trust. ~ PG


1961’s Catseye takes us to the Dipple on Korwar, a slum filled with refugees and their children, despised reminders of the pointless but vastly destructive War of Two Sectors. There are very few ways out of the Dipple and someone trapped there, someone like Troy Horan, might go to any extreme to escape.
They might even agree to work at a pet store.
Kossi Kyger’s pet emporium caters to the upper crust of Korwar, importing the sort of exotic animals from all across the known galaxy that spoiled, rich people might enjoy owning (at least until the owners are bored …. ~ JN
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KIRKUS REVIEW ~ Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1961
Once more Andre Norton whirls his reader far into space worlds of the future and adventures in inter-planetary intrigue. Young Troy Horan's home planet was razed during the recent War of the Two Sectors. Now a refugee on Korwar, his position is little more than a slave laborer until he becomes unwittingly involved in an espionage plot and is driven to a desperate escape attempt for freedom. He is aided by a bevy of humane if not human felines who communicate with him via thought transference. Matter-of-fact details and a fast-moving if somewhat murky plot are sure to absorb young science fiction fans. 


Various reviews ~ For more info and other listings see Articles Over the Years

1961 Kircus Reviews, September 01
1962 by P. Schuyler Miller in Analog Science Fact -> Science Fiction, February, reprinted in: (UK) Analog Science Fact & Science Fiction, June
1962 by Alfred Bester in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July
1962 by Leslie Flood in New Worlds #125, December
1963 by Margery Fisher in Growing Point #1, January
1963 by Sheila R. Pinnington in Vector #20
1980 by Spider Robinson in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, December
1981 by Roger C. Schlobin in Science Fiction Studies, July
2015 by James Nicoll, April, 10   Θ
2018 by Patrick T. Reardon, Jan. 08
2018 by Judith Tarr at, July 23


Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1961) Published by Harcourt Brace, HC, LCCN 61011750, $3.25, 192pg ~ cover Richard Powers {Green Cloth Boards & Spine}
  • (1962) Published by ACE, PB, # F-167, $0.40, 176pg (Complete & Unabridged) ~ illustrated by Jack Gaughan ~ # G-654 1967 $0.50 - cover by Ed Emshwiller ~ #09266 1971 $0.75 189pg, #09267 1973 $0.95 189pg, #09268 1975 $1.25 189pg - cover by John Schoenherr
  • (1962) Published by Gollancz, HC, 0-575-00525-4, 978-0-575-00525-9, £ 12s6d (150p), 192pg ~ UK printing ~ cover by Alan Breese {Blue Paper Boards & Spine} - 4th printing 1974 £1.40
  • (1967) Published by Puffin, PB, 0-140-30315-4, PS315 L, £ 4s (48p), 205pg ~ UK printing - reprinted in 1972 £0.50 and again in 1975 £0.50 - cover by Ian E. Staunton ~ Reprinted in 1987 - £1.95 - cover by Peter Andre Jones
  • (1980) Published by Fawcett, PB, 0-449-24285-4, 978-0-449-24285-8, $1.95, 224pg ~ cover by Ken Barr
  • (1980) Published by Gregg Press, HC, 0-839-82637-0, LCCN 79024271, $9.95, 192pg ~ Gregg Press Science Fiction Series of Andre Norton ~ Dust Jacket by Fred Knecht Jr, Frontmatter by Barbara Anderson {Binding: 5.625 x 8.25 - Black Cloth Boards (Publisher states the color is Dark Green) & Spine with Silver Lettering, Blue End Papers} Photographic reprint of the 1961 Harcourt edition.
  • (1984) Published by Ballantine Del Rey, PB, 0-345-31849-8, 978-0-345-31849-7, $2.25, 222pg ~ cover by Laurence Schwinger
  • (2015) Published by Open Road Media, DM, eISBN 978-1-504025-45-4, $7.99, 166pg ~ cover by Barbara Brown ~ re-released in 2017 with new cover-art by Ian Koviak
  • (2019) Published by Open Road Media, PB, 978-1-504-05820-9, $15.99, 166pg ~ cover by Ian Koviak (April)


Non-English Editions ~

  • (1983) Published in Amsterdam; by Meulenhoff, PB, 90-290-1784-8, 181pg ~ translation by David Storm ~ cover by Don Maitz ~ Dutch Title Katteoog
  • (1973) Published in Toyko, Japan; by Tokyo Sogensha, 44-886-0201-0, Series: Sōgen suiri bunko, 602-1, 247pg ~ translation by Inoue Kazuo ~ cover by Kaneko ~ Japanese title 猫と狐と洗い熊
  • (1991) Combined with "Flight to Forever" by Poul Anderson translation by Novikova ~ Published in Riga, by Rasma, no ISBN, PB, 175pg ~ "Catseye" translation by N. Bogdanova ~ Russian title Полет в навсегда. Кошачьим взглядом. [Flight to Foever]
  • (1991) Combined with "Night of Light" by Phillip José Farmer translation by Nikolayev and "Secret of the Lost Race" translation by P. Dimov ~ Published in Moscow, by Fiction, 5-280-01474-3, HC, 334pg ~ "Catseye" translation by P. Dimov ~ cover by N. Zubkov ~ Russian title Убить бога [To Kill a God]
  • (1992) Combined with "Brother Assassin" by Fred Saberhagen ~ Published in Irkutsk, by Lisna, no ISBN, HC, 352pg ~ Russian title Брат Берсеркер. Кошачьим взглядом [Brother Assassin and Catseye]
  • (1992) Combined with "Long Live Lord Kor!" and "Forerunner" ~ Published in Tashkent, by The Truth of the East, no ISBN, HC, 352pg ~ Russian title Да здравствует Лорд Кор! Кошачьим взглядом. Предтечи.
  • (1992) Combined with "Merlin's Mirror" and "Star Guard" ~ Published by Enthalpy, 5-886-02002-0, 416pg ~ Russian title Кошачьим взглядом. Звездная стража. Зеркало Мерлина
  • (1992) Combined with "Operation Time Search" and "Dark Piper" ~ Published in Chisinau, by ADA, 5-862-14010-7, HC, 446pg ~ Russian title Кошачьим взглядом [Catseye]
  • (1992) Combined with "Operation Time Search" and "Dark Piper" ~ Published in Chisinau, by ADA, 5-862-14010-7, HC, 446pg ~ Russian title Научно-фантастические романы [Science Fiction Novels]
  • (1992) Combined with "Star Guard" translation by L. Tkachuk and "The Zero Stone" translation by A. Prokofiev ~ Published in Kaliningrad by Russia's West, 5-829-43010-9, HC, 500pg ~ "Catseye" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by B. Trubin ~ Russian title Камень предтеч [The Zero Stone]
  • (1992) Combined with "The Last Planet", "Star Hunter" and "Star Guard" ~ Published in Angarsk, by Amber and Zelenograd, by Zelenogradskaya Books, 5-863-14007-0, HC, 528pg ~ Russian title Звездная стража [Star Guard]
  • (1992) Combined with "The Starcombers" by Edmond Hamilton, "Tarnsmen of Gor" by John Norman and "Reefs of Space" by Jack Williamson and Frederick Pohl ~ Published in Novosobirsk, by Vico, 5-860-59006-7, NC 481pg ~ Russian title Рифы космоса [Reefs of Space]
  • (1992) Combined with "Witch World" ~ Published in Moscow, by Cyrillic, 5-878-80016-0, PB, 272pg ~ Russian title Взглядом кошки. Колдовская планета [Catseye and Witch World]
  • (1993) Combined with "Operation Time Search", "Long Live Lord Kor!", "Mousetrap", "All Cats Are Gray", "The Long Night of Waiting" all translation by L. Deutsch, "The Gifts of Asti" translation by N. Rezanova, and "Garan the Eternal" translation by N. Khokhlova ~ Published in Niahny Novgorod, by Phlox, 5-871-98046-5, HC, 480pg ~ "Catseye" translation by L. Deutsch ~ cover by A. Tarasov ~ Russian title Долгая ночь ожидания [The Long Night of Waiting]
  • (1993) Combined with "Sargasso of Space", "Plague Ship", "Voodoo Planet", "Postmarked the Stars", "Star Hunter" and "Plague Planet" by unknown ~ Published in Yaroslavl, by Nuance, 5-741-51030-2, HC, 768pg ~ cover by N.D. Shadura ~ Russian title Саргассы в космосе [Sargasso of Space]
  • (1994) Combined with "The Last Planet", "Star Hunter" and "Star Guard" ~ Published in Moscow, by Sigma Press, 5-863-14034-8, HC, 528pg ~ cover by D. Avvakumov ~ Russian title Звездная стража [Star Guard]
  • (2001) Combined with "Night of Masks" translation by AG probes and I. Golovschikov, "Judgment on Janus" and "Victory on Janus" both translation by Oleg Kolesnikov ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-040-07031-1, HC, 480pg ~ "Catseye" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by Ogor Varavin ~ Russian title Победа на Янусе [Victory on Janus]
  • (2002) Combined with "Night of Masks" translation by AG probes and I. Golovschikov ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo, 5-699-00366-5, HC, 384pg ~ "Catseye" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by Ogor Varavin ~ Russian title Ночь масок [Night Mask]
  • (2004) Combined with "Night of Masks" translation by AG probes and I. Golovschikova, "Judgement on Janus" and "Victory on Janus" both translation by Oleg Kolesnikov ~ Published in Moscow, by Eksmo and St. Petersburg, by Donino, 5-699-07079-6, HC, 608pg ~ "Catseye" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ cover by Jim Burns ~ Russian title Космические бродяги [Space Tramp]
  • Combined with "Star Guard" translation by L. Tkachuk and "The Zero Stone" translation by A. Prokofiev ~ Pirated edition, marked as being published by "North-east", a non-existent publisher. ~ "Catseye" translation by Dmitry Arseniev ~ Russian title Камень предтеч [The Zero Stone]
  • (2014) Combined with “Storm Over Warlock”, “Ordeal in Otherwhere”, “Judgment on Janus” & “Victory on Janus”, Published in Moscow by Eksmo, 9785699760862, HC, 800pgs ~ “Storm Over Warlock” translation by Sergeeva, “Ordeal in Otherwhere” & “Catseye” translation by D. Arseniev, “Judgment on Janus” & “Victory on Janus” translation by O. Kolesnikova ~ cover art by A. Dubovik ~ series: All Norton ~ Russian title Колдовской мир [Victory on Janus]


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