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 contributors of the team. hugely advanced, the cats proportion a virtually telepathic bond with their minders, or Cat Persons—until, unexpectedly, there's no “almost” approximately it, and a specific Barque Cat, Chester, learns to interchange techniques together with his human pal, 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 obvious. 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 workforce of the starship Ranzo—activates a “mousehole” in area that contains the refugees to a spot of security: Pshaw-Ra’s domestic planet of Mau, the place godlike cats are worshiped by way of human slaves.
But Pshaw-Ra’s activities are much less noble than they seem. The scheming cat plans to mate the Barque Cats together with his personal tom cat inventory, making a hybrid race of improved 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 cognizance span. Pshaw-Ra’s different daughter, the rightful queen Renpet, is exiled, operating for her lifestyles within the in basic terms course to be had to her—down into the gigantic catacombs underneath the Mauan desolate tract. faraway from receiving the hero’s welcome he anticipated, Pshaw-Ra needs to use each piece of his massive cleverness simply to survive.
Meanwhile, as traditional, 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 now not all they discover. within the forgotten catacombs deep less than the Mauan capital, whatever has woke up. whatever as previous because the universe. whatever that hungers to consume all gentle and life—and that bears an timeless hatred for cats.
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A few books referred to her; she was said to be the deified daughter of a Mayan nobleman. So they said. I have found books to be completely unreliable when it comes to identifying the shadows that I meet in the ruins. With half-closed eyes, I leaned my head against the stone behind me and watched her go. A modern psychiatrist—that shaman sans rattle and incense—would say that Zuhuy-kak was wish fulfillment and hallucination, brought on by stress, spicy food, aguardiente. If pressed, he might say, with waving of hands, that Zuhuy-kak—and the less talkative shadows that haunt me—are aspects of 38 myself.
I did not know what to say. Shadows do not talk to me. “I stopped to rest,” I said carefully. ” She was a shape in the darkness, no more than that. I could make out no details. She laughed, a soft low sound like water pouring from a jug. “Peace is not so easy to find. ” 35 “I know this place,” I said sharply, resenting this shadow for claiming I did not know a place that I considered my own. ” She stood motionless for a moment, her head cocked a little to one side. “So you think you belong here, shadow?
The liquor did not stop the noise in my head, but the buzz of the alcohol helped drown out the nagging voices that told me about how badly I was behaving, about how ashamed my father would be to see me. I turned on the television and idly flipped from station to station, never lingering beyond the first commercial, until only one station remained on the air, playing old movies until dawn. I sat in my father’s easy chair and watched a pretty blond actress argue with a craggy-faced man. I knew, without seeing the rest of the movie, that the argument would come to nothing.
Catacombs (Tales of the Barque Cats, Book 2) by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough, Anne McCaffrey