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 staff. hugely advanced, the cats proportion a nearly telepathic bond with their minders, or Cat Persons—until, without notice, there's no “almost” approximately it, and a specific Barque Cat, Chester, learns to replace strategies together with his human buddy, Jubal. different cats quickly achieve an analogous skill.
Behind the seeming miracle is a mysterious cat named Pshaw-Ra, who possesses wisdom and expertise a long way past something the Barque Cats—or their humans—have ever visible. while 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 incorporates the refugees to a spot of defense: Pshaw-Ra’s domestic planet of Mau, the place godlike cats are worshiped by means of 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 tom cat inventory, making a hybrid race of stronger cats—a race destined to overcome the universe. but correct from the beginning, his plans pass 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, working for her lifestyles within the simply path on hand to her—down into the huge catacombs underneath the Mauan barren region. faraway from receiving the hero’s welcome he anticipated, Pshaw-Ra needs to use every piece of his massive cleverness simply to survive.
Meanwhile, as traditional, Chester and Jubal stumble correct into the center of items, within the procedure 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.