Catfantastic Author:Andre Norton (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg (Editor) A PURR-FECT SPELL... — They prowl our homes, lords of all they survey. They gaze intently at seemingly empty space, spying on things no human is equipped to see. They choose their friends with care, and once they have chosen, their loyalty is unswerving. This volume of original stories is for all the cat friends upon whom those furry felines have... more » worked their special magic; a unique collection of fantastical cat tales, some set in the distant future on as yet unknown worlds, some set in our own world but not quite our own dimension, some recounting what happens when beings from the ancient past and creatures out of myth collide with modern day felines. So pad along this paw print covered pathway to such fur-raising adventures as those of a noble Siamese out to defend its young mistress from evil, a bioengineered tabby who proves a diplomat beyond all human expectations, a wizard's hazardous encounter with his own familiar's kittens and other imaginative escapades certain to capture the hearts of fantasy and cat lovers alike.« less
What isit about cats?!? They certainly lend themselves well to mysterious happenings. This is a collection of short stories written by some of the best names in Sci-Fi history. Each one has their own particular "spin" in the main character - the cat. Short stories are not really my favorite form, but these were all well done. There is no similiar thread winding through these.
This is an amusing collection of cat-based fantasy and science fiction short stories. If you like both cats and SF/fantasy reading, it's well worth your time.
There are a few gems in this collection. I especially enjoyed Mercedes Lackey's "Skitty", a Dick Whittington tale transferred to a sci-fi universe. (Apparently the story was quite popular since I recently discovered a slew of sequels to this story online.)