A Tale of the Barque Cats

By Anne McCaffrey; Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Del Rey Books, Paperback, 9780345513793, 256pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2012


The spacefaring Barque Cats are valued members of every vessel’s crew, thanks to their special bond with humans. Then Pshaw-Ra, a mysterious cat with highly advanced knowledge, gives the felines the power of telepathy. When panic over a virulent plague drives the government to exterminate animals, Pshaw-Ra guides the cats and humans of the starship Ranzo to safety on his home planet, Mau. But Pshaw-Ra has a hidden agenda. His ultimate goal? Mate the Barque Cats with their godlike counterparts who rule on Mau and create a superior race to conquer the universe. His plans, however, may be doomed by his daughters’ battle royal to become queen, by a suspicious Barque Cat with an equally curious human friend—and by something stirring deep beneath the city with a hunger to devour all life . . . and an undying hatred for cats.

About the Author
Anne Inez McCaffrey (April 1, 1926 November 21, 2011) was an American-born Irish writer, best known for the Dragonriders of Pern science fiction series. Early in McCaffrey s forty-six-year career as a writer, she became the first woman to win a Hugo Award for fiction and the first to win a Nebula Award. Her 1978 novel "The White Dragon" became one of the first science fiction books to appear on the "New York Times" bestseller list. In 1999 she was the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, honoring her lifetime contribution to writing for teens. In 2005 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named McCaffrey its twenty-second Grand Master, an annual award to living writers of fantasy and science fiction. She was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2006.

Scarborough is the author of twenty-three science fiction and fantasy novels, including the 1989 Nebula Award winning Healer's War and the Powers series.

Praise For Catacombs

“Written with gentle humor and a genuine understanding of the feline species, this welcome addition to a new series will appeal to cat lovers and fans of McCaffrey and Scarborough.”—Library Journal

“[A] space adventure featuring super-smart cats . . . Readers of all ages will be entertained as the barque cats explore strange new worlds.”—Publishers Weekly
“The cats and their observations of humans are hilarious.”—SF Crowsnest