Recently, we talked about animal uplift stories, where non-human creatures gain human-like intelligence. Well, there's a subclass of that genre: the smart cat book. Every kid goes through a cat phase, and there's no shortage of scifi books that pander to this obsession. There are cat familiars, the Kzin of Larry Niven's universe, and clans of warrior cats like those in the Warriors series. But for the best scifi cat wondrousness, combined with gritty, realistic setting, you can't beat Star Ka'at by Andre Norton and Dorothy Madlee. I think I wore a hole in that book when I was a kid, dreaming of powerful, psychic cats coming to Earth to rescue me. And this mid-70s book holds up over time.
Kinja is in read-only mode. We are working to restore service.