From the ice fields to the Warmside, the sprite Sweetnettle needs all his courage. Continue reading The Good Sprite: Sweetnettle
The human’s smelly, noisy car was awful. Tepunia’s hackles rose and she was desperate to escape. Their box door would not open, no matter how many times she scratched it. She sniffed the floor but found no openings. How could … Continue reading A New ZooCatron – Chapter 19: What’s a Pet?
My ship is orbiting this hostile world. Its passengers need a new home and finding that home is my job. Look at me now. I’m letting everyone down. Continue reading A New ZooCatron – Chapter 18: No Time to Rest
[Captain Tepunia and Lieutenant Shvaart, alien cats and refugees from a dying planet, find endless challenges on Earth.] Whatever powered the truck, its noises overwhelmed Tepunia’s senses. Growling, coughing, and spewing a noxious cloud of gases, the truck surely was … Continue reading A New ZooCatron – Chapter Seventeen: It’s Always Something.
As she circled around it, a piercing hoot-hoot made her ears stand up; the fierce caterwaul that followed brought her to a standstill, tail bushing out and back arching. Tepunia’s mind-speech called to Shvaart again and again but she heard nothing in return. Continue reading A New ZooCatron – Chapter Sixteen: The Worst Case Scenario
Loud chattering erupted when Tepunia and Shvaart landed on the limb of a tree far from their starting point. On a branch overhead sat a plump, furry creature with a bushy tail as long as its body. It raced back … Continue reading A New ZooCatron – Chapter Fifteen: Squirrely
No one would track them now. Tepunia and Shvaart nearly flew through the rows of dried corn until they reached the edge of the field and a line of gigantic plants that seemed to touch the sky. Continue reading A New ZooCatron – Chapter Fourteen: Treed
Again “my BROTHER?” Tepunia twitched with annoyance. She was sure with all this attention Shvaart was going to forget the dangers they faced. “Lieutenant, exit the pail. Clean yourself. Act with dignity despite being, well, out of uniform.” Continue reading A New ZooCatron – Chapter Thirteen: Indecision
Having read Ken Liu’s PAPER MENAGERIE, a collection of his short stories, plus his bio and credits, I felt I’d had the good fortune to ‘stumble’ upon an excellent writer and translator whose work gave me a new perspective on … Continue reading INVISIBLE PLANETS – Ken Liu, editor and translator
With a mix of disgust and shame, Tepunia saw that every last bit of his suit was gone. He was altogether naked! Continue reading A New ZooCatron – Chapter Twelve: The Hayloft