The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Strange Lands

The Year of the Cat: A Cat of Strange Lands

by Kristine Kathryn RuschDean Wesley Smith Annie Reed and others
Publication Date: 18/08/2020

Cats roam everywhere on the planet. Everywhere. Their breed names often betray their place of origin—or their strange origin story in some now-lost land.

This collection honors that feline diversity in odd ways as much as possible. And the strange lands that cats not only originate from, but find themselves in.

These cats prowl in a witch’s hut, an enchanted shop, post-apocalyptic cities such as Las Vegas and Seattle, as well as across an ancient land where they once ruled as gods.

Come settle in for a journey through the kitty-cat cosmos.


“Cat Web” by Meyari McFarland

“Burning Bright” by Leigh Saunders

“The Poop Thief” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“Cat in a Different Place” by Dean Wesley Smith

“A Silly Question” by E. Nesbit

“The Witch’s Cat” by Manly Wade Wellman

“Life, with Cats” by Annie Reed

“Night of the Hogtied Alien” by Stefon Mears

“Fur Tsunami” by Kent Patterson

Short stories
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E. Nesbit

Edith Nesbit was born in 1858. Her father died when she was only three and so her family moved all over England. Poverty was something she had known first hand, both as a child and as a young married woman with small children. Like the Railway Childrens' Mother, she was forced to try and sell her stories and poems to editors.

Her first children's book, The Treasure Seekers, was published in 1899. She also wrote Five Children and It but her most famous story is The Railway Children which was first published in 1905 and it hasn't been out of print since.

Edith Nesbit was a lady ahead of her time - she cut her hair short, which was considered a very bold move in Victorian times, and she was a founding member of a group that worked towards improvements in politics and society called The Fabian Society. She died in 1924.

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