Rat and Dragon

I added a link section for Cat stories and added “The Game of Rat and Dragon” by Cordwainer Smith. It’s one of my favorite stories of all time, and I think it gives a lot of insight into the relationship between cats and cat people.

“It’s a damn shame, sending a sweet little thing like you whirling around in the coldness of nothing to hunt for Rats that are bigger and deadlier than all of us put together. You didn’t ask for this kind of fight, did you?”
For answer, she licked his hand, purred, tickled his cheek with her long fluffy tail, turned around and faced him, golden eyes shining.
For a moment, they stared at each other, man squatting, cat standing erect on her hind legs, front claws digging into his knee.  Human eyes and cat eyes looked across an immensity which no words could meet, but which affection spanned in a single glance.

 The background is a future where humanity’s ships jump between stars but are attacked in deep space by telepathic monsters that destroy the mind. Only light can destroy them, but men alone are too slow. Telepathic men and cats are smart and fast enough to get the upper hand. The men see the monsters in their mind as dragons, the cats as gigantic Rats. But its less a story about the fight as the relations between the men and women who risk to defend the helpless and with the cats that help them do so.


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2 Responses to Rat and Dragon

  1. seybernetx says:

    Love that story. In fact, I love pretty much everything Cordwainer Smith ever wrote.


    • Oldcat says:

      So do I. The worlds he describes are strange ones, almost fantastic, but on the whole they seem more real than many ‘hard’ SF authors. I think its because of his insight into people, and the rhythm of his writing that makes me think of a tale told time and time again.

      Thanks for visiting – you’re my first commenter!


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