Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Guest Blog: Vijaya Schartz: Do Cats Belong in Space?
I wasn’t aware that I had cats in my novels, until someone pointed it out to me. Then I realized that my love of cats transpired into almost everything I wrote. Is “cats in spaceships” a new concept? Certainly not. Think of early explorers on ocean-going ships. They all carried cats onboard. Coincidence? Not at all. They needed the cats, not only for companionship, but to keep in check the rat population. Since spaceships also carry food supplies and land in spaceports and space stations, rodents are a constant threat. Especially since they also have a propensity to chew everything, including bulkhead and wiring. Not a good thing on any kind of ship.
Other sci-fi authors featured cats on spaceships. The queen of sci-fi romance, Linnea Sinclair, in her Dock Five series, calls them furzels. And her furzels have special abilities, like protecting their owners, communicating with each other, and disappearing from one place to reappear in another... regardless of closed doors. Sometimes I wonder if my house cats do that, too. She has entire scenes written in the darling furzels’ point of view.
In AKIRA’S CHOICE, my latest Borealis series novella, released in September 2013, the heroine is a samurai bounty hunter who chases fugitives with her enhanced cheetah, Freckles, a certified fugitive retriever. The cheetah is not just a prop. The felines in my books are full-fledged characters, and most of the time they play an important role in the story. They are not furries (furry people who look like animals and walk on two legs). To my knowledge, cats do not talk (at least not with their mouth) nor do they behave like people, although I suspect most cats have the power to influence our minds. It’s certainly true for my cats. They make me do unthinkable things for them... like open a can of tuna at 3 AM. That’s cat power.
Since I cannot imagine life without cats, and people in the future live in space, I imagine they would take their cats everywhere. If you stop by my website and you love cats, visit my cat page and meet my kitties. There is also an illustrated list of all the cats in my books.
BLURB: BOREALIS IX: AKIRA’S CHOICE
When bounty hunter Akira Karyudo accepted her assignment, something didn't add up. Why would the TPP want a kidnapped orphan dead or alive?
She will get to the truth once she finds the boy, and the no good SOB who snatched him from a psychiatric hospital. With her cheetah, Freckles, a genetically enhanced feline retriever, Akira sets out to flush them out of the bowels of the BOREALIS space station. But when she finds her fugitives, the kidnapper is not what she expects.
Markku, a decorated rebel soldier, stole his nephew from the authorities, who performed painful experiments on the boy. Stuck on Borealis, he protects the child, but how can he shield him from the horribly dangerous conditions in the lawless sublevels of the decrepit space station?
Akira faces the worst moral dilemma of her career. Law or justice, duty or love. She can't have it both ways.
Born in France, award-winning author Vijaya Schartz never conformed to anything and could never refuse a challenge. She likes action and exotic settings, in life and on the page. She traveled the world and claims to also travel through time, as she writes without boundaries about the future and the far away past. Her love of cats transpires in most of her books. Her stories collected many five star reviews and literary awards. She makes you believe you actually lived these extraordinary adventures among her characters. Reviewers compared her stories to Indiana Jones with sizzling romance, and she takes that as a compliment, anytime. Visit her website at: http://www.vijayaschartz.com
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Posted by Marianne Stephens at 12:01 AM