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Published: 1962
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,548 / 48 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.9
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,773
Added to site: 2009.11.13 25792

A novice is one who is inexperienced—butthat doesn't mean incompetent. Nor does it mean stupid!

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tness which seemed featureless and without limit, spread out around her with a feeling-tone like "sea" or "sky." But it was an unquiet place. There was a sense of unseen things on all sides watching her and waiting.

Was this another form of the dark room--a trap set up in her mind? Telzey's attention did a quick shift. She was seated in the grass again; the sunlight beyond her closed eyelids seemed to shine in quietly through rose-tinted curtains. Cautiously, she let her awareness return to the bright area; and it was still there. She had a moment of excited elation. She was controlling this! And why not, she asked herself. These things were happening in her mind, after all!

She would find out what they seemed to mean; but she would be in no rush to....

An impression as if, behind her, Tick-Tock had thought, "Now I can help again!"

Then a feeling of being swept swiftly, irresistibly forwards, thrust out and down. The brightness exploded in thundering colors around her. In fright, s


Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
Paulo Respighi

When Telzey's malicious Aunt Halet suggested an off-planet vacation for the two of them--and the cat--she should have been suspicious. She didn't realize the vacation planet was the home planet of the extinct Crest Cat, and her cat was one of them. But then, there's a lot people didn't know about Crest Cats. Quite a lot.

A slowly-developing story that is baffling for a while. It reminded me of some of Andre Norton's stories. Nice characters, including the cats.


A girl suddenly begins telepathic communication with a species of fierce, catlike creatures thought to have been hunted to extinction. But they aren't extinct -- and they aren't happy. Schmitz's story is inventive and captivating, even if it does take a few paragraphs in the beginning to give the reader a sense of what's happening. Once grasped, though, it's a great little sci fi journey.

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