I, Effing Feline, talked about my least favorite music last week, but I never got around to sharing my favorites. I don’t have many, and I’m sure you can understand why. Most songs are about people not cats, which is ridiculous, and to make matters worse, music playback devices are all designed for human hands, not cat’s paws.
I greatly prefer heroic song about felines like The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Just the other night I yowled it five times through while thinking of the Siamese down the lane, and I did a marvelous job of it.
Today, another selection from Constellation XXI, which will be released this year, though the publisher has not yet set a date. Sienna Dukelsky pilots a tugship in charge of guiding incoming freighters to a safe docking at Farflung Space Station — but her brand-new ship has suddenly lost all power, even backup power. From there, we segue back to events leading to the power failure.
P.S. There’s no tyrannosaur in the mess hall. Sienna used the tyrannosaur metaphor in last week’s snippet because her long-lost first lover (whom she’d betrayed to the authorities years ago) awaits in the mess hall.
Earlier that morning…
Sienna’s big day had finally arrived. Excitement fizzed like champagne through her veins, but she ruthlessly popped every little bubble.
“Step thirty-eight of Monitoring Hyperspace for Incoming Ships,” she said in the cool, forceful tone of a spaceship captain rather than her real voice, which was too gentle, too feminine, too darned nice. She coughed, cleared a salty taste from her throat, and continued: “Upon reaching alpha position, turn on gravitational-wave sensors.”
No one answered, of course. She was alone on the DA387 for the first time.
She thought a sequence of colors to enter command mode. She would’ve preferred flipping switches with gratifying clicks, but DA387 was a Thought Ship, with a limited array of manual controls. It had been delivered only two months ago with every bell and whistle, costs be damned.
Effing Feline here again. What are your favorite songs about cats?
The Repelling the Invasion series
The space pirates think they succeeded in invading Farflung Space Station — but they didn’t count on Sandrina. The attractive young waif has discovered so many of Farflung’s secrets that she’s the most powerful person on the station … though nobody knows it yet.
They’re about to find out.
Catt Sayer just wants to survive. The working-class fugitive delivers military supplies on a decrepit airship, but her hard-won livelihood vanishes when invaders overrun her harsh moon. Even worse, an idealistic, upper-class officer wants her to risk her life on a hopeless trek to attack enemy headquarters – manned by 10,000 soldiers!
The African Queen in outer space
And coming soon … Constellation XXI
Sienna Dukelsky’s unglamorous job is to guide incoming freighters to a safe docking at Farflung Space Station. But when aliens with a startling secret seize control of her tugship, Sienna’s job suddenly becomes the most important in the entire galaxy.