I, Effing Feline, got some Stern but useful advice from one of you last week. When I complained about have no mice to catch, Caitlin said: “There’s always toy mice, Effing. Good practice!”
But when I crawled under the love seat to retrieve my catnip mouse, I discovered Ed the Pet Human was right: I need to lose weight. I spent half the hissing day trapped under the #*&@ couch. Ed finally saved me — but couldn’t the lazy, flea-bitten idiot have done it sooner?
Today, another selection from The Trial of Tompa Lee. Tompa’s work-shift on Space Navy Ship Vance was chosen for the first shore leave on a planet of intelligent herd creatures. Here Tompa descends to the planet in a shuttle that was actually on the drawing boards when Ed wrote the book.
Tompa’s group rode light-craft LC-407V down from the Vance’s orbit. That terrified and thrilled her at the same time.
For one thing, she’d never actually ridden in one of the fast-but-tiny shuttles she was learning to maintain. To reach the Vance’s orbit around earth, she’d taken a huge craft that held a hundred people. On that shuttle, you didn’t feel every jolt or shift of direction, you didn’t smell machinery straining, you didn’t grow heavy and sweaty as the shuttle burned through the atmosphere. Light-craft were built for speed and efficiency, not comfort.
For another thing, last month she’d replaced this very craft’s Pulsed Detonation Engine, used for atmospheric flight. Trusting life and limb to her own inexperienced work curdled her blood, in a glorious kind of way.
Effing Feline here ‘gain. Lemme tell you folksh, I am absholoootely LOVING practicing wi’ my catnip moush. Hic!
The Trilogy of Tompa Lee
The Trial of Tompa Lee is the first book in The Trilogy of Tompa Lee. Here are the sequels.
The Tribulations of Tompa Lee
Tompa Lee now serves as ambassador to the Shons’ planet and is hailed as their goddess — even though she’s paranoid about fellow humans and has a dead man living in her head. When the Klicks, mankind’s deadliest enemy, destroy the embassy, a ragtag group of Shon and human survivors expect her to save them.
PS — I’ve designed a brand new cover for Tribulations (shown at right). Check it out!
The Triumph of Tompa Lee
Because Tompa Lee forges an upstart alliance between humans, Shons, and Klicks, the Trading Council hires Earth’s most feared bounty hunter to kill her. After the hunter lures her to deserted ruins by kidnapping her fiancé and her best friend, Tompa can save her loved ones only if she finally tames the goddess — and the madness — she carries inside.