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Future humanity has found the secret of faster-than-light travel, but it comes with great dangers. To minimize these dangers, man can pilot ships through the up-and-out with cats as their partners. Underhill shares his mind with his cat-partner, the Lady May, and must travel to the terrible open places between the stars. Only by working together can they defend themselves and the ship's passengers against the dragons in the emptiness of space.
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How to meet the love of your life

I heard plot of this short story described in the Great Courses’ “How Science Fiction Works” and just had to read it.

I found it much better than the average sci-fi short story. I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, so I’ll just say it’s a great golden-era sci-fi story with a likeable main character, very cool concepts, and a neat ending.

I recommend it to fans of sci-fi and short stories.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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What a future!

I fall in love with authors who surprise me on the last page--or in this case the last paragraph. I will be searching for more.

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Narration is fine. Story is terrible.

Would you try another book from Cordwainer Smith and/or Matthew Wayne Selznick?

This book made me much less likely to read anything by Cordwainer Smith again.

Would you ever listen to anything by Cordwainer Smith again?

Perhaps only if I can be assured that it far exceeds this pathetic story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that I wasted my life listening to a book with such an outrageous ending.

Any additional comments?

The ending is impressively terrible, and the story has very little resolution.