Have you ever wondered whether cats come from a different world entirely? Like, maybe they’ve been sent her to observe us? Have you ever looked into a cat’s eyes and wondered just what they might be thinking?

We spend a lot of time here at WMG contemplating the nature of cats. Some of that contemplation is of our own cats.

My daughter, Nola, and I have a game she loves to play where I voice our cats’ thoughts. They are loving and demanding and sometimes rather wish we’d figure out what they want and just do it already!

On the work front, we explore the nature of cats through fiction. Most notably, our Year of the Cat project, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. And our fourth volume in that series, A Cat of Strange Lands, is now out.

Here’s the synopsis:

Cats roam everywhere on the planet. Everywhere. Their breed names often betray their place of origin—or their strange origin story in some now-lost land.

This collection honors that feline diversity in odd ways as much as possible. And the strange lands that cats not only originate from, but find themselves in.

These cats prowl in a witch’s hut, an enchanted shop, post-apocalyptic cities such as Las Vegas and Seattle, as well as across an ancient land where they once ruled as gods.

Come settle in for a journey through the kitty-cat cosmos.

“Cat Web” by Meyari McFarland
“Burning Bright” by Leigh Saunders
“The Poop Thief” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Cat in a Different Place” by Dean Wesley Smith
“A Silly Question” by E. Nesbit
“The Witch’s Cat” by Manly Wade Wellman
“Life, with Cats” by Annie Reed
“Night of the Hogtied Alien” by Stefon Mears
“Fur Tsunami” by Kent Patterson

You can find out more about A Cat of Strange Lands here.

And while you’re reading it, take a look at your cats’ eyes. See if you can figure out if they approve of your taste in fiction. I’ll bet they’ll give you a look of aloof approval.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.

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