Cara Bristol’s note: Being one of the co-authors of Pets in Space, I had the privilege of reading it in advance. I loved Veronica’s story Star Cruise: Stowaway and found her pets lovable and easy to relate to.
By Veronica Scott
When I think of pets in space, one who comes to mind immediately is Muffit, the ‘daggit’ from the original “Battlestar Galactica” series. I thought I’d write about her for this post, since she also reminds me a little bit of your cyborg universe.
In the plot, the original Muffit was a daggit belonging to the little boy Boxey. The pet was unfortunately killed during the Cylon attack in the early part of the show. Boxey was of course inconsolable at having lost his pet, so as the fleet of survivors escapes from Cylon-controlled space, Captain Apollo persuades one of the scientists to make a robotic daggit. Boxey is then tasked with training the robot, which of course makes him happy and that makes his mother – who Apollo has fallen in love with – equally happy. Famous visual special effects wizard John Dykstra created the Muffit costume, which had tiny motors to move the mouth and spin the ears, while the tail was mounted on a spring. A chimpanzee wore the suit, so robot daggits were curiously reminiscent of monkeys in that old show LOL.
I included Moby the cat and Midorri the six legged alien pet in my story for the PETS anthology because I found those more relatable than a robot pet but that’s just me. Not saying if someone gave me a robot pet, I wouldn’t take care of it! But I liked the idea of humans continuing to need warm blooded, furry animal companionship, especially in the cold of outer space.
The blurb for Pets In Space:
Join the adventure as nine pet loving sci-fi romance authors take you out of this world and pull you into their action-packed stories filled with suspense, laughter, and romance. The alien pets have an agenda that will capture the hearts of those they touch. Follow along as they work side by side to help stop a genetically-engineered creature from destroying the Earth to finding a lost dragon; life is never the same after their pets decide to get involved. Can the animals win the day or will the stars shine just a little less brightly?
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And the blurb for Star Cruise: Stowaway:
Cargo Master Owen Embersson is shocked when the Nebula Zephyr’s ship’s cat and her alien sidekick, Midorri, alert him to the presence of a stowaway. He has no idea of the dangerous complications to come – nor does he anticipate falling hard for the woman whose life he now holds in his hands. Life aboard the Nebula Zephyr has just become more interesting – and deadly.
A quick excerpt from the story – Owen has gone to sickbay to talk to the stowaway as she receives medical care, and find the pets are keeping her company.
Midorri chirruped and slithered to the floor, going to the portal, where she scratched at the door with two of her six feet.
Owen rose to let her out.
Moby promptly entered, jumping to the bed and rubbing Tyrelle’s face, arching her spine and purring loudly.
“When one leaves, the other arrives. You’re the keeper of the animals?” she asked.
“Moby’s mine. I rescued her from kids in a rough port town as a kitten a few years ago and brought her with me to the Zephyr. Midorri belongs to the entire ship, but she spends a lot of time in the cargo bay, with Moby, hunting vermin.” He sat, trapped in the small chair. “The Zephyr’s not infested or anything, we run a tight ship, but there’s always a few space rats.” I can’t believe I’m talking to this beautiful woman about rats.
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Best Selling Science Fiction & Paranormal Romance author and “SciFi Encounters” columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog, Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.
Three time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances! She recently was honored to read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “City On the Edge of Forever.”