24 March 2005

The Greatest Cat Story of All Time

I knew Ellen Datlow had been working for a while to get permission to reprint a Fritz Leiber story at SciFiction, and that the owners of the rights had been extremely reluctant, but her efforts paid off, and now "Space-Time for Springers" is available for all to read.

It is a delightful and heartwrenching story, and probably the greatest cat story of all time (I say probably because I can't claim to have read every cat story ever published by anyone). Leiber succeeds, I think, in convincing us that this is really how cats think (and yes, for all you evil cat-haters out there, cats certainly do think. What mine was thinking when he scampered 25 feet into a tree the other day, I don't know, however...)

This is a story that deserves great blurbs, so here are a couple:

Neil Gaiman calls "Space-Time for Springers" a "marvellous short story ... a story that everyone who's ever tried to understand kittens should read. Harlan Ellison sent Fritz a copy of my own 'Dream of a Thousand Cats' with a note from me saying it was probably Fritz's fault."

Theodora Goss lists "Space-Time for Springers" as one of her all-time favorite fantasy stories, calling it "one of the saddest stories I know".

Before it becomes one of the saddest stories known to human or animal, it is one of the most delightful. Go forth, my frisky friends, and read!


  1. Comments rescued from a previous commenting system:

    Ellen Datlow @ 6:05PM | 2005-03-24| permalink

    It's certainly one of my favorites! :-)

    Tim Pratt @ 8:22PM | 2005-03-24| permalink

    I love that story. I tried to convince Heather to let us name one of our cats Gummitch, to no avail.

  2. That anyone would be reluctant to allow this to be published is a dark mystery like Sissy, the evil girl-child in the story. It would be a crime if this story was lost.
    Thank you for your efforts. And thank you Fritz.

  3. Personally, I loved "Spacetime for Springers." It was so gorgeous in the beginning, and hurt so badly at the end. In very few words it was a complete tragedy.