I’m halfway through Book 3 of the Space Orphan trilogy. At this point my hero/ine Jane meets the centaur-like cat people. Before she only knew them from the city they left behind 19,000 years ago inside an asteroid in the Belt. There is also a good deal about them in the two versions of the Galactic Encyclopedia which Earth has.

The idea for the cat people came from the terrific short story “Call me Joe” by classic SF writer Poul Anderson. It appeared in the April 1957 issue of Astounding Science Fiction magazine and provided the inspiration for the cover by artist Frank Kelly Freas seen below. (The issue is available through several Amazon third-party sellers.)

Other aliens similar to Earth animals were also inspirations, such as the Hoka people of SF writers Anderson and Gordon Dickson. My centaurs are not as muscular as Freas’s Joe. They are, however, just as strong and fast, being the recipients of thousands of years of genetic improvements.

You will come to know more about the cat centaurs in Book 3 of the Space Orphan trilogy.

Click image for more info on “Call Me Joe.”


About Laer Carroll

I am an aerospace software and systems engineer recently retired to become a professional writer. My genres include sci fi and fantasy, young adult, and technical books.
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