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Far Fetched Fables No. 173 Sarah L. Byrne

August 29, 2017 by Gary Dowell

“Princess Cosima and the 1,000 Cats” by Sarah L. Byrne

(Originally published in Betwixt #4.)

“Provide ships or sails adapted to the heavenly breezes, and there will be some who will not fear even that void.” — Johannes Kepler, 1610

The red palace was home to a thousand cats. Or so people said. Princess Cosima, twenty, beautiful and bored, walked through the courtyards until she saw a lithe sandy female sunning itself on the flagstones. She slipped into the cat’s mind and sent it prowling across the square, scrambling up the red stone wall onto a tiled canopy and darting over the battlements above towards the nearest tower.

Sarah L. Byrne is a scientific editor and writer in London, UK. Her short speculative fiction has appeared in various publications, including Daily Science Fiction, Nature, and Best of British Science Fiction 2016. She can be found online at sarahbyrne.org/fiction.


About the Narrator:

Tatiana Grey is a critically acclaimed actress of stage, screen, and the audio booth. She has been nominated for dozens of fancy awards but hasn’t won a single damned thing. However, she does have a feature film hitting the festival circuit, called Serious Laundry. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Learn more about her at tatianagrey.com.


  1. Beyond excellent. Thank you.

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