for Cat Lovers Features Story by
MCCC Faculty Member Ed Carmien
"I Am King!"
by MCCC faculty member Edward Carmien is one of 17 original stories
included in the new anthology, Catopolis, which celebrates
the mysterious world of cats. The book is published by DAW Books,
a subsidiary of the Penguin Group.
An associate professor of English and author of many stories in
the fantasy genre, Carmien turns to a new page of fantasy fiction
with "I Am King!" This gripping tale chronicles a feral
cat's battle for survival against all manner of foe - a predatory
bird, a dominant alley cat, an endless horde of rats. With names
like One-Eye, Bit-Ear, and Twitch, Carmien's cats bravely face a
harsh world far from the realm of pampered purebreds. But there
are friends too -- a female that explains the rules of the alley
and a wise, mysterious giant that steps in at a fateful moment.
And, thankfully, there are kinder places beyond the alley that offer
a brighter future.
Man Ed Carmien
was inspired to focus on the lives of cats after he and his family took
in two tabbies from a local shelter. "Watching the two cats fight,
playfully yet fiercely and with total devotion to their cause, sparked
the idea behind this story," Carmien said.
joined the MCCC faculty in 2005, where he teaches courses in English and
science fiction. He received his doctorate degree from Bowling Green State
Catopolis is edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Janet Deaver-Pack
and is a sequel to Furry Fantastic. The 320-page paperback will
be available in December, 2008. For ordering information, visit the Penguin
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