All Cats Are Gray by Andre Norton

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“All Cats Are Gray” is a 1953 science fiction short story by Andre Norton. It is about a knowledgeable space drifter who helps one man find his fortune.

Non-Spoiler Summary

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Steena is one of those women who drifts from space port to space port, taking the odd job and dispensing valuable knowledge. She has helped a lot of people score some big finds in her life, but she’s never allowed herself to accept any compensation – except for Bat the cat of course. Well, when one down-on-his-luck spacer is advised by Steena to go after the biggest prize of all, he is shocked to find out that she wants to come with him. It’s a good thing she goes along too, because she and Bat play a very important role while searching for treasure on the haunted spaceship!

Some Interesting Tidbits

  • Word count: 2,712 (5 pages)
  • Did you know that Andre Alice Norton was the first woman to receive the Gandalf Grand Master Award from the World Science Fiction Society in 1977? Yep. Learn more about this fascinating science fiction author at Wikipedia.

Where To Find All Cats Are Gray

  • This short story was first published in the August–September 1953 issue of Fantastic Universe Science Fiction.
  • You can read “All Cats Are Gray” online at Project Gutenberg.
  • It is also included in the short story collection Sci-Fi WOMANthology.

Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

If you liked “All Cats Are Gray” then you might also enjoy “Chance Encounter” by A. Bertram Chandler – about two men who accept dangerous but lucrative assignments as crewmen on an exploration ship to the edge of the galaxy.

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