What's So Special About Pets in Space?
by Special Guest S.E. Smith
PETS IN SPACE 4, the latest Pets in Space anthology, is here! I invited my buddy Susan, better known as NY Times and USA TODAY bestselling author S.E. Smith, over for virtual tea and crumpets (and a bit of Baileys Irish) to tell what's so special about Pets in Space.
There are anthologies – and then there is Pets in Space®. Pets in Space 4 is not your typical anthology for a good reason – the anthology has a passion from the writers and a meaning to the collaborators that is missed in other collections.
The authors’ passion comes from two sources: Hero-Dogs.org, the non-profit charity that Pets in Space donates to each year, and the wonderful support of the readers. For the past four years, Pauline Baird Jones and Veronica Scott have cultivated Pets in Space by combining their love for animals and science fiction to help Hero-Dogs.org. This charity trains service animals for veterans and first responders who need help. [Ed. Note: See my previous blog post from last year on this wonderful organization.]
As a pet owner, I know the comfort and joy that having the unconditional love of a pet can bring. Service animals bring all of that and more. Specially trained, these pets provide a quality of life for their owner while finding a great home filled with love.
The second reason Pets in Space has done so well is because of the readers. Readers fall in love with the stories written by the authors who have been specifically chosen to write these special, original stories. The stories all revolve around unique pets – some alien, some not – who help the main characters. This year, 13 of today’s leading Science Fiction authors have joined forces to offer this limited time anthology to readers.
Special Connection with Pets in Space
As the wife, daughter, and sister of a veteran, this anthology has a deep meaning for me. My father was a disabled veteran and I saw the difference having a pet in his life made. As a teacher, I’ve had the privilege of working with students who had service dogs and saw the difference it made to their lives. Each author has a special connection with the anthology and it comes through in the wonderful stories that are written specifically for Pets in Space.
My story connects with a character from my Lords of Kassis series. L’eon, a small Lightning Chameleon, adopts Madas as his familiar and will do anything to protect her. In “Madas’s Falling Star,” danger surrounds a Tearnat Prince when his star fighter is sabotaged and he finds help in the most unexpected form of a Forest Princess and her alien pet.
Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer to pick up your copy of Pets in Space 4! Available October 8, 2019.
S.E. Smith is an internationally acclaimed, New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of science fiction, romance, fantasy, paranormal, and contemporary works for adults, young adults, and children. She enjoys writing a wide variety of genres that pull her readers into worlds that take them away. Readers can check out her website at https://sesmithfl.com and chat with her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/se.smith.5