Just a few quotes from our book The Tales of Astro Cat:
“The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things that now lie hidden. A single life time, even though entirely devoted to research, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject. . . . And so this knowledge will be unfolded through long successive ages. There will come a time when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them. . . . Many discoveries are reserved for ages still to come, when memory of us will have been effaced. Our universe is a sorry little affair unless it has in it something for every age to investigate . . . . Nature does not reveal her mysteries once and for all.”
Seneca, Natural Questions Book 7, c. first century
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
U Phat Khat
Marble, present day Astro Cat taking a break from reading “The Tales of Astro Cat” on his new Kindle. I think I actually caught him smiling…er, maybe more like grinning.
Announcing the publication of our “Illustrated Feline Family Chronicle” – The Tales of Astro Cat, by Davis and Kathleen Horner. It will be available for purchase as an eBook on the Kindle/Amazon site on Monday, May 21st, 2012, for $9.99. If you don’t have a Kindle Reader, you can download a free Kindle reader to your PC or Mac and read it online. You will need an Amazon account – also free – to buy the book.
We are planning to publish the book to Nook (Barnes & Noble), Sony PSR-500, and iBooks very soon as well. Failing everything else, you can buy directly from us (PayPal) and we’ll send the .pdf file to you by email.
It has been a great deal of hard and fun work to bring this book to life. We hope all our readers are entertained and delighted, and we also believe that these stories may be a valuable tool for teaching and inspiring young and older readers to explore astronomy and the other sciences, and to discover our heritage of scientific discovery over the past several centuries. Please tell friends and associates about The Tales of Astro Cat, and send along any suggestions you might have of individuals or groups that would be interested.
Thank you for your support!
Davis and Kathleen Horner (and Marble, the present day Astro Cat)
In the preface to his treatise De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, in which he propounds his theory of the heliocentric model of the planets, Nicolaus Copernicus acknowledges his gratitude for a certain “Giancarlo”, who, he said, “one warm September evening shocked me out of my intellectual torpor, thus helping me to understand the sense of this theory”.
Another sample of the rich literary and illustrative work running throughout the pages of “The Tales of Astro Cat”, Davis and Kathleen Horner © 2012.
Dave and Kathleen Horner are charming musicians, and they have written a charmingly lyrical fantasy about a long line of enterprising cats. The ancestral cat hailed from Siam, the latest scion dwells in the Horners’ own house, and in the intervening centuries these resourceful creatures made their adventurous way through many a land – Italy, England, Ireland, America, even the moon – surviving battles and pirates and hobnobbing with such as Marco Polo, Galileo, Oliver Cromwell, Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Charlie Chaplin. Each of them took a scientific interest in the world around them and especially the guiding stars above them.
The story is embellished with colorful illustrations, and all in all it’s an entertaining way to learn as much as these clever cats do!
Author of the Astronomical Calendar, http://www.universalworkshop.com
Lyme Regis, England
June is the target for publication of The Tales of Astro Cat on Kindle. Meanwhile we’re waiting to hear from several literary agents. Marble is so excited we’re going to have to make this both a literary and a celebrity blog, because he is soon to be a famous feline!
How did all of this happen? One morning a few years ago we discovered Marble sitting quietly atop a newly acquired telescope. Needless to say, it was startling and totally unexpected in a rather amusing sort of way. This was the moment we realized there was much more to this cat than the eye could see. It was then that he slowly helped us to come to understand his unique heritage and the long line of Astro Cats that were his great legacy. He just decided that it was time to reveal the truth about his amazing ancestors and the stories that were passed on to him through the magic of The Purple Cone. So now the beat goes on and on….
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