Read this if you love queer space romps that have something important to say – and can still make you laugh.

Judgement Dave

Starship Teapot #2
Judgement Dave by SI CLARKE

Word count: 56,700
Page count: 230
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This time, the universe puts the cat in CATastrophe.

Plucked from her home on Earth and ending up aboard a strange spaceship in an even stranger universe, Lem and the misfit crew of the Teapot have more than enough trouble on their hands. But when they receive an urgent last-minute call, they have just one week to save a race of cat-people from certain destruction.

Stuck with a disaster-platypus of a project manager and an entire race of people seemingly determined to thwart their own rescue, the Teapot’s crew face the impossible job of herding cats and helping evacuate the planet before it’s blown to smithereens.

Can Lem and the gang avert disaster and save this race of infuriating cat-people?

Perfect for fans of wacky and imaginative sci-fi stories, this satirical space opera is a ridiculous adventure that will delight readers of John Scalzi’s take on Fuzzy Nation or TJ Berry’s Space Unicorn Blues.

Silliness rating
Vexatious cat-people
Neuodivergence rep

Clarke has keen insight, and Judgment Dave holds up a mirror to our present moment … a hilarious tale wrapped around a warm, uplifting core.

J. Scott Coatsworth, author of The Stark Divide

Developmental editing by

Michelle Meade of Michelle Meade Reads

Copy-editing by

Lucy York of Lucy Rose York

Proofreading by

Hannah McCall of Black Cat Editorial Services

Cover illustration by

Interior illustration by

Joining the Teapot crew again is like snuggling in a fuzzy blanket. It's just so wholesome and lovely.

Fans of these other spec-fic authors may also enjoy this series: Charlie Jane Anders, Becky Chambers, Robert Rankin, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Lindsay Buroker, Jim C Hines, John Scalzi, John Wilker, Ethan Freckleton, J.R. Frontera, Matthew Metzger, Kaia Sønderby, Gareth Powell, Robert J Sawyer, Corinne Duyvis, Mary Robinette Kowal, Mike Chen, TJ Berry, P. Djèlí Clark, Charles Stross

File under keywords: sci-fi, cats in space, apocalypse, death by asteroid, satire, quirky, misfit, British, bumbling hero, strong female characters, transgender, agender, asexual, found family, outsiders, Canadian, dogs in fiction, fictional pubs, humour, humorous, sarcastic, queer, space opera, alien abduction, cataclysm, satirical

Print edition ISBN 978-1-7397681-0-2

ebook edition ISBN 978-1-9162878-9-1